Ecuador

Not only is Ecuador blessed with a delightful temperate climate, but despite its relatively small size, it is also a treasure chest of some of nature’s most exotic marvels. Coursing like a backbone through the middle of the country are the Andes mountains with their snow-capped volcanoes and stunning scenery. To the east of the country is the Oriente which is home to the Amazon basin and a dizzying array of the world’s exotic flora and fauna, whilst to the west lie the rich farmlands of the coastal plain and the sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

And perhaps its greatest natural treasure are the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin through his theory of evolution and home to an incredible variety of land and marine life.

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Horse riding in the Andes

Zuleta

Riding out from an enchanting, historic hacienda through the Ecuadorian Andes offers the chance to enjoy the incredible scenery, but also give you a real insight into local life as you gallop between patchwork fields in pastoral valleys and then ascend onto the wild open plains of Cotapaxi, the snow-capped Andean peaks which provide a truly magnificent backdrop.

You get a chance of seeing the Andean wildlife such as the mighty condor as well as high altitude hummingbirds, foxes and deer as you cross a variety of habitats including rugged passes, barren, luna-like landscapes and rolling, grassy hills.

The rides can be anything from just a few hours to much long rides from hacienda to hacienda for the more experienced rider.

Swimming with sealions

Galapagos Sea Lions

One of the most special and unique features of the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands is that on the whole most species show very little fear of humans.  As you wander along on the islands it is easy to see so many animals and birds at very close quarters and typically they refuse to get out of the way and so you have to walk around the animals.

The same can be said for the sea lions, who are remarkably inquisitive, so often when snorkeling you can suddenly find a group of playful sea lions swimming around and coming right up to your mask and eyeballing you. Cheeky, playful and endearing,  there are few activities as exciting and truly memorable as getting up close and personal with these delightful characters of the sea.

Due to its equatorial climate, Ecuador can be visited throughout the year, but May to October tend to be the drier months. The water in the Galapagos Islands can be a little cooler and choppier from around July to September, but the islands can be enjoyed throughout the year.

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The Best of Ecuador

The Best of Ecuador itinerary is a wonderful journey through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, taking in the greatest highlights of the country.

  • 3 nights at Hacienda Zuleta
  • 1 night at Casa Gangotena
  • 3 nights at Napo Wildlife Centre
  • 1 night at Casa Gangotena
  • 7 nights at M/V Evolution

(Price based on two people sharing a twin/double room excluding the cost of international flights London/Quito/London.)

From £5,970 per person

LOCATION

ECUADOR KEY INFO

Visa

No Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT - 5 Hours

Flight Time

13.5 hours with one stop

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