Quito

Cobblestone plazas, ornately decorated churches and neo-gothic buildings sit side by side with glass-fronted restaurants and a thriving nightlife scene in Ecuador’s enchanting capital. Quito’s distinct neighbourhoods create a beguiling city of contrasts, where the urban sprawl is hemmed in by sweeping volcanoes and some astonishing hilltops from which to enjoy the views.

Quito’s compact Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undoubtedly the place to begin exploring. Climb rickety ladders up the spire of the impressive Basilica del Voto Nacional, marvel at the intricate gold detailing in the San Francisco monastery and settle down to dinner in one of the pleasant, colonial plazas. A striking statue of the Virgin Mary watches over the city from neighbouring hill El Panecillo, colourful market stalls spill out onto the cobbled streets and smiling stall holders welcome you in whilst lively bars draw a mixed crowd of locals and travellers, creating an infectious buzz and a city that welcomes you back with open arms after ventures to the Amazon and Galapagos Islands beyond.

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Quito, Cotopaxi, Galapagos & Otavalo

Ecuador may be small but it certainly packs a punch! Get under the skin of this diverse country; explore the highlands and speed down volcanoes by bike, visit indigenous markets and snorkel with weird and wonderful wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, finishing up at a charming hacienda near the colourful indigenous market town of Otavalo.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Wildlife, Diving

Quito & the Galapagos

Quito & Galapagos

Experience a once in a lifetime cruise around the enchanting Galapagos Islands and observe wonderful and unique wildlife and breathtaking volcanic scenery whilst staying on board the Sea Star Journey a luxurious expedition vessel which affords excellent value. Combine your trip with Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best for: Cruise, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon

Highlights of Ecuador & the Galapagos

Cotopaxi, Quito, Galapagos & Otavalo

From adventures in the Avenue of the Volcanoes to wildlife encounters in the Galapagos Islands, this itinerary explores Ecuador's diverse ecosystems, celebrating its indigenous cultures and showcasing all that this tiny country has to offer. Take in Ecuador's absolute highlights, staying in luxurious accommodation throughout.

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Culture, Wildlife

Ecuador for the Family

Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador is a wonderful destination for families, with an incredible array of wildlife to be found, adventure activities galore and short travelling times in between destinations. This itinerary includes time in the mysterious cloudforest and a cruise around the Galapagos Islands where you can get up close to wildlife both on land and in the water...

Best for: Couples, Wildlife, Trekking

Peru & Galapagos in Style

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Quito, Galapagos

Experience the very best of Peru and Ecuador on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines Peru's breathtaking Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with a Galapagos cruise on board the ultra-luxurious sister ships, MV Origin or Theory. Stay in stylish properties throughout and experience the finest South American hospitality.

Best for: Cruise, Culture, Honeymoon, Wildlife

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