Location: Galapagos and Colombia Duration: 11 nights Price: From £6,850 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

This escapade to the equator is a great introduction to unspoilt Ecuador and beautiful Colombia. After spending a few days cruising the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll come face to face with penguins, sea lions and giant tortoises, you’ll fly to Colombia’s sun-kissed Caribbean coast to explore the colonial city of Cartagena. A great escape for Latin America newcomers (who never like to be too far from a good beach...).

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Taking you from one of South America’s most famous wildlife havens to one of its most splendid colonial cities, this itinerary is perfect for anybody looking to find out what Ecuador and Colombia are all about.  

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Head to the lush valleys of mainland Colombia to visit the country’s famous coffee plantations.

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QUITO - 2 nights

Following a flight to Quito, you’ll be transferred to your home for the next two nights, the stylish La Casona de la Ronda, which sits in a bohemian neighbourhood brimming with quirky bars, boutiques and art galleries. Before flying on to the Galapagos Islands, you’ll get to know the ins and outs of Ecuador’s colonial capital on a tour that’ll take you from its most grandiose architecture to its bustling markets and elegant plazas, periodically ducking down the labyrinthine alleyways, sleepy side streets and tiny passageways that lead to the city’s more hidden gems.

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GALAPAGOS - 4 nights

The Galapagos archipelago is a spellbinding family of islets, where colonies of penguins waddle out to welcome visitors, lethargic giant tortoises live life in the slow lane and blue footed boobies perform elaborate mating dances as seals sun themselves on the beaches. As well as abundant wildlife, there are enormous volcanoes and tranquil coves: cruising between the islands aboard the stylish catamaran Cormorant, you’ll explore each and every beautiful inch. As well as being led on volcano treks and wildlife walks, you may well find yourself navigating serene island shores by kayak or snorkelling in the sea with curious sea lions. Whether you’re whale-watching from the yacht’s large deck, relaxing in its open-air Jacuzzi or clinking champagne flutes beneath a vast canopy of glistening constellations, aboard the Eclipse you’ll succumb to the magic of Ecuador’s ‘Enchanted Islands.’

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GUAYAQUIL - 1 night

At the end of your Galapagos cruise, you’ll hop on a flight to Guayaquil for a night at the Hilton Guayaquil before flying on to Cartagena via Bogota. Relax before the next stage of your journey- take a dip in the pool, choose one of the variety of restaurants and tuck into some gourmet dishes, or head out into Guayaquil for a stroll and a delicious meal on the waterfront.

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CARTAGENA - 3 nights

With crumbling colonial architecture gazing out over the electric-turquoise waters of the Caribbean, picturesque Cartagena is the palette of Colombia, a charming city given a kaleidoscopic splash of colour by the endless rows of vibrantly-painted terraced houses that line cobblestone streets winding between galleries, museums and buzzing restaurants. Just off the city shores, you’ll find a number of tropical islands offering superb snorkelling and golden sand beaches dotted with palm trees. While in Cartagena, you’ll stay at La Passion, a historic boutique hotel sitting right in the heart of things, with lovely flower-strewn balconies, a rooftop swimming pool and wonderful views stretching out across centuries-old domed rooftops.

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