Location: Ecuador and Galapagos Duration: 14 nights Price: From £6,200 per person in low season based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

See the spectacular sights of Ecuador and the Galapagos on this incredible family holiday. Ride in a cable car high above the streets of Quito, fly in a zipwire across the Andes, cross the equatorial line at the middle of the world, hike around snow-capped volcanoes and go horseriding along their slopes like a local cowboy. Stay in a traditional hacienda and shop in local markets before learning how to make your purchases into a delicious evening meal. If that’s not enough, you also get a week-long family cruise round the Galapagos Islands, where you’ll get to meet some of its unique residents and enjoy some perfect family photo opportunities.

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Adventurous families who like to get off the beaten track and explore the real heart of a country.

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Add an extra day in Ecuador to explore the Quilitoa Crater lagoon in the Andes, a spectacular caldera lake and hot springs formed by the collapse of a volcano.

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QUITO- 2 nights

Explore historic Quito, Ecuador’s capital, from your base at the historic and luxurious Plaza Grande hotel in the heart of the city. Children will love the El teleferico, one of the highest cable cars in the world, which takes you up to over 4,000 metres, with incredible views of the city as well as the Avenue of the Volcanoes- the line of Andean peaks that dramatically traverses Ecuador from north to south, which you will be exploring later. There’s also a visit to Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), where you can step over the equatorial line and find out fascinating facts about gravity at the interactive museum, while there’s plenty of splashing fun to be had at Yaku water park.

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HACIENDA EL PORVENIR- 5 nights

Heading into the Avenue of the Volcanoes, experience local Andean life and browse the busy markets of a highland town to buy some fresh produce which you will learn to cook for dinner at the traditional Hacienda El Porvenir, a working farm. Here, you can also learn how to milk a cow as well as don the traditional outfit of the chagra (Ecuadorian cowboys), to learn their skills, feed the horses, and ride around the slopes of Rumiñahui, an extinct volcano. Enjoy a thrilling zip line ride, and explore spectacular trails around the Cotopaxi volcano, where you can hike to a climbing hut and enjoy lunch by a lake. You will also visit a little-known colonial hacienda, built on the site of an Inca palace. Take in the panoramic views over the Andes, and at night, make sure you do some stargazing- there are some spectacular night skies here.

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GALAPAGOS- 7 nights

Last but not least, head to the Galapagos and join the Ecoventura fleet: explore the stunning islands on one of the sister luxury yachts Eric, Flamingo or Letty. The designated family departures for children of certain ages are ideal for meeting families of similar age groups- with children's menus and tailor-made activities (tie nautical knots with the captain and enjoy costume parties!). And as these yachts aren't large, travellers of all ages will relish the chance to venture to some of the smaller uninhabited islands for incredible wildlife spotting opportunities. See the famous giant tortoises and brightly coloured Sally Lightfoot crabs, and snorkel with marine iguanas and dolphins. Unwind afterwards in your stateroom or on the sundeck, and make the most of the ever-changing views. Fly to Guayaquil and relax in a day room at the Hilton hotel before your flight home.

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