Location: Ecuador and Galapagos Duration: 15 nights Price: From £8,400 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

Fantastic for lovers of nature and wildlife, on this itinerary you’ll spend a relaxing few days in colonial Quito before venturing deep into the Amazon, exploring on foot and by canoe; with parrots and caiman crocodiles, monkeys and toucans, the rainforest really is where the wild things hide. You’ll then make your way to Otavalo and up to the mountains and lagoons of Ecuador’s rugged highlands, and end your trip with a seven-night luxury cruise around the Galapagos Islands, keeping an eye out for giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins and sea lions. From cities to highlands, islands to rainforests, this itinerary picks out the highlights of Ecuador.

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Highlands or islands? City or rainforest? This holiday is one for those who want to sample a little bit of everything, taking in the buzz of the capital, the serenity of the highlands and the incredible wildlife of the Amazon and the Galapagos.

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Stay in the Galapagos archipelago a little longer and relax a few days away at Finch Bay on Santa Cruz Island.

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QUITO - 2 nights

Flanked by snow-peaked volcanoes, Ecuador’s elegant capital enjoys the most spectacular of settings and is a beautiful place in which to begin your Ecuadorian escapade. A warren of avenues and alleyways, hidden within the city you’ll find markets and galleries, baroque architecture and restaurants, and its picturesque centre is dominated by a grandiose cathedral peering down on a sleepy plaza. During your stay here, the city is yours to explore as you please, so wander ‘til you’re lost then wander some more, and see where the labyrinth of cobbled streets leads you.
Your hotel in Quito will be Plaza Grande, a former residence of a Spanish conquistador that’s perched right on the main plaza. After two nights in the capital, you’ll head out of the city...

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THE AMAZON - 3 nights

...and into the Amazon. The Napo Wildlife Centre in Yasuní National Park is in the heart of Amazonian Ecuador, a magical and spectacular environment reached by plane and boat. Home to many of Ecuador's birds, hundreds of parrots and parakeets congregate daily to feed on the clay licks. Indulge your inner adventurer and explore black-water creeks by dugout canoe- keep an eye out for giant otters by day and a nocturnal menagerie of caiman crocodiles and bats at night. Back on dry land, several walking trails wind their way through the reserve. From the 120ft canopy tower you'll catch sight of monkeys in the treetops and toucans in the skies. Your rainforest retreat is a serene lakeside cabana with a private terrace, hidden a long way from anywhere- but as you'll be sharing your surroundings with hundreds of species of wildlife, you’ll always be in good company...

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OTAVALO - 2 nights

On to Otavalo, where you’ll stay two nights at Hacienda Cusin, a charming hotel engulfed by mountains and boasting graceful 17th century Ecuadorian architecture.
Having left no street unexplored in Quito and no path untrodden in the Amazon, a visit to Otavalo completes the trilogy of Ecuador’s mainland treasures, and here you’ll unwind in the tranquillity of the highlands, which offer a glimpse into yet another side of this hugely diverse country. The lush green peaks that wrap around azure lagoons are Ecuador’s gift to hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers, and rummaging through the bits and bobs of Otavalo’s famous market, you’ll come across all manner of curious trinkets and intriguing finds.

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THE GALAPAGOS - 7 nights

The Galapagos Islands lure many of Ecuador’s visitors out to sea. From Otavalo you’ll board a Galapagos-bound flight and begin a week-long island cruise aboard Silversea's stylish cruise ship Silver Galapagos. Counting giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and hammerhead sharks among its residents, and showing off enormous volcanoes and untouched beaches, the Galapagos archipelago is where nature shows off all its best bits. Your naturalist guide will keep you informed on all the whos and whats of the islands until you’re well acquainted with the archipelago and the animals that call it home. Kayaks and snorkelling gear are available onboard, and out on the waves you might well find yourself surrounded by penguins and sea lions. After a week with the wildlife you’ll fly to Guayaquil, where you can put your feet up in a day room at the luxurious Hilton hotel before flying home.

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