Location: Galapagos and Ecuador Duration: 14 nights Price: From £7,050 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 is one for those who like the best of all worlds- we’ve cherry-picked the most colourful wildlife of Ecuador for you, as well as the most stunning scenery and the most memorable cultural experiences. Explore the charming colonial city of Quito, visit a traditional hacienda, hike through the lush green Amazon rainforest and cruise in style around the unique and beautiful Galapagos Islands- all squeezed into one action-packed adventure. Along the way, take a scenic train trip, wander around local markets and snorkel through waters rich with marine life.

Perfect for

Wildlife lovers and intrepid adventurers who like to get off the beaten track.

In the know

Extend your trip and spending more time in the Andes either north or south of Quito.

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Wildlife & Nature

Quito- 3 nights

Before venturing into the Amazon, explore the historic city of Quito from your base at the Plaza Grande, a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of the characterful old town. Further afield, among your inclusive tours, the highlights could include a day trip to the mountain village of Otavalo: here, you’ll come across llamas and alpacas and experience the bustling markets, bursting with arts and crafts from colourful alpaca pashminas to intricately decorated pots. At Hacienda Zuleta, a fine example of a traditional hacienda, you could go hiking or horse-riding. On another day trip, jump onboard the Liberty Train for a scenic journey from the market town of Ibarra to Salinas (in Imbabura), where you can take a tour of the small town, visit the salt museum and enjoy a performance by local dancers.

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AMAZON- 3 nights

Take a short flight to Coca and transfer by canoe to La Selva, deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Stay in a distinctive bamboo cabana, tuck into delicious local dishes and swim in the lagoon. Explore the surrounding rainforest and meet its many inhabitants with the help of an expert guide. At the end of the day, relax on deck with a cocktail and take in the famous Amazon sunset.

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QUITO- 2 nights

Back in Quito and your base at the Plaza Grande, enjoy a day trip to the distinctive snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano, which is sacred to local Andean people. You’ll also be able to visit the nearby rose farms, nestled in the slopes of the volcano. The world-renowned roses grown here benefit from a unique microclimate- being on the equator and close to the sun, they grow tall and straight with especially bright blooms.

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GALAPAGOS- 5 nights

Another flight brings you to the beautiful Galapagos Islands, where you’ll join the luxury catamaran Ocean Spray for a six-day cruise- plenty of time to take in the dazzling variety of wildlife on both land and sea. Trek around volcanoes and through lava fields, and see extraordinary wildlife such as the legendary giant tortoises and striking red-breasted frigate birds. Out on the water, go kayaking and snorkelling, and see if you can spot marine iguanas, sea lions and turtles.

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QUITO- 1 night

Spend a final night in Quito at the Plaza Grande, and relax and rejuvenate before your flight home. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or linger over a decadent dinner in one of the three gourmet restaurants.

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