Straddling two hemispheres, Ecuador – the smallest of the Andean countries – offers a striking blend of landscapes, peoples and cultures. Once the Inca Empire's northernmost territory, successive waves of invaders have left their indelible mark on the country, and your own micro-invasion should certainly include more than just the Galapagos Islands, spectacular though they are. Despite its compact size, the country boasts more than its fair share of hidden historical gems, intriguing cultural wonders and awe-inspiring otherworldly landscapes. Take your time on your Ecuador holiday and you can visit
Incan ruins on the hilltops of the Sierra; the beautifully preserved cities of Quito and Cuenca – both rich in art and architecture after 300 years of Spanish rule – and even explore the rainforests of the upper reaches of Amazon basin. Trek through forested trails on the lookout for monkeys, toucans and sloths, or cruise down the waterways to try and catch a glimpse of the famed pink river dolphins. Even more wondrous wildlife-watching opportunities await on the legendary Galapagos Islands. Embark from Guayaquil – the gateway to the Islands – and arrive on Santa Cruz Island, home to the archipelago’s largest town (Puerto Ayora). Our travel experts can create an island-hopping itinerary with multiple destinations, so you can experience the full extent of the Galapagos’ endemic wildlife. As if the extraordinary on-land wildlife encounters weren’t enough, divers and snorkellers will want to venture beneath the waves for unparalleled marine life sightings. Back on dry land, Ecuador’s cities are treasure troves of traditional colonial architecture and Ecuadorian culture, which can be explored alongside expert guides

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Kate had to cover all the rerouting, chasing luggage, rebooking and so on. She was immediately available late at night and took every step to ensure that when we disembarked from any particular flight, everything had been sorted out along with suggestions of activities (which we didn’t do as the kids were generally wiped out! ). Her level of engagement gave me confidence that any immediate issue would be resolved while my family and I were in the air. I want to make sure that Kate and the team’s effort here is fully recognized. Again, she did a great job in looking after us and my family and I hugely appreciated her immense dedication and support.
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