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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Pat was amazing, a true credit to Original Travel. He pulled together a fantastic itinerary and made insightful suggestions for things we could do that we hadn't thought of. He was generous with his time and expertise. We couldn't have asked for more. Would give 5+ if the ratings scale above allowed me to! The comms coming out of the UK are great. The app is particularly good. Some really lovely gifts awaited us at the hotels / on the boats courtesy of Original Travel. This was totally unexpected and very much appreciated. We had the holiday of a lifetime. We have zero complaints and wouldn't change a single aspect of our holiday. Give Pat a massive bonus! He's an incredible ambassador for your company and really knows his stuff. Truly outstanding.
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