Ecuador HOLIDAYS

Ecuador, best known for the Galapagos Islands, has its own attractions and should not be overlooked for a holiday or a honeymoon. It is one of the safest countries in South America, and one of the smallest. This compact little country is a fascinating place to visit. Its mainland can be broken up into three geographical regions; The Pacific coastal plain, the Andean mountain range and Ecuadorian Amazonia.

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VOLCANOES

Ecuador’s famous ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ runs south of Quito and contains 7 volcanoes each of which is over 5,000 metres high. At their base you will find a mixture of local markets, colonial towns, cloud forest, rivers and historical hacienda to stay in.

TRAIN RIDES

The train system in Ecuador has had a major overall in the past 10 years and their lines now stretch as far north as Otavalo and as far south as Cuenca.  It is one the best ways to see the country as it allows you take in the superb scenery as well as stop to visit some of the highlights of the country.

COLONIAL TOWNS

In the far north is Otavalo, a town famous for its local market and weaving as well its colonial buildings. The best place to stay though is Cuenca in the south.  This small town has been built around its lovely colonial stonework and its numerous churches are simply stunning, especially the ones with the flower markets as its doors.

CLOUD FOREST

The cloud forest of Mindo, to the west of Quito is probably one of the most accessible in the continent – a 3 hour drive away. Within such a short time you find yourself in another world, where the dripping forest is home numerous bird and plant species

WILDLIFE

The Ecuadorian Amazon has a charm like no other. The lodge’s distances from the nearest point of civilisation mean you feel remote and the wildlife flourishes. On top of this there are numerous lakes allowing the canopy to be broken and hence see more wildlife.

HACIENDAS

When the Spanish arrive in Ecuador they fell in love with its climate.  Sitting on the Equator it has similar weather all year round and its gentle altitude meant temperatures were pleasant, so they settled and built stunning Haciendas which are used as hotels today.

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Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From January through to April there is a small rainy season, so expect the occasional shower along with slightly warmer temperatures – 15-20 Centigrade.  Specific drier months are June to September
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From January through to April there is a small rainy season, so expect the occasional shower along with slightly warmer temperatures – 15-20 Centigrade.  Specific drier months are June to September
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From January through to April there is a small rainy season, so expect the occasional shower along with slightly warmer temperatures – 15-20 Centigrade.  Specific drier months are June to September
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From January through to April there is a small rainy season, so expect the occasional shower along with slightly warmer temperatures – 15-20 Centigrade.  Specific drier months are June to September
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. May is the end of the rainy season, so expect the odd downpour and temperatures around 16 Centigrade.
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. June through to September are their summer months, so little to no rain and temperatures around 16 Centigrade.
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. June through to September are their summer months, so little to no rain and temperatures around 16 Centigrade.
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. June through to September are their summer months, so little to no rain and temperatures around 16 Centigrade.
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. June through to September are their summer months, so little to no rain and temperatures around 16 Centigrade.
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From October through to December you may get the bit of rain, so expect the occasional shower and temperatures around 16 C
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From October through to December you may get the bit of rain, so expect the occasional shower and temperatures around 16 C
Ecuador sits on the Equator and as such she has similar weather all year round. From October through to December you may get the bit of rain, so expect the occasional shower and temperatures around 16 C

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AN OVERVIEW OF Ecuador

The Andean mountains cut through the country forming enormous valleys and are home to tribes of indigenous Indians that still maintain their way of life. The Amazon, or what is known as ‘El Oriente’, is a hot and humid area with a maze of rivers and creeks weaving through it.

Throughout the country you will find a wealth animals and plants, with, 1,600 species of bird, 1,000 fish, 680 reptiles and amphibians, 230 mammals and more than 20,000 species of plant.

In short Ecuador is a stable country offering diverse local markets, snow capped volcanoes, quaint colonial towns, Inca ruins and an untapped Amazon region. It also offers some of the best accommodation on the continent in the form of haciendas and trips can be provided staying purely within this Old Spanish world.

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