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  • Ingapirca, Ecuador
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  • Colonial buildings, Quito, Ecuador
  • Panama hats - made in Ecuador
  • Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador
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The spa town of Banos de Agua Santa is Ecuador’s adventure capital, a bustling tourist haven perched at the foot of the breathtaking Tungurahua Volcano. Surrounded by mountains, raging rivers and over 60 waterfalls that tumble down towards the tropical lowlands, the town was originally a pilgrimage centre following a vision of the Virgin Mary.

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Cotopaxi National Park

70 miles south of Quito along the breathtaking “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, the beautiful snowy peak of the Cotopaxi Volcano and national park dominates the countryside. Just under 6000m above sea-level, Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s second tallest peak and one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.

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Cultural, Historic or World Heritage Site


Ecuador’s most attractive colonial city, “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca” was founded in 1557 and is a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Historic white-washed churches sit alongside mansions and charming townhouses while hand-carved balconies overlook the cobbled streets and leafy plazas. 

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Located upon a small hall amidst a patchwork of fields, Ecuador’s finest ruin Ingapirca commands captivating views across the lush El Canar valley. Sitting at 3300m above sea-level, the site was originally of Cañari design, a civilisation that dominated southern Ecuador.

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Under the shadow of the imposing Pichincha Volcano at 2800m above sea-level, Quito is Ecuador’s attractive, bustling capital. Founded in 1534 by Sebastián de Benalcazar, much of the city’s colonial heart has survived to this day, a picturesque, white-washed maze of historic churches, cobbled plazas and traditional townhouses that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

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Rail Journey

The Devils Nose Train

The iconic “Devil’s Nose Train” is one of the last remnants of Ecuador’s Great Southern Railway that linked the port of Guayaquil in the south to the capital Quito. On completion, the “most difficult train in the world”, as it was dubbed, cut a dizzying trail high into the Andes through canyons, mountains and gorges.

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Tren Crucero - cruise train

In June 2013, the “Tren Crucero” was launched, a wonderful project to knit together 4 sections of the surviving track of Ecuador’s Great Southern Railway that once linked the port of Guayaquil to the capital Quito.

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River Journey

MV Anakonda

The height of luxury and style on the mighty Napo River, the 148 foot MV Anakonda Riverboat was constructed in 2013 and offers unique cruises through the steamy rainforest of the Yasuní National Park and Cuyabeno National Reserve. 

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MV Manatee Amazon Explorer

The MV Manatee Amazon Explorer is a comfortable 80 foot riverboat, custom built in 2002 for rainforest cruises. The Manatee offers 4, 5 and 8 day cruises along the mighty Napo River to explore the breathtaking flora and fauna of Yasuní National Park. 

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Mindo Cloud-forest

The steamy Mindo Nambillo Reserve features over 20,000 hectares of lush valleys and rolling cloudforest and is a true paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike. Perched in the shadow of the snow-capped mountains between 1400 and 4778 metres above sea-level, Mindo forms part of the Andean Choco corridor, one of the richest biodiversity hotspots on the planet.

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The Lodges

Ecuador encompasses a mere 2% of the continent’s rainforest yet boasts a dizzying third of the Amazon’s entire bird species. At the heart of country’s tropics, the Yasuni National park covers 9,820 km² of pristine rainforest and is arguably the most biologically diverse spot on Earth, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989.

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