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Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador in terms of population and is the capital of the Azuay Province. It is located in the Sierra, the highlands of Ecuador, at about 8,200ft (2,500m) above sea level.  Having been one of the first cities in the Inca Empire, it is so full of historical buildings that its centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site.  When the Incas arrived, they named this city "Tomebamba", which means "River Valley of Knives".  Today, one of the rivers of Cuenca has kept this name.

There are some marvelous accommodations in Cuenca, including the Mansion Alcazar.



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Active Ecuador

Nights: 11 | from £5,360pp

Our most comprehensive mainland Ecuador itinerary with plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Explore it all from colourful markets, thermal waters,... Find out more

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Quito’s Reserves

Nights: 3 | from £880pp

Take time on the outskirts of this amazing city hiking volcanos and jumping into cloud forests and discovering species that are unique to this amazing... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys – Galapagos Wildlife Adventure 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,365pp

Cruise for seven nights aboard ‘Eclipse’ — an expedition vessel that blends stability, comfort and flexibility — in the Galápagos Islands Find out more

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Discover Galapagos & Ecuador

Nights: 14 | from £5,995pp

Combine a trip to the incomparable Galapagos Islands with a journey through the beautiful highland regions of Ecuador, discovering its artisan crafts... Find out more

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Rainforest, Amazon and Galapagos

Nights: 13 | from £7,610pp

A nature-lover’s dream, this Ecuadorian adventure takes you from the Andes to the Amazon, with the Galapagos Islands in between, to appreciate the country’s... Find out more

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Hacienda Abraspungo, Riobamba

Located a few miles from the centre of Riobamba in Las Abras, Hacienda Abraspungo offers the most suitable accommodation for visitors to the Riobamba... Find out more

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Mansion Alcazar

Located a short walk from the famous Parque Calderon square, Mansión Alcázar Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore this vibrant area of Cuenca,... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys – Galapagos Wildlife Adventure 2017

Ecuador & Galápagos

Save up to £415pp 

Travel on our group departure Galapagos Wildlife Adventure on the following departures 8th, 22nd September, 13th, 27th October and 10th November to receive the discount. Must be booked by the 31st August 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply

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M/C Cormorant, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador & Galápagos, Ecuador, Galápagos

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Book to explore the Galapagos on M/C Cormorant and save up to £835 on select departure dates in August and September 2017.

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M/C Ocean Spray, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador & Galápagos, Ecuador, Galápagos

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Book to explore the Galapagos on M/C Ocean Spray and save up to £835 on select departure dates in June, August, September and December 2017.

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M/C Petrel

Ecuador & Galápagos

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Book to explore the Galapagos on M/C Petrel and save up to £835 on select departure dates in August and December 2017.

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The Galapagos. After Mashpi we were somewhat apprehensive and hoping that the luxury and diversity of the Lodge would not deter from the different experience that was awaiting us on the MV Eclipse. Wow! The whole job lot with the crew, the guides, the food, the other guests and the islands and wildlife . . . . just blew us away. An American lady and her husband that we teamed up with on some trips said to us "How are we going to explain to friends and family back home about this place?" We all agreed that you couldn't! Thanks for organising the holiday Eleanor and thanks to A&K

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Best time to be there

The Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
 


Best time to be there

June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes whilst the Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


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