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Otavalo is one of Ecuador's most popular destinations and celebrated for retaining the area's traditional heritage and culture. Saturday is market day and Otavalenos can be seen selling their wares and produce. The province is also well-known for its handicraft studios that specialise in leather work, woodcarvings and weaving. Even non-shoppers can enjoy the area and relax amongst beautiful scenery. Hiking, horse riding and biking can easily be arranged from your traditional Hacienda. Providing an insight into Ecuador's colourful past, these restored 'farmhouses' combine history with traditional décor and furnishings and create a unique atmosphere to capture the imagination.


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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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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Active Ecuador

Nights: 11 | from £3,440pp

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

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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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

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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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

Holiday type: Group departure

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Discover Galapagos & Ecuador

Nights: 14 | from £5,180pp

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

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Rainforest, Amazon and Galapagos

Nights: 13 | from £5,730pp

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

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Hacienda Zuleta

Dating from the late XVI century, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range, 9,600 feet (2,800 meters) above the sea level and only... Find out more

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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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As far as the naturalist guides in the Galapagos are concerned, they were all excellent, each with their own distinctive characters and styles of presentation.I would give special praise to Martin and Rulli (first week) and Karina (second week). Their knowledge and enthusiasm were outstanding and they were particularly conscious and caring of members of the group who needed a little extra time walking or a little extra help. The ship's crew were all lovely and friendly but I would particularly mention Edison (barman/waiter) and Darcy (panga driver) both of whom went the extra mile in providing their respective services.

- JB, London


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