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Ecuador by train and Galapagos cruise

14 days from £6,650pp

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

Travel from the snow-capped Andean highlands to the tropical coast by rail, stopping along the way to enjoy cultural treats and countryside lodgings. Then fly to the Galápagos Islands for a 6 day cruise.

The slow pace of life in rural Ecuador, a country whose Andean spine is studded with snow-dipped volcanoes and haciendas dating back to the colonial era which sprawl across upland pastures, is ideal for discovery by train. The rail network, which was once a primary means of transportation across this small country, has been revived so that visitors can enjoy a nostalgic experience travelling at a gentle speed behind steam and diesel powered locomotives. En route, you spend the night in welcoming countryside lodges and ranches.

You’ll explore the rugged uplands north of Quito: this is artisan country, where age-old crafts including weaving, wood-carving and leather work have been kept alive in small indigenous villages. A separate journey takes you south down the famed Avenue of Volcanoes, a journey of almost indescribable beauty where fertile farmland is juxtaposed with icy peaks. Ride down the dizzying switchback Devil’s Nose and end your journey in the sub-tropical lowlands close to Guayaquil, well placed to continue your holiday with a cruise around the Galápagos Islands.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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