A walk in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

18 September 2009

The UK’s leading guided walking holidays operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a 19 day adventure, combining vibrant Ecuador, with a cruise around and stay on the amazing Galápagos Islands much in focus in this celebratory year of Darwin’s monumental discoveries.

This fascinating journey begins in Ecuador’s Quito, where one can explore the old colonial centre and visit La Mitad del Mundo – the site where the location of the equator was measured.

From Quito, one continues north to Otovalo to visit the Indian market and walk the beautiful countryside around Laguna Cuilocha.

Descending into the Amazon basin, one is struck by the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Continuing to Riobamba, one takes the train down the ‘Devil’s Nose’, visits the Cotopaxi National Park and Walks on the highest active volcano in the world.

From Quito, one flies out to join the three night Galápagos cruise which sails amongst isolated volcanic islands – each a unique biological haven. One then spends two nights on the Galápagos island of Santa Cruz walking through arid vegetation.

Finally, its onto Guayaquil en route to colonial Cuenca for a walking tour of the old town, lakes and ponds of the spectacular Cajas National Park.

Price for 19 days £3,299 per person includes return flights, half board accommodation in hotels, full board accommodation on the Galápagos cruise and the services of a tour leader.

For more information and reservations, visit ramblersholidays.co.uk.

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