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Ecuador abounds in rich Indigenous culture, century-old wildlife and delicious sweet and savoury banana-based dishes.
Despite being one of South America’s smallest nations, Ecuador is home to the continent’s largest outdoor market. At Otavalo Market, visitors are met with a splendid kaleidoscope of artisanal textiles and a wave of exotic aromas.
This display of culture, craftsmanship and culinary passion surrounded by the Imbabura volcano and the Fuya Fuya mountain is a solid indication of what travellers can expect from the rest of Ecuador.
In the stunning capital of Quito – a city so high up that most visitors need to acclimatise – you’ll find a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town with a fusion of Spanish and Native American architecture.
Throughout Ecuador lies an array of small indigenous towns packed with artistic promise. If you’re one for Andean folk music, you can’t go past the tiny indigenous towns of Cotacachi and Peguche.
Many holidays to Ecuador include a visit to the islands Charles Darwin deemed 'to be a little world within itself'. The Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago of 18 islands, is a biodiversity hotspot with plant and animal species that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. Of course, the islands are known for its enormous tortoises, some of which are more than 100 years old.