|Flight time||from UK: 16hrs; from US: 7hrs 50mins|
|Ideal length||10 Days|
|Price||From £1,799 pp|
|When to go||All Year Round|
Touring the Otavalo market, Avenue of Volcanoes and 16th century Quito visiting all of the most famous landmarks and catching some of the best views of the city.
Exploring the largest butterfly houses in Ecuador.
Staying at the Sacha Lodge that puts you at the heart of Ecuador’s awe-inspiring rainforest with its tropical colours, magical noises, and unparalleled wildlife.
With such an accolade to its name, it's only right that we offer you a chance
to explore the best of Ecuador's many faces. With this in mind, you'll begin in the vibrant colonial capital of Quito. There's loads to explore in this quintessential Latin city, from art galleries and buzzing cafes to the legendary Otavalo Market and the breathtaking Avenue of Volcanoes. It's a difficult place to leave, but hold on, it's time to take to the skies.
A 45-minute flight over the rugged peaks of the Andes and you're in the Amazon basin, at the port town of Coca to be precise. From here a motorised canoe will whizz you down fifty miles of the Napo River, the largest and most impressive in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Now who said airport transfers were boring? But the best is yet to come when you step ashore at Sacha Lodge, simply one of the most beautiful rainforest lodges in the world.
This lush haven is perfect whether you're in search of adventure, wildlife or just after a great escape. For 5 days you can immerse yourself in a variety of tailor-made experiences.
Sunset kayaking is a firm favourite, but we're also dedicated fans of the guided safari and love to potter about the rainforest between refreshing dips in the river (no piranhas here, we promise). There's no doubt about it - these are simple, natural pleasures at their very best.
Best of all, this small but glorious country has done such a good job of flying below the travel radar in recent years, that it really is an escape and it'll undoubtedly be the best discovery you'll make in 2009.