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Ecuador is the land of volcanoes with forty seven in total including the ones on the Galapagos. Twenty seven of these are potentially active. It sits across the equator covering a variety of landscapes from lush amazon jungle, the world famous Galapagos islands and Andean highlands.  Here we will share our discoveries and adventures in this spectacular and proud land.

We crossed into Ecuador via the Rumichaca bridge from Colombia. Heading first for the town of Otavalo to do a spot of hiking. We did two really good hikes the first was the circuit of Laguna de Cuicocha and then a few days later we made it to the top of Fuya Fuya both spectacular volcanic landscapes. Then we moved on to Quito airport to begin our adventure on the Galapagos archipelago. Flying in to the island of San Cristobal.  Then visiting the Islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz by fast boat.

“Ecuadorians are strange and unique beings. They sleep peacefully surrounded by roaring volcanoes, they live poor among incomparable riches and they become happy listening to sad music”

Alexander Von Humboldt

Now back on the mainland having had two wonderful weeks on the Galápagos Islands, we will be exploring the capital of Ecuador, Quito   spending a few days there to recharge our batteries after a hectic few weeks.  We continue our adventures with a move to Latacunga as a base to explore Cotopaxi and hike the spectacular Quilotoa Loop.  Then further south to take in Riobamba as a base to visit the Chimborazo Volcano before we head down the Pan American Highway to the Colonial city of Cuenca.  We then take the overnight bus to the beach resort of Mancora to cross the border into Peru.

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