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Journey Latin America Launches Ecuador Self-Drive

Journey Latin America is launching its first self-drive holiday to Ecuador.

Self-Drive Ecuador: Back Road of the Andes is a 10-day, off the beaten track adventure that ventures from the Andes to the Amazon before looping back. The journey explores the eastern foothills and valleys of Ecuador with its giant ferns, creepers and orchids of misty cloud forest. Winding its way south, parallel with the Andean spine and tracing what is known as the ‘eyebrow of the jungle’ is a newly-paved road, Route 45. The improvements to this road mean that places once almost inaccessible to visitors are now within easy reach of Quito and the country’s principal highland cities.

The journey begins in colonial Quito with two night in the historic centre before setting off towards the cloud forest of San Isidro. En route, stop at Papallacta thermal springs for a dip and some lunch. The forest lodge, Cabañas San Isidro, will be the base for the next two nights. This is one of the country’s best locations for bird-watching. Close by is the local indigenous community of Santa Rita where guests can visit the cacao plantation supported by Pacari Chocolate and see the way of life close up. The tour continues to Baños via Puyo, a market town serving various tribal communities, visits a waterfall and the Omaere Ethnobotanical Gardens. Once in Baños, there are options to go rafting, tubing, horse-riding or cycling.

The last section of the journey takes in the Cotopaxi National Park, close to Quito. The drive is along one of Ecuador’s key arteries, possibly one of the most scenic roads in Latin America. The aptly named Avenue of the Volcanoes is flanked by a range of dizzyingly-high snow-covered mountains striding south of Quito down the Andean spine. Dotted around is a mix of deeply traditional indigenous and colonial settlements with horticultural and artisan markets and cottage industries.

The holiday costs £2,712 per person. The price includes car hire, car hire insurance, excursions, most meals and good-quality hotels. International flights are extra and start at £650 per person from Heathrow.

Visit: www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk

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Date Published:
1st June 2018

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David Betterton
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