Explore Ecuador’s delightful capital, located in the Andean foothills and built over an ancient Incan city. Its old town is where you’ll find many of its best museums and historic buildings, but also make sure you visit the Casa de la Cultura with its collection of Ecuadorean art and the Museo del Banco Central which houses much of the country’s pre-Columbian gold. Close by, take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo where you can straddle the Equator.
2h10m to Galapagos Islands
Considered one of the best places in the world for viewing wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago. The plant and animal diversity here is unequalled elsewhere and indeed, it’s the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. The blue-footed booby is one of the unusual birds you will see, but the islands are home to so much more: albatrosses, sea lions and of course, Galapagos giant tortoise, the largest species of tortoise alive today.