Enter our Prize Draw to Win a FREE Holiday to Ecuador* worth over £7,800!
Revealed Travel is delighted to offer the chance of winning this fabulous adventure holiday for two people to travel to Ecuador. Combine stunning colonial Quito an historic UNESCO World Heritage Site – with a few days of wildlife adventure in the iconic natural beauty of the Amazon Rainforest, plus an unforgettable cultural journey by road and rail across the Andes through the Valley of the Volcanoes via the magnificent Devil’s Nose to reach the coastal plains, and on to Guayaquil. There is also the option to add an extension to the unique Galapagos Islands to bring you face-to-face with some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet. Ecuador has all the ingredients for the trip of a lifetime.
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Offer closes: 28 Feb 2018.
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HOW TO ENTER THE PRIZE DRAW
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Iberia flight via Madrid to Quito. Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel, Illa Experience.
For our prize draw transatlantic flights are included in economy class but we will be happy to book other passengers in club or first class according to budget and preferences.
Accommodation: Illa Experience Hotel – Quito’s newest hotel opened in December 2017 in the artistic San Marcos area of the centre. This converted colonial mansion has just 6 luxury rooms and four suites. Recommended.
Enjoy a tour of Quito and visit to the Equator monument at Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World).
The historic centre of Quito was declared the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. It is a colonial gem with cobbled streets and restored houses, delightful squares and museums, churches and national monuments. Quito is regarded as the rising star for craft beer and Nouveau Andino cuisine.
Accommodation: Hotel Illa Experience
A short flight from Quito takes you to Coca, for the start of a three-day adventure into the rainforest, travelling down the Napo River and along the Añangu Creek to reach the lake within Yasuní National Park in which the award-winning lodge is located.
The lodge provides full board and a range of excursions and activities including excellent bird-watching, a 40m viewing tower, forest trails and parrot clay-licks. It is operated by and for the Kichwa Añangu Community.
The lodge has just 20 comfortable cabins with private bathrooms, mosquito netting and screened windows. There is a hybrid solar and diesel electricity system with silent generators. Cabins have plenty of sockets for charging equipment.
Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Center
Full-day excursion from Quito. Depart by road towards Otavalo, Ecuador’s most famous market. From here, travel by steam train to San Roque, known for traditional weaving skills. Visit the Textile Museum at Andrade Marin and the woodcarving workshops at San Antonio de Ibarra. The journey back to Quito by road, with a stop at a rose plantation.
The Tren Crucero is a four-day/four-night cultural journey from Quito to Guayaquil by road and railway, with stops en route at local markets, artisan workshops and to visit local communities. The journey includes travelling on the most spectacular zig-zag switchback descent from the Andes towards the coastal plains, known as the Devil’s Nose. Accommodation is included at first class hotels on the Tren Crucero but you can upgrade to the Gold Crucero to stay at fabulous hotels and lovely old haciendas.
Travel by train through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. At Boliche, near Cotopaxi, there’s an opportunity to take a short hike. Continue to Urbina, the highest point on the journey at 3595m (11,800 ft), where there may be a chance to meet Baltazar Ushcar, the last iceman of Ecuador.
For well over half a century Baltazar Ushcar has been climbing up Ecuador’s highest mountain to collect ice from the Chimborazo glacier, just as his father and grandfather did before him. It takes Ushca four hours to reach the glacier and along the way he weaves baskets from grass, with which to carry the ice back. He sells it at the local market in a tradition which dates back to the Spanish conquest. Once there were many such ice collectors but modern refrigeration methods have put paid to that. Ushca tells his story to Tren Crucero passengers to supplement his income.
Accommodation: La Andaluza
Travel by steam train from Riobamba to Colta and continue by diesel engine to Guamote, a traditional indigenous markets in the Andes. Travelling south we reach the spectacular Devil’s Nose with its switchback descent from the Andes towards the coastal plains to reach Bucay,
The Devil’s Nose – For many years at the end of the 19th Century it was thought that it could never be done but the railway line connecting Quito at an altitude of 2850m (9350ft) up in the Andes with the port of Guayaquil (6m; 20ft) is a complex and remarkable feat of engineering. The line opened in 1908. The most dramatic section is unquestionably the 12km stretch known as the Devil’s Nose, dropping 500m on a steep incline on a track carved out of the sheer mountainside. You might even call it a devilishly good combination of drama and beauty.
Accommodation: Hotel d’Franco.
The journey from Bucay passes through rice, sugar cane and banana plantantions. At Naranjito there a chance to learn about the growing and harvesting of the cocoa bean.
The last part of the journey, from Yaguachi to Durán station, is once again by steam engine.
Accommodation: Hotel Oro Verde.
DAY 11: Departure transfer to Guayaquil airport in time for your scheduled Iberia flight home via Madrid.
Options for paid-for extensions:
The above Ecuador holiday can be extended with a trip to the Galapagos Islands or by adding on a few extra days at a luxury hideaway. This itinerary can also be combined with Machu Picchu in Peru or with Cartagena in Colombia.
The prize does not include:-
HOW TO ENTER THE PRIZE DRAW
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