Local Insider - Highlights from Culture Trip's Adventure in Ecuador

Bike to see waterfalls in the wilds of Ecuador
Bike to see waterfalls in the wilds of Ecuador | Luis Herrera / Stocksy

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If you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip in the coming months, Ecuador in South America is probably on your list. Our 8 day trip covers the incredibly biodiverse landscape – and with so much packed in to the schedule, we couldn’t think of anyone better than our Local Insider, Antonio, to introduce his home.

Culture Tripper Molly is looking forward to joining one of our trips in 2023, and wanted to find out more about one of her top picks. Speaking to Antonio, who has more than 16 years of experience, we find out with her exactly what happens on one of these curated small-group trips.

Antonio exudes a great sense of calm and knowledge, which instantly makes us feel like we would be looked after from the moment we land in Ecuador to the final day of the adventure. With an almost endless list of things you can try in this underrated part of South America, it helps to have someone with a wealth of knowledge to make the most of your time.

Here are some of the trip highlights, and make sure you check out Antonio’s take on some of his favourites – to see these magical locations brought to life.

Explore Cotopaxi National Park on horseback
Hike around the ethereal Quilotoa crater lake
Visit a traditional Tigua art studio
Cycle the Baños Waterfall Route
Go white-water rafting in the Amazon rainforest
Whip up a feast at an Ecuadorian cooking masterclass
Sample fine chocolate in Quito

It’s safe to say Molly has made her choice about her first trip 2023 after speaking to our Local Insider – and you can join her in Adventurous Ecuador, too.

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