Autumn travel is for colour, culture and smaller crowds – as these six destinations prove. When Britain’s summertime ebbs away to autumn,
The capital city of Quito lies in an Andean valley overlooked by the towering Pichincha volcano. Take a walking tour of the historic old town to learn about the Spanish colonial history of Ecuador with plazas and narrow streets filled with beautiful churches, monasteries and restored buildings. Hotels in Quito include both modern properties and charming boutique options.
North of the city, visit the Middle of the World monument that marks the equatorial line. Alternatively, east of Quito, wrapped around the slopes of the snow-capped Antisana volcano, is an ecological reserve with abundant birdlife, glacial topography and the steaming Papallacta thermal springs.
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Cotopaxi National Park is Ecuador's finest mainland national park; the area covers 345 square kilometres and is dominated by the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. At 5,897 metres, the steep, snow-capped and symmetrical Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain in Ecuador and is the highest active volcano in the country. As well as fantastic views of the volcano, spot unusual Andean flora, fauna and geological formations.
Avoid seasonal extremes, enjoy sweet-scented blossoms and spend Easter somewhere new, when you travel in spring. As winter thaws and new life
Whether you wish to embrace the season or escape it, these destinations guarantee an unforgettable winter journey. Contemplating a winter holiday? Then