Higher calling

Ecuador has been unfairly upstaged by the Galapagos Islands, Louise Southerden discovers.

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Tour guide

Guiding principles

DIY apps and Googling will never replace a fine tour leader, writes Kate Humble.

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"Navel of the world" ... the spires of the Basilica del Voto Nacional.

24 hours in Quito

Louise Southerden explores a 'middle earth' capital with its head in the clouds and eyes on the coast.

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Ipanema Beach Rio de Janeiro soccer girls

Latin for beginners

It's a continent that can be intimidating and other-worldly, but it's never, ever dull, writes Steve McKenna.

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Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Damophila julie) feeding at a flower while flying, Bueneventura Lodge, Ecuador.

A bird's-eye viewpoint

Through landslides, power cuts and flooding, John Huxley continues his search for the Andean cock-of-the-rock.

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Classic ceviche plate in Quito restaurant.

Food file: Quito

Don't stop at lunch — fine Andean dining now stretches into the night, writes Ute Junker.

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