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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Bumpy ride ... a humpback sighting off Puerto Lopez

March of the boobies

Sarah Gilbert has a close encounter of the barnacled kind en route to an island where the bird life rivals the Galapagos.

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Forces of nature ... cycling while the Tungurahua volcano erupts.

24 hours in Banos

Despite a stolen camera, Fergus Shiel stays focused on hummingbirds, thermal baths and burritos.

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