ISABEL TROYAMETROPOLITAN TOURING020 8747 8315 / journeylatinamerica.co.uk bookings, consultant advice and additional information 101 chimborazo adventure Trekking and riding is a wonderful way of discovering the protected highlands skirting Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest peak at 6,310m (above and right). The area is speckled with the farms and villages of indigenous people who maintain a centuries-old way of life. Travel by road to Riobamba (see 'Avenue of the Volcanoes' p92). Depending on your chosen length of stay, you will have various horse riding (suitable for beginners) and hiking excursions in the area. You'll spend a night in Riobamba and then subsequent nights at the mountain lodge of Estrella del Chimborazo.
102One thousand kilometres off the South American coast, the Galápagos Islands are formed from the peaks of gigantic submarine volcanoes which have never been part of the mainland. Over many millennia, animals and plants came to adapt to this special environment, and to develop differently from their continental ancestors. The fearlessness of this unthreatened wildlife allows us the privilege of close observation. The experience of exploring the unique archipelago rarely disappoints: they really are Enchanted Isles.The local population live in the two main towns, Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal. There are two airports: most visitors fly in from the mainland (3½hrs) and board one of a large choice of vessel to cruise around the islands, but it is also possible to enjoy a hotel-based visit.