Tim Winkworth is a family travel specialist with our supplier, the Family Adventure Company. He has travelled extensively in Ecuador and Galápagos – and is enjoying seeing travel in a new way with his three young sons. Here's his cultural tips for traveling in Ecuador with kids:
"The Inca culture is not as prevalent in Ecuador as it is in Peru as it doesn't have the ruins but there are traditional communities, and where you really get that feel is in the markets and in the highlands. You have farmers working in a traditional way, with horses and other animals to assist in their daily grind, and it's a great way to show the children what's outside of the spoilt, technological world that they live in. The excited, colourfully dressed children are happy to see people, you can kick a football around with them, it's a wonderful opportunity, a lovely thing to do.
It's great to take the kids to the markets too – some of them are more like car boot sales. They can have a look at the different trinkets and see all the people - it's a fantastic people watching experience and kids are very interested in that."