Luxury holidays in Andean Highlands

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When to go

Daytime temperatures stay in the low 20s centigrade all year. Summer (December to March) can bring showers. Winter (June to September) is cool and dry.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Quito’s airport, Mariscal Sucre International Airport ( is in the Andean foothills nearby, with direct flights from Miami, Atlanta, Madrid, Amsterdam and several South American airlines.
  • Trains

    Ecuador’s train network ( benefitted from a $280 million refit in 2006. It runs the length of the Ecuadorian Andes and takes in spectacular scenery (and has some very pretty steam trains).
  • Automobiles

    Car hire is possible, and Avis ( has sites across the country, but these mountain roads may be better navigated with a local driver. If you do drive, get a good GPS.