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Competition: share your hidden gem for a chance to win a trip to Ecuador!

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ll know we’re all huge fans of under-the-radar travel, we love it so much in fact you’ve probably noticed we’ve made our niche out! So to celebrate all things off-the-beaten path we’ve teamed up with Audley Travel who are offering a chance to win an incredible 10 day trip to Ecuador in return for sharing your little-known experience on social media in their #MyLittleKnown campaign.

So whether it’s the sizzling beauty of Sciacca, Sicily or the mystery and magic of Bhutan, share with us your favourite little known place to win a South America trip of a lifetime. We’ve also been honoured to asked to help judge the competition too, so we’re having a really hands on role! All you need to do now is enter!

How to enter

The competition is extremely easy to enter all you need to do is share your favourite little known experience on one of these three social media channels…

Twitter/ Instagram

Share your little-known experience on Twitter or Instagram with a supporting photograph or video and include @AudleyTravel and #MyLittleKnown on your post.

Facebook

Or you can post your favourite little-known experience on our Facebook wall with a supporting photograph or video and include #MyLittleKnown in your post.

For more information head over to the competition page on the Audley Travel website

The competition will end of the 31st August and Audley Travel will select one winner between the 1st September 2017 and 5th September 2017. Winners will be notified by the 8th September 2017. The judges’ decision is final and no additional correspondence will be considered. Please contact them directly if you have any other queries about the terms and conditions.

What you can win – your 10 day Ecuador trip

Your ten day tour will begin in the capital city of Quito which sits high in the Andes. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best-preserved and least altered historic centre in Latin America. While in this area you’ll visit the nearby city of Otavalo to see local handicraft villages and surrounding mountain scenery.

Your journey will then continue south along the volcano route where you’ll visit a local market in the town of Latacunga before spending two nights in Riobamba, the third largest city in Ecuador, known locally as the ‘Sultan of the Andes’. Afterwards, you’ll explore the remote mountain village of San Rafael and learn about the Paqocha Alpaca project which re-introduced the native alpaca to provide a sustainable source of income for the community.

You will then ride on the Devil’s Nose train which is widely considered one of the most impressive feats of rail engineering and one of South America’s most desired experiences. After this you’ll spend three nights in Cuenca and enjoy a tour of the historic city and the nearby Saraguro where the people are renowned for their distinctive indigenous dress and handicrafts.

Your final stop is a two-night stay at Hacienda La Danesa, a working farmhouse set in the countryside outside of Guayaquil. There are many activities to choose from including, tubing, cycling and relaxing before heading to Guayaquil for your flight home.

Who are Audley Travel and why we love them

Audley Travel offer tailor-made journeys designed around experiencing something different, authentic and unforgettable. They’re also a travel company with a heart, they care deeply about the places they travel to, and work hard to ensure your visit has a positive effect. They also have a very ethical policy about wildlife (which is huge a breath of fresh air)!

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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