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  • Quito
    The Emerald Forests of Ecuador
    Ecuador is a South American country that borders Colombia to the east, Peru to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The easiest way to get there is to fly into Quito, which is also the capital. The adventurous way to get there is to start...
  • Hotels, Hostals, Hostels: What's the difference in Ecuador?
    Hotels, Hostals, Hostels: What's the difference in Ecuador?
    Are you looking for a hotel in Quito or Cuenca? Are you sure you're not looking for a hostal instead? But, don't confuse hostel with hostal or you may be in for a surprise.Are you looking for a dorm room with 3 other bunks besides your own...
  • Parques in Quito, Ecuador
    Parques in Quito, Ecuador
    Parque La Carolina has just become one of my favorite parks in South America. Maybe that's an understatement. Carolina Park is probably one of my favorite parks anywhere in the world.There are a number of reasons why I think this park is so...
  • Climbing Volcan Pichincha
    Climbing Volcan Pichincha
    When you look at the western horizon from almost anywhere in Albuquerque you will see a row of cinder cones. They are not large, but they are prominent and an important part of the local history. They've been extinct for a very long time, but...
  • Quito on Foot
    Quito on Foot
    Why see Quito on foot when there are cheap taxis and even cheaper buses on every street corner? You'll find the answer to that question when you start walking.Quito is the largest city in Ecuador and you might need to occasionally take the bus...
  • Quito, Ecuador: The people
    Quito, Ecuador: The people
    The day in Quito was perfect. The predicted rain did not appear and the temperatures were a bit higher than forecast, reaching into the mid sixties making for excellent weather for a 9 hour walking excursion around this beautiful colonial city of...
  • Ecuador or Bust
    Ecuador or Bust
    The journey has begun. And, not without a few hitches along the way. Departing beautiful St. George on a balmy 104 degree afternoon headed for Las Vegas to catch an early morning flight turned out to be a bit more of an ordeal than expected.The...
  • Beyond the Galapagos: Five thing to see and do in Ecuador
    Beyond the Galapagos: Five thing to see and do in Ecuador
    The Galapagos Islands are to Ecuador what Machu Picchu is to Peru: a world wonder and tourist magnet extraordinaire. But there's so much more to see and do in Ecuador.Here are five things to see and do in Ecuador that aren't on the...
  • Panama Hats are Made in Ecuador
    Panama Hats are Made in Ecuador
    Panama Hats, those ubiquitous straw creations trimmed in black ribbon, are not made in Panama.They´re made in Ecuador, where the fibers used to weave the hats is harvested from palm trees grown along the coast and where Andean mountain...
  • Quito announces innovative tourism
    Quito announces innovative tourism
    Quito announces innovative tourism development and important initiatives as the city looks to the future and prepares for increase in tourism arrivalsSan Francisco world travelers heading for Quito should be sure to check out the Middle of the...
  • Casa Mojanda
    Casa Mojanda in Otavalo, Ecuador
    Casa Mojanda Inn and Farm is a breathtaking mountain eco-lodge located in Otavalo, Ecuador. It only takes a 1.5 hoursdrive to get from Quito -the capital of Ecuador- to Casa Mojanda. At visitors' request, Casa Mojanda can always accomodate...