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September 29, 2020
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Blue Footed Booby – Galapagos Islands

BLUE FOOTED BOOBY The Blue Footed booby is the undisputed comedian and clown of the Galapagos Islands. These amazing seabirds amuse and entertain visitors with their […]
September 23, 2020
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Sally Lightfoot Crab – Galapagos Islands

SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB The Sally Lightfoot Crab is an unmistakably vibrant Galapagos character. Their striking colors make them extremely photogenic against the black lava rocks they […]
September 21, 2020

Galapagos Whales – A Guide For Galapagos Islands Whale Watching

One of the thrills of taking a Galapagos cruise is found in transit-seeing whales breach the sea in incredible displays of aerobatics.

Galapagos

September 29, 2020
Galapagos Blue Footed Booby dancing to attract a mate

Blue Footed Booby – Galapagos Islands

BLUE FOOTED BOOBY The Blue Footed booby is the undisputed comedian and clown of the Galapagos Islands. These amazing seabirds amuse and entertain visitors with their […]
September 23, 2020
Galapagos Islands Sally Lightfoot Crab sitting on black sand

Sally Lightfoot Crab – Galapagos Islands

SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB The Sally Lightfoot Crab is an unmistakably vibrant Galapagos character. Their striking colors make them extremely photogenic against the black lava rocks they […]
September 21, 2020

Galapagos Whales – A Guide For Galapagos Islands Whale Watching

One of the thrills of taking a Galapagos cruise is found in transit-seeing whales breach the sea in incredible displays of aerobatics.

Ecuador

September 2, 2020

Is Ecuador Safe For Travelers?

September 2, 2020

El Altar Ecuador Trek – An Adventure High In The Andes

August 14, 2020
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Whitetip Reef Shark – Galapagos Islands

The Whitetip Reef Shark is the most common shark species found at the Galapagos Islands. If you ever wanted to snorkel with sharks, then these small

Amazon

December 9, 2019

Ecuador Rainforest Jaguars Under Threat

Jaguars in Ecuador are in greater number than in almost any other place on earth. The jungle is their home, but as stated in a recent article in the Guardian UK human
October 21, 2019

What to do with a free day Puerto Ayora Town in the Galapagos Islands?

If you visit Santa Cruz Island as part of your Galapagos tour, then chances are you will have some free time to kill in Puerto Ayora town
July 31, 2019

The Indigenous People of the Ecuadorian Jungle

The history of the indigenous people of the Ecuadorian jungle, like the 32 million acres of rain forest there, is multifaceted. Every group has its own stories to

Cloudforest

February 21, 2020
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Andean bears: My personal quest to find a Spectacled Bear in Ecuador

I have always had a big soft spot for bears. I guess it all started with my Mum’s bedtime stories of Paddington Bear adventures, and Winnie the Pooh mischief
July 24, 2019

Why Go Birding in Ecuador? An Expert’s Perspective

With over 1600 species of birds found in many tropical habitats, Ecuador is considered megadiverse and is relatively compact compared to its massive political neighbors
June 5, 2019

Ecuador Bird Watching-The Christmas Bird Count and Other Adventures

Ecuador bird watching tours aren’t the typical walk in the park or jaunts through the forest armed with binoculars to spot birds in the trees. The four regions

Quito

November 19, 2019

Quito Weather – What to Expect when you visit Ecuador´s Capital City

There is a saying in other parts of the world – ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour,’ that certainly applies to Quito weather
February 23, 2019

5 High-End Restaurants Where You Can Splurge in Quito

The high-end restaurant scene in Quito takes its cue from a mixed bag of countries; each week another concept and cuisine appear. What sets
December 4, 2018

Fiestas de Quito – Celebrating the foundation of Ecuador’s capital

More than 220 activities are planned this year for the Fiestas de Quito, a citywide party that celebrates the founding of the capital, 484 years

Guayaquil

March 30, 2020

What to do in Guayaquil on a Free Day

Over the years Guayaquil, Ecuador, has played host to a myriad of travelers. Ernest Hemingway walked its streets, as did Che Guevara. The Spanish Conquistador Francisco
September 24, 2019

5 Restaurants You Should Try in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is a launching point for those flying to the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador’s largest city can be daunting, it is a busy metropolis where people from across
May 3, 2020
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Inti Raymi Ecuador: Festival of the Inca Sun God

May 22, 2019
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May 24th: The Battle of Pichincha-The Defeat of the Spanish in Ecuador

On May 24th in 1822, a battle took place on the slopes of the Guagua Pichincha Volcano above Quito that would end the Spanish occupation of […]
October 31, 2018
Cultural Travel in Ecuador-Day of the Dead and the Independence of Cuenca

Cultural Travel in Ecuador-Day of the Dead and the Independence of Cuenca

Day of the Dead, on November 2nd is a traditional holiday observed all over Ecuador. November 3rd in Cuenca, the people take to the streets in […]
February 9, 2018

Learning to live in Ecuador like a true local in Ecuador

Learning to live in Ecuador like a true local, can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Folks from the cities have […]
January 8, 2018

Culture Shock? Embrace the Adventure when Traveling in Ecuador

As someone who has looked back on my introduction to Ecuador and compared it to a Jackson Pollack painting, I understand traveler’s initial immersion into the […]
December 22, 2017

New Years in Ecuador – Celebrate with the locals!

Ecuadorians have a thing about New Years-it’s a big deal! Set apart from the celebrations in Times Square.
August 21, 2016
Medicinal plants of Ecuador

Medicinal plants of Ecuador

It's estimated seven out of ten Ecuadorians use medicinal plants. Ethnobiologist Omar Vacas has spent 15 years researching local flora used for centuries to cure diseases.
July 31, 2016

Pawkar Raymi, as celebrated in Otavalo, Ecuador

Carnival has an ethnic flavor in the Sierra Norte (northern Andes). There are mestizo, indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian celebrations