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August 8, 2016
Alpacas of Ecuador's Andes

Alpacas of Ecuador’s Andes

Alpacas roam the slopes of the Cotacachi Volcano. They belong to the indigenous community of Morochos. José Flores, vice-president of the community, says the alpacas are the best friends of the highland moors (páramos).
August 8, 2016
Andean Condor flying with blue sky behind, Ecuador

Condors of Ecuador’s Andes

Before the arrival of the Spaniards, settled cultures in what is now known as Ecuador were guided by deities. The Incas believed condors were the messengers of the gods. Sociologist Dimitri Peñasco says the condor is believed to lead the dead
July 17, 2016
Monkeys of Ecuador's Pacific coastal region

Monkeys of Ecuador’s Pacific coastal region

Monkeys are similarly abundant on either side of Ecuador’s central Andes mountain range. Following on from last week’s blog on inhabitants of the Amazon jungle
June 26, 2016
Whale watching off Ecuador's Pacific coast

Whale watching off Ecuador’s Pacific coast

July and August are the peak months for whale watching in Ecuador, as hundreds of humpbacks put on spectacular mating displays, physical and audible.