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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
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
June 17, 2019
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Ecuadorian Chocolate and the Legacy of Cacao

In the present day, Ecuadorian chocolate is flourishing and bringing sustainable changes for those that grow and harvest rare strains of cacao around the country. Keep […]
January 20, 2019

5 of the Best Traditional Drinks in Ecuador

Ecuador’s diversity means that many types of fruit grow in the fertile regions of the country. Many of its traditional drinks use different varieties of fruit, […]
November 19, 2018
Craft Beer in Ecuador-The Quito Chronicles

Craft Beer in Ecuador-The Quito Chronicles

The sudsy story of craft beer in Ecuador and  Quito is a tall tale that has a lot of characters and plots. The nation’s capital is […]
October 22, 2018
Cheap Eats in Quito

Cheap Eats in Quito

Done right, eating well in Quito while traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. There are fast food chains that serve up the same old burgers, […]
September 17, 2018

Five Restaurants to Find in Quito’s Historic Center

The Historic Center of Quito opens up the doors for moments that ring with authenticity-be it exploring the grandeur of cathedrals and museums or taking a […]
July 12, 2018

The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Quito

In the past, vegetarians and vegan travelers in Ecuador had little to choose from aside from heaping plates of rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, and whatever vegetables […]
June 8, 2018

The Best Burgers in Quito-8 Places that Cross the Divide

Finding a burger in Quito is as easy as walking down a street in most neighborhoods until a mom and pop restaurant appears- to authentically appreciate […]
February 5, 2018

A Place at the Table – Inside Ecuador’s Food Culture

Ecuador’s food culture evolved before the Spanish invasion when the Inca and other hunter-gatherer tribes farmed the land.  Potatoes, yucca, and grains from the highlands, fish […]