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 ago. The Spanish laid the foundation in 1534, raising the city from ashes after the Inca general Rumiñahui burned it to the ground to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Keep reading for more about the present day holiday that brings people across the city into the streets for fun, music, and dancing.
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 a place where the seats of power and embassies are balanced by people from all over the country and the world coming to make a fresh start. Small businesses open and close every week-started by expats with grand ideas and nationals who know how to make them work. Keep reading for a tale of the small, independent brewers who took on the beer giants in Ecuador- changing the way the country drinks and the social scene of Quito in the process.
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 force to celebrate the day that Ecuador’s third city declared its independence from Spanish rule almost two centuries ago. Falling on a Friday and Saturday, this long weekend marks a celebration of traditions. Keep reading for insight into the festivities and customs that go along with them. Continue reading
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, chicken, and happy meals that bring comfort to those lost in a mass of local set-menu places, rice and bean establishments, and soups stalls that have seen better days.
For those looking for heartier fare, there are options that take you away from the typical almuerzo stalls, and into the international offerings that the city is becoming known for. Keep reading for ten places to find cheap eats that make the grade while in Quito.
The Galapagos Islands stand out on many lists, and have many names. Darwin’s Playground tops the charts for its wildlife, fragile eco-system, striking landscapes, and the intriguing circumstances that brought both the creatures and the early settlers to the archipelago. One aspect of Galapagos Islands travel that is often overlooked are the tropical beaches found along their shores. Continue reading