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.
August 8, 2016

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 31, 2016
Man blowing shell at Indian Sacred Ceremony - Ecuador

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
July 24, 2016

Inti Raymi, as celebrated in Cotacachi, Ecuador

One of the women who accompanied the dancers at Inti Raymi in Cotacachi, Ecuador. She had a certain nobility about her. The number of beaded necklaces […]
July 17, 2016
Woolly Monkey, Amazon Rainforest - Ecuador

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
July 10, 2016
Squirrel Monkey, Amazon Rainforest - Ecuador

Monkeys of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest

Below, a summary of 5 species of monkeys that inhabitant the Amazon region. The following text is adapted from the Ministry of Tourism's official observation guide, Primates of Ecuador.
July 3, 2016
Galapagos Great Frigate Bird - Ecuador

The Great Frigatebird of the Galapagos Islands

The Great Frigatebirds are some of the most iconic inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands, especially when dramatically inflating their red gular sacs to attract mates.
June 26, 2016
Humpback Whale jumping out of the ocean, Puerto Lopez, Machalilla National Park - Ecuador

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.