June 19, 2016
View of street life with flags and car, Quito Old Town - Ecuador

Quito’s Colonial (Historic Center) Hotels

Quito's colonial quarter is less than an hour's drive ($20-30 in taxi) from its new out-of-town airport, so it makes sense to drop by, even if you only have a morning or afternoon to spare.
June 12, 2016
Estrella de Mar Galapagos Cruise Yacht – Cruise

Choosing a Galapagos cruise boat/yacht

So you've decided that a cruise boat, rather than a hotel stay or island-hopping, is the best way to see a great variety of Galapagos wildlife with the minimum of fuss.
June 5, 2016
Typical Food in Ecuador - hornado with llapingachos, avocado, mote

The high-fat, low-carb diet in Ecuador

Ecuador, on the South American Pacific coast and international equator line, values its diverse traditions and enjoys a great deal of self-sufficiency. Probably a majority of the population is self-employed.
May 29, 2016
Taxi Sign

Ecuador’s airport customs and taxi fares (2016)

When visiting a new country for tourism or any other reason, it's reassuring to plan for a smooth outward journey. Ecuador requires a passport valid for a minimum of six months from date of arrival
May 23, 2016
Charles Darwin Portrait

Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands

The most famous visitor to the Galapagos Islands was also the co-author of humankind's most influential scientific theory. Charles Robert Darwin sailed around the Islands in 1835
May 15, 2016

Ecuador’s Andes: The best hikes (Imbabura)

Though dwarfed by its larger neighbors, Ecuador boasts one of the planet's densest volcanic regions, including over a dozen craters on the Galapagos islands.
May 8, 2016

The Way to Machu Picchu

The Inca Empire at its zenith stretched along the Andes from the very south of Colombia, down through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and northwest Argentina.
May 1, 2016

The Galapagos Circle of Life: January-June

When is the perfect time for that once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands? If your tolerance for humidity (or rainfall) is low, both are lowest from May to December.
April 24, 2016
Amazon River CruiseShip - Ecuador

Amazon River Boat Cruises

To go deep into the lower Amazon basin, where biodiversity is highest, an extended canoe ride is a usual element of the trip. Though there are many wonderful rainforest lodges in Ecuador