High atop the Andes at 9,350 feet above sea level, there are few cities on Earth closer to Heaven. Quito is known throughout Latin America as a bastion of staunch Roman Catholicism, and hundreds of centuries-old churches stand lording over the Ecuadorian capital. During the week-long run-up to Easter—Semana Santa, or Holy Week (this year, […]
From mysterious Amazonian witch doctors to colorfully-dressed Andean craftsmen, Ecuador is a melting pot of cultural influences, renowned for its rich and diverse indigenous populations. More than fourteen ethnic groups make up the country’s indigenous population, each with their own time-honored traditions and languages, and in recent years, many tribes have welcomed the chance to share their unique culture and heritage with visiting tourists. Whether you’re trekking through the Amazon, taking a day trip from Quito into the mountains, or joining in the festivities at a traditional folk festival, here are some ideas for discovering Ecuador’s indigenous tribes.
The Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island was the highlight of our trip to the Galapagos.
Spring might mean the start of the rainy season in the Galapagos Islands, but its calm, warm waters and balmy temperatures make it the ideal time for cruising around the islands. Spring is also the main mating and breeding season for the islands’ vast array of inhabitants, with marine creatures coming ashore to lay their eggs, newborn seal pups lounging on the rocks and colorful wildflowers blooming in the highlands. Whether you’re snorkeling, scuba diving or wildlife spotting from the shore, here are 10 of the best reasons to visit the Galapagos Islands in spring.
From exploring the UNESCO-listed Old Town to scaling a volcano on the world’s second-highest cable car, there are plenty of things to do in the Ecuadorian capital, but to help you make the most of your trip, here are a few tips for what not to do in Quito.
Ecuador might be better known for its striking colonial architecture and wildlife filled Galapagos Islands, than its beach resorts, but the small coastal town of Montanita has made a name for itself as a burgeoning surf hotspot. Making the most of the west coast waves, the beach town is crammed with surf and diving schools, many of which combine surf lessons with Spanish lessons or offer weekend or weeklong surf camps.
From the vast Amazon rainforest in the East to the rugged peaks of the Andes mountains and the windswept beaches of the pacific coast; Ecuador packs a surprising variety of scenery into its borders. Whether you’re hiking in a National Park or cruising the legendary Galapagos Islands, here are 8 of the most beautiful places in Ecuador to add to your itinerary.
This summer, I had to pleasure of taking my first trip to Ecuador, and the town of Cuenca and its surrounding area was a big draw to me. With the region’s cultural heritage from many indigenous groups and its artisan heritage
With a vast variety of native ecosystems crammed into such a small country, it’s no surprise that Ecuador has become a pioneer of eco-tourism, setting up a number of initiatives to preserve and protect both its natural environments and its indigenous cultures.
With 19 main islands and numerous smaller isles presenting a smorgasbord of wildlife, taking a cruise around Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands is atop many traveler’s bucket lists, but with dozens of tour companies offering everything from half day boat tours to 12-day all-inclusive cruises, it’s tough to know which one to choose. To help you consider your options, here are a few tips for how to choose a Galapagos Cruise.