What Not to Do in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands, despite a renowned reputation for their fragile environment full of one-of-a-kind and often endangered species, are constantly under attack; pollution, human development, and poaching are all threats to this unique ecosystem. Tourism is but the latest. To keep the damage in check, the Galapagos National Park has put together a list of “don’ts” […]

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April 25, 2014 by
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Procession participants during Holy Week in Quito. Photo courtesy of Carlos Tobon Franco via Flickr.

Holy Week in Quito

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, […]

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April 14, 2014 by
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Discovering Ecuador’s Indigenous Tribes

Visiting Ecuador's Kichwa tribe. Photo courtesy of Cancilleria Ecuador via Flickr.

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.

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March 27, 2014 by
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Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island

Tour group on yacht cruise to La Loberia, Galapagos. Photo courtesy of Cyndi Waite

The Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island was the highlight of our trip to the Galapagos.

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March 24, 2014 by
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In Photos: 10 Reasons to Visit the Galapagos Islands in Spring

Galapagos Land Iguanas. Photo courtesy of Sophs74 via Flickr.

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.

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March 13, 2014 by
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What Not to do in Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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.

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February 27, 2014 by
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Learn to Surf in Montanita, Ecuador

Learn to Surf in Montanita, Ecuador

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.

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January 16, 2014 by
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8 of the Most Beautiful Places in Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador. Photo courtesy of Rinaldo W. via Flickr.

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.

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December 5, 2013 by
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Day Trip to Gualaceo and Chordeleg from Cuenca

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

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November 11, 2013 by
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Sustainable Development in Ecuador

Enjoy ecotourism in Ecuador. Photo courtesy of joel_nilsson via Flickr.

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.

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October 10, 2013 by
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