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Quito Culinary Tour & Cooking Class

Quito is, quite literally, a city that can take your breath away. At over 9000 ft above sea level and just a few degrees shy of the Equator, the air is fresh and the sun’s rays a bit stronger, especially in the mornings. So I decided to take advantage of a beautiful Monday morning to take a leisurely walk to the meeting place assigned for my culinary tour of Quito.

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December 18, 2014 by
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Hiking Around Quito

Ecuador is a hiker’s paradise, with forested trails and mountain passes galore. But aside from being the capital city, Quito offers up more than a few breathtaking options for hiking in the surrounding area, providing quiet refuge from the bustle of the metropolis. Easy but adventurous hiking trails such as the Parque Metropolitano, La Carolina […]

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November 20, 2014 by
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Quito’s Best Museums

Mitad del Mundo Ethnographic Museum in Quito

Aside from being Ecuador’s capital city, as a seat of pre-Columbian culture and civilization for centuries before the Spanish pitched their tents, Quito serves as a prime location for some of the country’s best museums. From stately institutions showcasing Andean, colonial, and Republican art, to the Equator-straddling collection of artefacts and iconography from the Ecuador’s […]

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October 23, 2014 by
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Finding Accommodations on the Galapagos

Kicker Rock in the Galapagos

Since most visitors to the Galapagos Islands spent nights aboard the cruise ships that course through the archipelago, lodging on the islands themselves isn’t always the first consideration. That doesn’t mean that the array of accommodations aren’t worth the consideration. On the contrary, several of the islands feature hotels for every budget — from hostels to […]

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September 25, 2014 by
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Cycling in Quito

At over 9,300 feet in altitude, the Ecuadorian capital may not be the first city one considers when thinking about bicycle rides. But Quito is actually quite well-suited to cruising on two wheels, not only because it is one of the safest capitals in Latin America, but it also provides its own extensive network of […]

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August 28, 2014 by
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Savoring the Flavors of Quito on a Food Tour

What’s even better than sampling warm pastries right out of the oven? Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re made and trying your hand at making them, of course. On our Quito Cuilinary Tour and Cooking Class we got to experience this and so much more.

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August 7, 2014 by
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How to Get to the Galapagos Islands

Located just shy of 600 miles from the Ecuadorian mainland, getting to the remote Galapagos Islands is surprisingly easy. Multiple flights from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil link the archipelago with the mainland, which itself is well connected with the rest of the world by air.

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June 16, 2014 by
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Quito Nightlife

Quito might be known more for its stately colonial architecture and cool Andean ambiance than for sizzling hot nightlife, but don’t think for a second that the Ecuadorian capital doesn’t know how to party. Mostly centered around the city’s Mariscal and La Floresta districts to the north of the historic center, Quito’s chic bars, unique nightclubs, even high-rolling casinos keep the party popping into the wee hours. But first, start the evening off right with a Quito-by-Night tour and dinner before heading out to enjoy the exciting Quito nightlife.

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May 8, 2014 by
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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” that may sound prohibitive at first, but serve to ensure the long-term survival of the islands and their inhabitants. Here are ten of the most important.

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April 25, 2014 by
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Holy Week in Quito

Procession participants during Holy Week in Quito. Photo courtesy of Carlos Tobon Franco via Flickr.

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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