Kicker Rock in the Galapagos

Finding Accommodations on 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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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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