There are two main border crossings between Ecuador and Peru. The 2-day trip from Vilcabamba to Chachapoyas is the more relaxed route.
[E]veryone I talked to said the same thing — spend as little time in Guayaquil as possible. I took their advice into consideration, and did the opposite by purposefully spending a long weekend in Ecuador’s largest (and arguably, most dangerous) city. Despite Guyaquil’s size, it’s got very few hostels. I booked a hotel in the […]
Tiesto’s Restaurant offers excellent Ecuadorian food in the heart of Cuenca. Rated the city’s #1 restaurant on Trip Advisor.
[I] first drove through Parque Nacional Cajas (or El Cajas National Park) on the bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca, however because it was in the early evening, I couldn’t see a thing. All I could tell, judging from the sharply colder air coming through my window, and the altimeter on my watch, was that we […]
I spent two weeks in Cuenca, but it could’ve just as easily been two months. The center of Ecuador’s third-largest city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, feels small and safe like a pueblo, yet offers a much wider variety of dining and nightlife options. Architecturally, it looks like Cartagena was transplanted into the mountains. I’d […]
[I] arrived in Montanita on a Saturday afternoon, the busiest day of the week in the little surf and hippie hangout on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. The streets were filled with a mix of vacationing Ecuadorians, dreadlocked South American hippies, and surfers from around the world. My friend Kevin likened Montanita to a “backpacker vortex” because […]
[E]ating cuy was high on my to-do list in Ecuador, despite having a guinea pig named Patches as a pet when I was a kid. After all, having dogs as pets didn’t stop me from trying that meal in Cambodia. On the main street in Banos, there are two cuy restaurants adjacent the Mercado (market). These […]
Banos is the undisputed adventure capital of Ecuador. This tiny pueblo sits at the base of the looming Tungurahua Volcano, along a river, and amidst gorgeous green mountains. Visitors to Banos will quickly find a wealth of outdoor activities at budget-friendly prices. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is which activity to do first. […]
Protect yourself and your belongings with these tried and true safety tips for riding the buses in Ecuador, or any Latin American country.
A detailed packing list for the Galapagos Islands, including essential and optional items, whether you’re doing land based trips or a cruise.