his year passed in the blink of an eye. Or at least that’s how it feels looking back. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve done exactly what I wanted to do, and had a great time doing it. This year had its share of low points too, however by surviving them all, they only served to […]
Crossing international borders overland is always a thrill, whether they be hectic and filled with hustlers out to game you, or so quiet you wonder if you’re in the right place. The longer the journey, the more remote the border, the greater the adventure. And if given the option, I prefer to make these crossings […]
ilcabamba, a quiet little pueblo three hours south of Cuenca, has a reputation for fostering old age in its residents. The valley in which the town is located is nicknamed “The Valley of Longevity” and studies have been done to try and determine the reasons behind the residents’ ability to live such long lives (100+ […]
y time in Ecuador was running out, and I’d yet to eat a meal that really blew me away. I looked up the best restaurants in Cuenca on Trip Advisor, and Tiesto’s Restaurant was ranked #1, complete with glowing reviews. It was a Saturday afternoon, and I walked over from my hostel without delay. Despite […]
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 were […]
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 it […]
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. […]
Safety tips to help you protect yourself and your belongings when riding the buses in Ecuador.
A detailed packing list for the Galapagos Islands, including essential and optional items, whether you’re doing land based trips or a cruise.