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 […]
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. […]
A detailed packing list for the Galapagos Islands, including essential and optional items, whether you’re doing land based trips or a cruise.
Large photo from atop Bartolome Island in the Galapagos, just as the sun is setting over the stunning volcanic landscape.
During mating season on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos, male Frigate Birds fill a red pouch under their neck with air and fly around to impress the female Frigates. What do you think ladies? Are these guys hot, or not?
During our second visit to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, we had the chance to see Giant Land Tortoises in the wild on Rancho Primicias. These guys can weigh over 800 pounds each, and live over 100 years. It was estimated that there were once 250,000 on the islands, but due to hunting by man, […]