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Ecuadorean Beaches to the Salt Mines

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We ended out spending a few more days in Puerto Lopez.With beaches like this, why not?Unlike some of the more touristy towns along the coast, Puerto Lopez is still a working fishing village. That meant each morning we’d…

Northern Ecuador

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Last night we went out to dinner in Mindo, a town in the cloud forest West of Quito, Ecuador. While we were waiting for our food, we noticed several things that would never happen in the US. We’re sort of…

Galápagos Montage

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When we returned from the Galapagos and I downloaded my photos there were 1,313 of them. I managed to get that down to 500 or so, but we decided that the few I posted in the last update didn’t really…

Es un poco complicado…

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With our somewhat scary encounter with the armed, uniformless men behind us, our next stop was to be the Tatacoa Desert, an arid but beautiful landscape in Southern Colombia. We decided to take the more direct route in which turned…

Budget: Ecuador

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Camp Site List: Ecuador

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All of these spots have been added to iOverlander.com. Finca Sommerwind Date Visited: 08/23/2014Location: 0.38073, -78.08944 (Altitude: 7238 feet) Great spot to recharge and figure out your travel plans for Ecuador. Great owner and all the amenities you could…

Southern Ecuador: In Search of Shangri-La

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After our time in the Galapagos, I wasn’t sure that anything we would see would top it.  However, we had a wonderful time in southern Ecuador, where we hiked through Cajas National Park, visited the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca,…

Galpagos Part 3- Santa Cruz Island

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Santa Cruz island is the hub for most of the boat tours in the Galapagos and it is the place you should come to if you are trying to book a last minute cruise (they are advertised everywhere). It is…

Galapagos Part 2- Isabela Island

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From San Cristobal, the oldest Galapagos island, we were headed to Isabela, the largest and youngest island (young as in 1 million years old…..) in the Galapagos chain. We heard horror stories from a few travelers on San Cristobal about…

Galapagos Islands- To cruise or not to cruise

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There are two ways to see the Galapagos islands, by organized cruise or independent travel island by island (or I guess a combo of both is possible). Almost everyone who goes does organized cruises, and trying to find information on…

Ecuador- A brief visit to the coast

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Having spent almost a year traveling Mexico and Central America, we have had our fill of beach time and since we left Colombia, our desire to be on the coast is minimal. So we debated if we would even visit…

Riding into Peru

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We get to the border late in the day and I check my watch while we work on paperwork and see its 4pm. Yikes. We were hoping to ride all the way to San Ignacio tonight just to get away…

Ecuador- The volcano adventures

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There is something very primal about volcanoes. They are massive, dangerous, unpredictable, beautiful and very exotic (to this California girl at least). We saw many volcanoes throughout Central America, but the ones in Ecuador took the whole volcano thing to…

The long last day in Ecuador

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Vilcabamba is the last place we stay in Ecuador, and it has been gorgeous. We’ve heard from friends who have gone on ahead of us that the road ahead, which is largely dirt to the Peruvian border, is a nightmare…

Northern Ecuador

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Leaving Colombia we both felt really sad, the same way we felt when we left Mexico. It was a country that was easy to fall in love with and we did not want to leave it, but we need to…

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

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We rode south from Cuenca on a weekday on one of the main highways, but not the PanAm. There’s virtually no traffic which is nice, and we spend most of a day getting from Cuenca to Loja and then on…

Cuenca, Ecuador

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My tourbook, as I think I may have already shared, lists 6 things as the absolute “must see” things of Ecuador…and among them is Cuenca, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was colonized by the Spanish in the 1550s and…

From Macas to Cuenca, Ecuador

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The ride from Macas to Cuenca that we choose takes us through a beautiful river valley and west on Route 45. It’s raining in the morning as we go for breakfast and then pack up, and we are told that’s…

Baños, Ecuador

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In my tourist guide book for South America there are highlights listed for each country. And while I try to visit some of them, it’s not always possible to get to see them all. There six places listed for Ecuador,…

A home away from home in Ecuador

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There’s an old Newfoundlander proverb (actually a few different places take credit for this one…) that says “There are no strangers in life, only friends you haven’t met yet.” And in my opinion, meeting people is the best part of…

Vulcan Chimborazo – Central Ecuador

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South of Quito there are two parallel chains of mountains that run north to south in Ecuador. When the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt visited this part of the world in 1802 he called this area the “Avenue of the…