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Wev'e been trying to figure out the difference between llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas. So far we've decided that vicuñas are smaller and less scruffy looking than their cousins.  Their long slender neck is an easy way to identify them.

Volcanoes and Waterfalls in Ecuador

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We left Salinas and drove across a high plateau toward Parque Nacional Chimborazo. In what was becoming a pattern, we were supposed to be staring straight at the Chimborazo volcano for the whole drive, but all we saw was fog,…
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Exploring the central highlands of Ecuador

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After sending Henry and Kathy back to the Land of Good Beer (aka the good ole’ US of A) we had two weeks before our apartment rental expired. We enjoyed spending time with Rick and Leticia, our friends from California.…
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On the way to Ecuador

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< ?xml version=”1.0″?>A week before Christmas we have recovered from our upset stomach and drive from Huanchaco further North. On our way are the archeological excavations from Sipan. The grave-find in 1987 was one of the most spectacular finding…
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Auf dem Weg nach Ecuador

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Eine Woche vor Weihnachten haben wir unsere Magenprobleme auskuriert und fahren von Huanchaco aus weiter gen Norden. Die Straße ist endlos und links und rechts ist nichts als trostloseWüste.Auf unserem Weg liegen noch die Ausgrabungsstätten von Sipan. Der…
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Quito

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Deixamos Rio Verde no dia 07/01/15 pela Ruta de las Cascadas a caminho de Quito, a capital do Equador. Ainda dormimos uma noite em Tena pois apesar das distâncias não serem tão grandes, a estrada serpenteia por vales e montanhas,…
Pin your disappointments on these guys, add a little gasoline, and watch it all go up in flames.

Burning Away the Evils of 2014

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Each New Year’s eve, Ecuadorians get a stuffed doll and pin all of the bad stuff that happened in the previous year to the doll and then light it on fire. The idea is that you’re getting rid of all…
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A Avenida dos Vulcões

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No dia 02/01/15 saímos de San Antonio para seguir sentido Sul pela Avenida de los Volcanes, nome dado pelo cientista Alexander Von Humboldt ao vale interandino do Ecuador que se extende por mais de 300 km de comprimento e 50…
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Christmas in Cuenca

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Thanks very much to all of our loyal followers! We hope you had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for the new year. Without further ado, here’s how we spent our Christmas in Ecuador.The big Christmas…
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Galapagos

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The Galapagos island are famous for its enormous biodiversity. Is it one of the place on earth with the highest level on endemism, for instance 97% of the reptiles are found nowhere else. Due to its remoteness most animals are…
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Puerto López

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No dia 26/12 deixamos Guayaquil e o conforto do Wyndham com destino à costa do Equador. Nossa parada foi em Puerto López a cerca de 200km de Guayaquil. Ao contrário da vizinha Montañita, que é considerada a Meca do surf…
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Feliz Natal | Merry X’mas | Feliz Navidad | Joyeux Noël

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Esse ano passamos o Natal de uma forma totalmente diferente, em uma festa do Hotel Wyndham em Guayaquil. Foi muito divertido, mas ao mesmo tempo difícil pois pela primeira vez passamos o Natal longe de nossas famílias e amigos. Nessa…
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Guayaquil

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Deixamos Cuenca no dia 22/12/14 em direção à Guayaquil, ou Santiago de Guayaquil, que é a maior cidade do Equador com cerca de dois milhões e trezentos mil habitantes. Por ser uma cidade grande, com bons hotéis, restaurantes e bares,…
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More Sparks in Ecuador

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We’re very excited to have Witt’s parents visiting us in Cuenca for the holidays. They made a heroic effort to get here: Montrose to Denver to Panama City to Guayaquil. After arriving there at midnight, they got a hotel in…
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Santa Ana de Los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca

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Hoje (21/12/14) pudemos passear por Santa Ana de Los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, ou simplesmente Cuenca. Como era domingo as ruas estavam super tranquilas e o ótimo tempo ajudou a fazer desse um dia muito agradável.   Iniciamos nosso passeio pelo…
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Bienvenido a Ecuador

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Depois de Piura seguimos no dia 18/12/14 para nossa última parada no Peru – Zorritos. Passamos a noite em um hotel a beira mar, mas o mais estranho é que não tivemos dificuldade para encontrar um quarto; praticamente todos os…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…

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