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Quito, Ecuador
Book a suite at Mashpi Lodge and you can spot howler monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species from your Philippe Starck bathtub-with-a-view. Opened in April 2012 on the 3,000-acre Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge has...
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The Galapagos Islands are known around the world for the famous, endemic wildlife found there. An amazing eighty-percent of all land-based animals on the archipelago are only found there, thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world. Of all...
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Otavalo, Ecuador
The first time I had these little potato pancakes at a street stand in Otavalo, I thought that llapingachos was just a pancake. But later I went to a restaurant and saw llapingachos under the comida tipica (typical food) menu. A llapingachos meal...
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Saquisilí, Ecuador
Tortillas de maiz con queso are the best little bites of Ecuadorian street food. These corn flour and cheese balls can be found in most parts of the country. Street vendors push a pinch of grated queso fresco (fresh cheese) into the middle of the...
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check out the kapawi ecolodge in ecuadorial amazon. remote area on tributary of amazon river. thatched huts on stilts looking into virgin rainforest. I was there not too long ago shooting, and the people were amazing. private huts and great...
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Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador

19,374 feet above sea level, standing on top of Cotopaxi one of the planet's largest active volcanoes. Climbing this Ecuadorian monster has been my most physically demanding accomplishment to date.

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Kicker Rock, Ecuador
One beautiful morning on our Galapagos Islands Trip, we took a zodiac out with a naturalist and cruised around Kicker Rock. The morning light hitting the rock was stunning and the many birds on the rock and seals were great to see.
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Av. Conocarpus, Sn, Puerto Villamil 200250, Ecuador
Three separate schools of hammerheads passed by us as the current drifted us along between two rock walls. We probably saw nearly 100 sharks in a 30-minute period. I was breathing so heavily, I had to come up early because I was running low on...
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Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of being a cowgirl. Now, years later, I find myself living my childhood fantasy—in Ecuador. As part of a three-day repunte, or roundup, organized by adventure outfitter Tierra del Volcán, I ride...
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Española Island, Ecuador
The wild creatures of the Galápagos Islands are unique in several ways. Not only have species evolved independently—and thus, differently—than any place on earth, but they’ve also done so without natural predators. That means many of the animals...
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Sucumbíos Province, Ecuador
If you are looking for a true jungle experience go to Sacha Eco Jungle Lodge in Cocoa Ecuador. The only way to get here is by boat down the Napo river traveling deep into the steamy tropical lowlands. It is a full Jungle experience! The lodge owns...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Suiting up for a drift dive through Gordon Rocks off Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. This is a well known place to spot large schools of hammerheads

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Floreana Island, Ecuador
Galápagos travelers are often amazed to find themselves approached by sea lions—especially juveniles, whose playful curiosity can seem almost puppylike. When they see a Zodiac nearing their beach, sea lions will sometimes rush into the water to...
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After five very active days on our Galapagos expedition, we skipped the opportunity to take a hike in Puerto Egas and instead decided to relax on the beach. A sea lion had similar ideas and plopped herself right down next to my daughter's towel...
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Saquisilí, Ecuador
Everyone who visits Ecuador knows about Otavalo market: the weavings, the sweaters, the friendly vendors. Well, Saquisili has all those and more. There's street food (grilled chicken feet anyone?), a shoe section, a live animal market and more...
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El Sena, Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador is known for its volcanoes, but a hotel that sits right next to one? No one I talked to had heard of it. Not only does El Cráter offer large suites with whitewashed stone interiors, igloo-style domed skylights, and big heavy wooden doors...
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Up close and personal is right, these birds on the famous Galapagos Islands allowed us to connect with them just a few feet away, as the go about their mating rituals we watch in awe as they have no care about us....
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
On the Island of Santa Cruz I met this great couple & a ton of their friends.
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Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
No less than ten different subspecies of giant land tortoise are endemic to the Galápagos (meaning they’re found here and nowhere else). Up to five feet long and weighing more than 500 pounds, these primordial-looking, slow-moving creatures are...
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Otavalo, Ecuador
Every Saturday, the main craft market square of Otavalo, Plaza de Ponchos, explodes through the streets in all directions with vendors selling everything from large wood spoons to live chickens. My favorite part are the food vendors making their...
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Sucumbíos Province, Ecuador
Walk the plank at Sacha Lodge in Ecuadorian jungle in Cocoa.
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Fernandina Island, Ecuador
While Charles Darwin didn’t much care for the marine iguanas of the Galápagos (he dismissively dubbed them “imps of darkness”), modern-day travelers may find them fascinating. Endemic to the Galápagos, they are the only iguanas on earth that feed...
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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
There are not many places in the world where you can capture three distinct species in a single frame. In the Galapagos you can, from just a few yards away. I especially liked watching (and photographing) the way very distant relatives interacted....
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from Quito it's a flight to small town of Shell in Ecuador, then another short hop to remote tributary of amazon in rainforest. you'll land on a dirt airstrip and met by indigenous who operate Kapawi Eco lodge... beautiful thatched huts set off...
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This little guy was only a few days old yet already quite a character. He kept posing for me so I was obligated to take many, many pictures of him and his momma.
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Ecuador
I'm not a cruise guy in any way, and I went into this adventure with trepidation. I worried about all the things one worries about when they consider a cruise. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. This was one of the most remarkable travel...
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North Seymour Island, Ecuador
The magnificent frigatebird soars above the waters of the Galapagos, terrifying fish everywhere it goes, stopping just long enough to puff out its chest to impress the opposite sex. The frigatebird is notable for its tremendous size, ability to...
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Fray Vicente Solano E527, Quito 170136, Ecuador
Slow morning in casa bambú
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Ecuador
Keep your eye out for a poison frog in the Ecuadorian Amazon. While on the Sacha Lodge property, along the Rio Napo, I spotted one while spending four hours scanning the leaves along the trails. These frogs are small, just the size of a dime, and...
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Calle Wilson, Av. Mariscal Sucre E4-266, Quito 170130, Ecuador
Have a bit of time to spare in Quito's old quarter? Maybe a hankering for something fresh and organic? The Kallari Cafe + Store is an oasis. With an excellent, fresh, and homemade menu, superb coffee selection, a small chocolate gift shop, wifi...
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Delicia, Ecuador
About 80 miles from Quito, this eco lodge in the sky is owned by 12 campesino families, who are regenerating 1800 acres of now-protected forest. Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve offers lodge accommodations as well as beautiful wood-and-glass...
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
On the Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, fishermen clean their catch right on the pier, and pelicans and sea lions hover around the periphery to gobble up the guts the fishermen discard. I particularly liked the shark tattoo on this man's shoulder...
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Simon Bolivar, Quito 170401, Ecuador
I am usually an adventurous eater, but I must confess I felt a bit squeamish when Andrés Dávila, the chef at Casa Gangotena, told me he would be serving llama as part of the evening's tasting menu. I figured if I was ever going to eat llama, then...
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A nice and quiet night in old town. I stayed at La Casona de la Ronda, which I highly recommend. It is located in the heart of old town, the hotel is gorgeous and you are treated like family. http://www.lacasonadelaronda.com/
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Sucumbíos Province, Ecuador
This was by my foot as we were walking in the jungle at Sacha Lodge in Ecuador. When I asked the guide what this is by my foot, he replied whatever you do - don't move. He said it's not poisionous but the bite is extremely painful. Luckily I...
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Isabela Island, Ecuador
The landscape of northern Isabela Island is remarkable. This terrain, between Punta Albemarle and Punta Vicente Roca is some of the most remarkable in all of the Galapagos Islands, and often missed by folks spying birds, turtles, and sea lions...
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San Francisco, built in 1534, is the oldest church in Quito. For me, it is the most beautiful city monastery. Legend says it was built by the devil
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Otavalo, Ecuador
A vendor with food for sale in the market of Otavalo, Ecuador
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Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador
I dit it! I balanced an egg on a nail. It's not easy but possible... with the energy of the Middle of the World in Quito-Ecuador!
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Th. Halflants entre Ambato y Rocafuerte, Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador
Baños, a popular tourist town in Ecuador, is tucked at the base of on-again-off-again Tungurahua volcano. Best known for its hot springs, Baños houses dozens of restaurants, hotels, and street vendors. Amidst the impressive varieties of rosaries...
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Las Retamas, Cuenca, Ecuador
My favorite heladeria (ice cream shop) in Cuenca is Mixx. It always has the most fabulous flavors and uses a great deal of creativity in its naming of flavors and display of product. I cannot resist this temptaion every time I visit Cuenca. Sweet...
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Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador’s vibrant capital city reaches new heights with its dining scene—one that embraces its culinary history and takes it in new directions. A walk around its Centro Historico in particular will bring you to farmers’ markets and artisanal food...
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OK - this could have been one of the best things I have ever ever seen in more than 75 countries - hundred and hundred of parakeets came to the clay lick and then took a bath and drink in the mineral springs below the lick - the whole show lasted...
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Avenida los Colibris, Barrio el Progreso, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador
To access the stunning Napo Wildlife Center, located in Yasuni National Park, we traveled via canoe through the Amazon rainforest. This was my first of many monkey sightings and he was the perfect model to pose so nicely for me. The center is part...
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San Pablo del Lago, Ecuador
Hacienda Cusin is an unassuming and completely lovely place to call home while bear Otavalo, Ecuador. With excellent mountain biking and hiking in your backyard, a lovely on site restaurant and simple, romantic rooms rest your head here! Ask for...
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San Cristobal, Ecuador
The best way to see The Galapagos Islands is on a 7-day cruise that will take you around the islands. While larger cruise ships are more stable, a 20 passenger yacht (such as Ecoventura's 3 boats) offer more intimacy & a good naturalist/ traveler...
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Isabela Island, Ecuador
September 30, 1835. The HMS Beagle sails into Tagus Cove at Isabela Island, and Darwin remarks on the unusual landscape. "We doubled the south-west extremity of Albemarle (Isabela) Island, and the next day were nearly becalmed between it and...
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Tena, Ecuador
During a solo trip to Ecuador last February (2012) I made friends with the owners of a hostel in Quito and they took me on an excursion into La Selva - the jungle - along the Napo River. An unexpected highlight for me was a cave tour at Jumandi...
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Tena, Ecuador
A highlight while staying in the Ecuadorian Amazon was our visit to a private wildlife preserve that also houses an animal rescue center named, appropriately, amaZOOnico. We were lucky enough to get a private tour and learn about their mission to...
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Banos, Ecuador
There's nothing quite like bounding down a river, oar in hand, with the sense that you might capsize at any moment. White-water rafting is a must for any visit to Baños. Gazing at the unspoiled, undeveloped scenery during our fun ride on the...
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Calle PV. # 12 Tibilo Villa, Lagunas 16551, Peru
Piranha fishing...pink dolphin sightings...holding a caimen...beautiful day explorations by skiff and canoe along the Ucayali River and in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Add to jaw-dropping explorations, the 5-star comfort of the Aqua Amazon...
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Tungurahua, Ecuador
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs...