Collected by Rhys MacLean
Gil Ramirez Davalos, Cuenca, Ecuador
Ecuador is a local foodie paradise. And no more so than in Cuenca. A variety of lush produce grows all year round in small farms surrounding this Highland Colonial city. The volcanic soil of the Andean Mountains nourishes a rich array of fruits...
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...
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...
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...
If you have a week in Quito, Ecuador try summiting the world's highest active volcano, Cotopaxi, in Ecuador. Cotopaxi is a mythical mountain which sits high in the Andes at 19,300 ft. above sea level. To the Incas it was a storied volcano and it...
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...
Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador
We spent the night up on Cotopaxi (19,300 ft.) and the next morning went for a short walk up the trail. We were greeted by these llamas who blocked our path back down to the lodge! There were friendly enough, but very curious. I would highly...
Huayrallacta, Quito 170146, Ecuador
In the new bus station in Quito, travelers are greeted with huge carts full of delicious bites, drinks, and yes, cigarettes. Sample crispy plantain chips, suck on tamarind candies, and slurp down some refreshing mango nectar. If you're here during...
Nayón, Sector Huertayacu. Quito - Nayón Pichincha Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
I have a small (to medium) fear of heights and any activity that requires me to fly unsupported through the air sounds terrible. But I’d never zip lined before so I figured I should try it in Mindo. Our guide Jorge drove my friend Jules and me to...
Turi, Quito 170121, Ecuador
Our tour guide Erfain from Mio tours took us to this hallowed place, the Battle of Turi monument is very special and it is celebrated annually. There are 73 steps to the upper level. The battle was between 4,000 Ecuadorians and 8,000 Peruvians on...
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...
Antonio de Ulloa, Quito 170129, Ecuador
Limpia is a cleansing procedure which is typical of Andean medicine. It involves the use of natural herbs, oils and rubs to bestow blessings of peace, harmony and prosperity, to cure diseases and ward off traumas. You can get a treatment for $10...
Reina Victoria, Quito 170150, Ecuador
La Boca del Lobo is a funky little restaurant in the Mariscal neighborhood of Quito. The decor, as you can see, is a bit surreal with bright colors, abstract art and a tree growing up through the floor. The food is tapas style with a mix of...
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...
Juan Rodríguez, Reina Victoria 282 y, Quito 170524, Ecuador
Achiote is not your typical Ecuadorian restaurant. It does include some standard Andean items on the menu, like roasted guinea pig, but their speciality is reinventing old-time favorites adding a gourmet twist. One could say this is Ecuadorian...
García Moreno, Quito 170401, Ecuador
The boutique hotel located at the historical city of San Francisco de Quito was once a mansion belonging to some of the richest families in Ecuador. The unique guest rooms are 2-story lofts with a covered patio in the center of the home. There are...
Chimborazo N4-106, Quito 170401, Ecuador
One of the stops on the city bus tour was this church. It is amazingly beautiful. I climbed up some rickety and questionable steps to get to the top and it was definitely worth it. It gives you a beautiful 360 view.
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