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Quito, Ecuador
For spectacular views of sprawling Quito, take a ride in the TelefériQo. This aerial lift, one of the highest in the world, takes you up the east side of Pichincha volcano, but don't worry, its active caldera is on the western side of the...
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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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Landing in Quito, the city looked mostly as I’d expected: a mixture of grime, bright colors, enticing street food, and the general feel of dust & humanity. But what I didn’t expect was how amazed I’d be at the mountains. I’ve been around mountains...
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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...
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Calacalí, 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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Bermeo, Quito, Ecuador
Quito has some of the continent’s best examples of colonial art and architecture. Must-stops include the National Museum of Colonial Art and the Guayasamin Museum, dedicated to contemporary artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. The Manuela Saenz Museum,...
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Ecuador
Technically, you don’t have to be a science geek to appreciate a cruise to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. That said, basic knowledge of the archipelago as the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution certainly won’t...
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Reina Victoria & Juan Rodríguez, Quito 170143, 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...
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Fray Vicente Solano E527, Quito 170136, Ecuador
Slow morning in casa bambú
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Quito, Ecuador
I am a Flight Attendant and I had been in Quito a few times that month. After doing quite a few of things over the month, I decided to play tourist and go on a Red Bus City tour. It's a hop on , hop off type bus and tour. It turned out to be a...
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Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
The Giant Tortoise Reserve is one of the highlights of any trip to the Galapagos, but don't forget to look around on your drive across the island; Santa Cruz is noted for tremendous scenic beauty in its own right. It's amazing just how much you...
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Avenida Rio Amazonas N23-71, y Wilson, Quito 170143, Ecuador
A definite highlight! Snorkeling with penguins. We had a few lucky snorkeling sessions where they swam right up to us. The guides from the Lindblad national geographic expedition ship knew just where to take us for some incredible wildlife...
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Ave Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Seeing the famous giant tortoise of the Galapagos is an amazing experience. The Charles Darwin Center is home to preserving & promoting conservation, research & education in the Galapagos Islands. After any holiday to the islands one will look at...
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Azuay, Ecuador
My partner and I took a day to hike around Cajas National Park just outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. It was phenomenal! We hired a guide from Expediciones Apullacta and he was super knowledgeable about the history and geography of the place. It's such...
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Banos, Ecuador
Our jungle tour was simply incredible. Hiking through deep jungle brush, finding a hidden waterfall cascading to a pool 100 feet below. The sunset from the overlook was breathtaking.
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Mindo Valley, Ecuador
Traveling around Ecuador for over 2 months, you get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of waterfalls! Using the town of Mindo as a point of departure, you can take a hike on a circuit nearby which leads you past dozens of waterfalls large and...
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Cotopaxi, Ecuador
World's largest active volcano!
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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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Montañita, Ecuador
Montanita is a great town for nightlife but before heading out enjoy local fish from the daily catch. Just head to the beach and offer some change for your night's dinner.