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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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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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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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Quito, Ecuador
Wandering Quito’s varied historical town is enthralling, endlessly fascinating and unfortunately, so time consuming you find little time to eat. So why not walk and munch. A plethora of food options offer small bites for a long day of church...
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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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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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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...
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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 most iconic views of Quito feature the snow-covered peak of Cotopaxi in the background. Though a hike to its crater is on many visitors' wish list, its recent spurt of activity may deem it too unsafe for the next few months. But there’s no...
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Quito, Ecuador
Wandering a gallery is great, but nothing beats a private lesson with the artist himself. Gray-bearded and well-dressed Oswaldo Viteri, born in 1931, is as intriguing and striking as his assemblage of neo-figurative art. Thanks to Gentian Trails...
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Quito, Ecuador
You may think local markets are merely a place to pick up a bunch of apples, bananas or, if you’re feeling exotic, a mango. Not in Quito. Alongside the kaleidoscope of fruit and veg, the city’s oldest market holds special healing powers too. Deep...
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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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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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García Moreno, Quito 170405, Ecuador
Few experiences provide cultural intoxication like exploring a city’s past. And, good news, Quito's oozes fascination. The best place to travel through the pre-Columbian era, Spanish conquest and eventual independence is a visit to the marvellous...
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Noruega E1049 y Av. 6 de Diciembre, Quito 170505, Ecuador
What La Ronda lacks in size, it makes up in style and beauty. This street, so short you could hold your breath and run its length, bustles with bars, artisanal craft shops and ice-cream parlours. Stroll down its cobbled-stone path, restored in...
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Palacio Hidalgo, Quito 170401, Ecuador
UNESCO got it right when it declared Quito’s historical center the world's first Cultural Heritage site. Hidden among the baroque churches, cobbled streets, and colorful markets lies a square of endless entertainment. If you find yourself in Plaza...
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Banos, Ecuador
For those with a love of extreme adventure, head to Baños in central Ecuador. Here you can ride horses up the side of a volcano, hike in a cloud forest, and plummet down thundering waterfalls. I never quite understood the thrill of adventure...
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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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Banos, Ecuador
What a thrill to jump off a 320-foot bridge with the soaring Andes all around and the booming Pastaza River below! If you fancy this adreneline-fueled ride, then head to Baños in central Ecuador. San Francisco bridge and Rio Blanco are two ideal...
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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...
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What better way to test your skills at water skiing, wakeboarding, or any other number of water sports than on the volcano-fringed San Pablo Lake. With the towering Imbabura volcano at one side, this oval-shaped lake offers a refreshing break from...
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Quito, Ecuador
Looking for a unique travel experience? Get up-close and personal with the tropical plants and exotic animals of the Amazon Rainforest as you explore it by foot, motorized canoe, and plane with native guides. But that's not all! Discover the...
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Otavalo, Ecuador
For unique handwoven attire at reasonable prices (depending on your bartering skills) few places come close to Otavalo. This small indigenous town, sunken between the volcanic peaks of Imbabura, Mojanda and Cotacachi hosts a market renowned...