Collected by Tom Johnson
Calle Luis Cordero, Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca, Ecuador
My wife Kim and I decided with about three days left to take the Double Decker bus tour of Cuenca. It lasts about an hour and is $5.00. I was not excited to say the least. I am not a tour guy! I was dead wrong and I would recommend it for anyone,...
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...
Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca, Ecuador
In Cuenca, Ecuador, Christmas Eve is celebrated with the biggest parade of the year -- Pase del Niño, or Passing of the Child. Thousands upon thousands of locals flow through Calle Simon Bolivar on carts, horses, and donkeys! Dancers hop down the...
y, Mariano Cueva & Pío Bravo, Cuenca, Ecuador
Local markets are always so much fun and exciting. If you are ever in Cuenca, Ecuador check out their local market and if you like pork you will definitley be amuzed. Your order will come with some roasted pork, salad, corn and potato patties....
Mariscal Sucre, Benigno Malo Cuenca, Ecuador
The monastary of Carmen located in the basement of Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion is home to nuns who don't make any contact with the outside world. They do sell homemade jams, jellies, honey, wine, pastries, and trinkets, but without a shop or a...
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...
Las Retamas, Cuenca, Ecuador
Kim and I walked daily and visited many cathedrals, restaurants and places of business (especially Panaderia's). Inevitably we would wind up walking by this flower market daily and smiling at the beautiful arrangements.
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...
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...
Ferroviaria Baja, Quito, Ecuador
The Feast of Epiphany – Three Kings Day – is an important celebration in many Catholic countries in Central and South America. This is especially true in Ecuador, where the celebration of the arrival of the three kings also served as an...
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...
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...
Calle 58 520, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
A trip to Merida would not be complete without making a stop at this legendary sorbet shop that has been open for over 100 years. Situated right across the zócalo (main square), you can sit by the sidewalk and people watch while cooling off over...
Calle 57 y 62, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
For a good meal in Merida, look no further than La Chaya in the Centro area. While the hostesses dressed in traditional costumes and tortilla making demonstration may seem a little kitschy, it's all part of the fun and buzz of this eatery that is...
Rent a car and get out on the highways and byways of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the Maya Kingdom that still exists beyond Cancun's resorts and Chichen Itza's overrun ruins. Maya towns with charming colonial centers and empty ruins dot the...
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