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One Month in Ecuador

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Amid your Andes highland hikes and wildlife spotting, take time to wander colorful Andean markets, venture to the "middle of the world," and ride through the mountains perched atop a chugging train. Then head to the Pacific coast for surf lessons, a primitive fishing experience, and deep orange sunsets.
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Blvd. 9 de Octubre 101, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador
Comprising four coaches—with interior designs ranging from pre-Hispanic to neoclassical—the Tren Crucero takes four days to mosey from the Pacific coast to Ecuador’s capital in the Andes. An open terrace car provides unbroken views of the Devil’s...
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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...
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Puente Peatonal & Ciclovia "Santay", Guayaquil 090101, Ecuador
Break free from the neon lights, parping cars and bustling plazas of Guayaquil by saddling up on a rented bike and gliding across to a lesser-known mangrove island. Lying in the south of the city, Isla Santay could be in another world. Just a...
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Cajabamba, Ecuador
The village of Cajabamba, in a valley famous for the conflicts between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors that took place here, is now a peaceful market town between coastal plantations and the cloud forest. The town is also known as a trekker...
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10, Padre Aguirre, Calle Larga 41 y, Cuenca, Ecuador
When in Ecuador, wear what the Ecuadorians wear. Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla is a small museum in Cuenca that explores the history of Panama hats. This delightful museum also shows the intriguing making process and sells a huge variety of...
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Canoa, Ecuador
In the late afternoon every Friday, volunteers and students at Río Muchacho Organic Farm pile into the back of large, slow-moving trucks. They are then bounded along the bumpy, winding dirt road that leads roughly 10 miles southwest into the tiny...
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Daniel Cevallos Rd 1064, Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to the "Middle of the World." Actually, Ciudad Mitad Del Mundo is a little askew from the middle of the world – the equator lies about 800-feet north of the marked line. Nevertheless, in this city, located in Pichinita, you can climb...
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Malecón Simón Bolivar, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador
Guayaquil has undergone a much-needed facelift in recent years, including the transformation of its oldest community. Delightfully reminiscent of La Boca in Buenos Aires, but on a hillside, the community of Las Peñas, located at the Malecón's...