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Ecuador Highlights

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     beautiful nature, great food, and lots of cultural opportunties 

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     Polotical turmoil, violence, crime 

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     I bit of all of South America in a small country 

Map of Ecuador















Laguna Quilotoa




Puerto López


Puerto Ayora




Bahía de Caráquez






Isla Santa Cruz








Isla de La Plata






Isla Isabela










Isla San Cristóbal


Puerto Villamil


Ruinas de Ingapirca


Isla Baltra






Puerto Baquerizo Moreno


San Antonio


Laguna Cuicocha




Isla Española


San Rafael






Isla Santa María














San José de Chaltura





See all 1075 Quito Tips
  • Colonial Quito

    Quito Things to Do

    Convento de Carmen Bajo was originally not founded in Quito, but in Latacunga in 1669. Almost 30 years later the convent was destroyed in an earthquake. What was left was later taken to Quito and the convent was rebuilt there between 1718 – 1726. In 1745 it was inaugurated. The remains of José de Sucre were kept here for many years until they...

  • JW Marriott Hotel Quito

    Quito Hotels

    Traveled thur Quito on a Eco Tourism trip. The Marriott was unforgetable. Beautiful hotel in every...

  • Crack addicted gangsters want it all

    Quito Warnings and Dangers

    I have my fair share of experience with Latin American violence, having lived as a gringo in some of the most dangerous places like Caracas, Venezuela and San Pedro Soula, Hondouras. I wear a suit to work most of the time and don't like to sit in taxis, Inching through traffic when I could be enjoying an nice walk. Basically I don't usually take...



See all 270 Cuenca Tips
  • Great food, unbelievably cheap

    Cuenca Restaurants

    We ate t this restaurant a couple times during our visit in March, 2014. Prices were ridiculously cheap and the food was delicious. the place is on the small side, staff id friendly but not much English spoken. This seemed pretty much a locals place and was quite busy both ties we were there. I doubt that you will run into many tourists or expats...

  • Hotel Victoria

    Cuenca Hotels

    When we arrived at the Hotel Victoria after our early morning flight from Quito it was only 9.00 am,...

  • Ice Cream Heaven!

    Cuenca Restaurants

    We ate at this place the very first night we arrived in town. It was late, about 9 PM and we walked the few short blocks from our hotel to the square looking for something to eat after the 3 hour van ride from Guayaquil. Tutto Freddo was the first place we found open. It was packed but service was good and the sandwiches were great. We ended up...



See all 140 Guayaquil Tips
  • Local customs for end of the year

    Guayaquil Local Customs

    Every year from August to December you should visit the street 6 de Marzo. A lot of local artist show the "monigotes" that they are elaborating for the celebration of the end of the year. "Monigotes" are figures out of paper, wood and glue. Normally the artist are using peoples from real life like politicians or comic characters to do this art. You...

  • Hotel Oro Verde

    Guayaquil Hotels

    We very much enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The staff of the Oro Verde exceeded our expectations....

  • Typical local food

    Guayaquil Restaurants

    Most of the tourists which are visiting Guayaquil want to eat typical dishes from the country they are visiting. One of the best places to do this is the restaurant "Lo nuestro". The restaurant offers a huge menu of typical, local food. The restaurant is ubicated at the Urdesa-District at the north of Guayaquil. Nearly every cab driver know it. If...



See all 84 Montañita Tips
  • The Chongon - Colonche Range

    Montañita Things to Do

    Most people don't know that on the backside of Montañita there is a virgin mountain range which is being turned into a governmental protected area. There are biking, trekking and zip line tours available ranging from $15 - $40. The range is mostly virgin tropical rain forest and its common to see or hear hauler monkeys and tiger cats, there are...

  • The best cappuccinos and much more...!

    Montañita Restaurants

    Under the nice hotel “ Tierra Prometida” the hotel owners keep one of the best restaurants in Montañita. There is a laid-back atmosphere in a cosy ambient. All customers seem relaxed either sipping their drinks at the bar or over a savoury hearty meal. The variety of international and local food doesn't give you any chance to get bored. The outdoor...

  • delicious Parillada!

    Montañita Restaurants

    Do you know what a parillada is ? Well, it's delicious chops of various parts of meat cooked over a charcoal fire, giving out the most appetising odour and having a mouth watering taste. And the owner Omar Fernandez knows its secret very well! But this nice restaurant has more to offer. There are pastas, oriental cuisine, seafood, wines and much...



See all 140 Otavalo Tips
  • Otavalan dress

    Otavalo Local Customs

    As I wandered around the market stalls taking my photos I began to realise that all the women were dressed in a similar style, rather different from the indigenous people I had seen in Quito. This is the traditional dress of the Otavaleña. It consists of white blouses, with coloured embroidery (usually of flowers) and flared lace sleeves, worn with...

  • Coraza

    Otavalo Hotels

    Abdon Calderon and Sucre (CORNER), Otavalo, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • What we bought here

    Otavalo Shopping

    While I always like to bring back a souvenir or two from our travels, neither Chris nor I see shopping as a major holiday activity, and we hadn’t expected to buy a lot at Otavalo, being more interested in taking photos of the activity than participating in it. However a number of things did catch my eye and I couldn’t resist making a few purchases....



See all 193 Baños Tips
  • Get a Massage

    Baños Things to Do

    Banos is a good place to get a low cost massage. Someone at my B&B recommended a guy who worked behind the Cafe Mariane. I got a good, professional 90 minute massage from him for $35. I don't know when I felt more relaxed and it was good for my muscles after hiking all over this mountain town.

  • Samari Spa Resort

    Baños Hotels

    Av. de las Amazonas, Banos, 2000, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • La Virgen

    Baños Things to Do

    Banos is known for its thermal baths. La Virgen is one in the middle of town next to a waterfall. It had cold water, hot water, and really hot water. That was fine and the location very pretty but I got a day during summer vacation when there were lots of kids there who saw it as a community swimming pool. So not the best experience but worth...



See all 47 Mindo Tips
  • The waterfalls – Santuario de Cascadas

    Mindo Things to Do

    To hike between the waterfalls outside Mindo is a lovely thing to do when you visit Mindo. The waterfalls are situated inside Bosque Protector Mindo–Nambillo and the area with the waterfalls is called Santuario de Cascadas. To come here I walked from Mindo and it took almost an hour. Then you have to take the tarabita (cable car) over the river...

  • CasKaffeSu

    Mindo Hotels

    Before going to Mindo I wanted to stay in a place with a nice garden where you can see butterflies...

  • Cascada Nambillo

    Mindo Things to Do

    Cascada Nambillo is the most visited of the waterfalls and also the waterfall closest to the tarabita. To come here you shall take the path to the left from the tarabita. The path goes downhill through the lush forest to the river and it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk here. Cascada Nambillo is around 15 metres high and in the pools below the...


Laguna Quilotoa

  • The legend of Vulcán Quilotoa

    Laguna Quilotoa Things to Do

    A legend says that once upon a time the god of volcanoes, Quilotoa, lived at the surface of the lake and the Pacific god Toachi lived at the bottom. Quilotoa didn’t like the presence of Toachi and therefore throw a ray of light towards him to make him leave. Toachi got angry and throw fireballs back at Quilotoa, who of course fired back. It was...

  • Hostal Cabanas Quilotoa

    Laguna Quilotoa Hotels

    I stayed two nights at Hostal Cabañas Quilotoa where I paid $12 per night (July 2011) including...

  • Reconstructions

    Laguna Quilotoa Things to Do

    I hiked from Chugchilán to Quilotoa both in 2011 and in 2012. The later year they hade done some improvements along the trail. There were now sings at several places pointing out the direction and the distance. Along the trail they had also put up benches and bins. From the bench in the photo it is a great view over Laguna Quilotoa and it looks...



See all 47 Latacunga Tips
  • From Latacunga to Ambato, and back

    Latacunga Transportation

    I walked to the bus terminal and just as I arrived a bus outside the terminal was leaving for Ambato. I hopped on and got a seat. I sat next to a man from Ambato whose name was Darwin. Near Ambato there was a lot of traffic and the bus travelled slowly. In Ambato I had planed to go to the terminal and take a bus to the centre from there. Darwin...

  • Hostal Tiana

    Latacunga Hotels

    I think Hostal Tiana is overpriced, but it is a good place to meet other travellers and exchange...

  • To Latacunga from Chugchilán

    Latacunga Transportation

    The buses from Chugchilán to Latacunga leaves very early in the morning. I can’t remember if it was at 3am or 4am, but it was absolutely too early. Another option for me was to share a pickup with people who were going to Quilotoa, and take the bus at 13.00 from Quilotoa to Latacunga. A pickup from Chugchilán to Quilotoa cost $25 (July 2012) for up...


Puerto López

See all 34 Puerto López Tips
  • Humpback Whales and whale-watching

    Puerto López Things to Do

    June – September is the whale-watching season on the Ecuadorian coast. Puerto Lopez is a good place to do it from and the chance to see many whales is largest in July – August. In Puerto Lopez there are many tour agencies where you can book a whale-watching tour or a tour to Isla de La Plata with whale-watching along the way. I would recommend the...

  • Hotel Pacifico

    Puerto López Hotels

    I had made no reservation before arriving in Puerto Lopez but hoped it would be okay anyway in the...

  • From Puerto Lopez to Quito

    Puerto López Transportation

    Before coming to the cost I had planned to take the bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito. The bus company Reina del Camino has got a morning bus which takes 10 – 11 hours and in July 2012 a ticket was $11. The bus makes a stop for half an hour near El Carmen, for people to eat and go to the restroom. In Puerto Lopez the bus leaves from the market and in...


Puerto Ayora

See all 46 Puerto Ayora Tips
  • Three daytrips with bicycle

    Puerto Ayora Things to Do

    When I visited Puerto Ayora in 2013 I rented a bike three times and made daytrips out of Puerto Ayora. One day I cycled to Media Luna and walked to Puntodo, another day I cycled to Los Gemelos andRancho Primicias, and another day I cycled to El Garrapatero. I will make tips about those places on my Isla Santa Cruz page.I rented the bikes from two...

  • Angermeyer Waterfront Inn

    Puerto Ayora Hotels

    Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Wildlife in town

    Puerto Ayora Favorites

    You don’t have to go outside town to see wildlife. If you stroll around the two piers you will definitely encounter sea lions, marine iguanas and different birds. On the old pier I have seen sea lions lying on the benches. That is not something you can see everywhere! Among the birds that I have seen around the piers are pelicans, great blue...



See all 15 Canoa Tips
  • My first surf lesson

    Canoa Things to Do

    Canoa is a good place to take surf lessons in and as surfing is something I have never done before I thought it was time to learn how to do. I booked my first surf lesson through Amalur where I stayed. They also have surf boards for rent. The surf instructor was Cedric, a Frenchman who lives in Canoa, and he is also a good friend of Lorena and...

  • Amalur Hostal Restaurante

    Canoa Hotels

    Amalur is owned by the most kind and helpful couple Diego and Lorena from Spain. Other good things...

  • To Canoa from Quito

    Canoa Transportation

    There is a night bus from Quito to Canoa and it is said to take only 6 hours. Well, I don’t like to travel by night buses as I can’t sleep on buses and I also want to see the landscape. Reina del Camino has got a day bus to Bahía, which is close to Canoa, and there is also a night bus to Bahía. Unfortunately the day bus doesn’t leave until midday,...


Bahía de Caráquez


See all 40 Riobamba Tips
  • Yallow Lagoon trek with Ecuador Eco...

    Riobamba Off The Beaten Path

    We were with the family 3 weeks in Ecuador with the Tour Operador "Ecuador Eco Tours" and during those 3 weeks, we took a trek to El Altar...that was really a beautiful experience!They do great things, with the little details... We starter at 8am, going in a comfortable jeep with our guide Telmo, til the entrance of the Sangay National Park. Then...

  • Hosteria La Andaluza

    Riobamba Hotels

    foot of Chimborazo, Riobamba, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Tour to Chimborazo and mountain biking

    Riobamba Off The Beaten Path

    Not off the beaten path, but not in Riobamba.In the morning I was picked up outside my hotel at 8:15,and then we, the guide Alejandro from Pro Bici and James from England, went to a café to pick up some sandwiches before we started the drive to Chimborazo. At some places along the road Alejandro stopped the car to tell us interesting things to...



See all 18 Papallacta Tips
  • Thermal pools at Balneario

    Papallacta Things to Do

    At Termas de Papallacta you can choose to go to the more expensive Spa or to the pools at Balneario. I went to Balneario and the admission there was $7.50 (August 2013). To get a locker cost $0.50 extra, and you need to leave a $5 deposit for the key.I put a few things in a locker but other things I put in a basket which was provided, a basket you...

  • A short hike

    Papallacta Things to Do

    When I came to Termas de Papallacta I noticed there was a short trail starting from there, so I decided to walk it before visiting the baths. The path is called Sendero de La Isla and it will take you for a walk along the small Río Papallacta. It is a nice walk with views of the surrounding mountains. It took 45 minutes to walk around the whole...

  • Restaurant at Hostería Pampallacta...

    Papallacta Restaurants

    I arrived to Hostería Pampallacta Termales in the afternoon. I had eaten snacks and a fruit salad on the bus but definitely wanted to eat something more before going to the thermal baths. So I ordered a chicken soup and a strawberry batido. I was told to take the seat were there was a heater, and that was good because it is cold in Papallacta. In...


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