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Cuenca, Ecuador's Colonial Charmer

  Sherwood   Up in the Andes mountains south of Ecuador's political capital Quito and east of its largest city and commercial capital Guayaquil, this city named for the the city in Spain that was the hometown of the Spanish viceroy at the time of its founding in 1557 (later than the above two) is so lovely and historic that it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, and in addition to a growing tourism destination has also become a magnet for expatriates, especially from the USA.  …

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Thrills & spills in Tena, Ecuador's adventure capital

Ecuador, a country embedded between tourism powerhouses Colombia and Peru, is sometimes overlooked by the average traveller. But even apart from the inimitable Galápagos and colonial gems like Quito and Cuenca, it's also got some quite cool adventure offerings around the city of Tena, 3 1/2 hours south of Quito. The capital of Napo province is located in the valley of the Misahuallí River, which starts on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains and is surrounded by lush Amazon rainforest. If…

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How the eco-paradise Galápagos Islands stay eco-friendly

    As concern for our shared global biosphere rises, many are taking it to heart when it comes to travel, as well. Along with booming ecotourism, both providers and consumers in the travel and tourism sector are looking to promote tourism that's "sustainable" - a trendy buzzword, for sure, but one that simply means striving to minimise as much as possible any negative impacts on our increasingly beleaguered environment whilst allowing visitors to enjoy and learn more about it. And today we're…

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A luxury cruise through the Galapagos

By far one of the most exhilarating travel experiences I have had the pleasure to embark is my recent trip to the iconic volcanic archipelago off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands. Less vacation and more an adventurous “journey of discovery”, I was in sensory overload taking in its magnificent landscape for six incredible days aboard the luxury  Sea Star Journey, yacht, which in my opinion is the best way to see the Galapagos. When initially deciding how best to experience the…

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  • On their website HometoHavana.com, a U.S.-Cuban couple cover the world, and bring special expertise on Ecuador, where they met while living. And here they give recommendations on an aspect of the country that most people know less about: its Pacific-coast beaches. Check it out: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/10-must-visit-ecuador-be...
  • When it comes to Ecuador, most of visitors' intentions tends to end up focused around Quito, the Galápagos, colonial Cuenca, and maybe adventure hub Tena. But there's a Pacific coast down here, too, and one of the cool things about it - besides great beaches - is that it's home to more than a million afro-Ecuadorians, descendants of slaves brought here from Africa in the 16th century. They're especially common in the country's largest city, Guayaquil, and in Esmeraldas province, and this video by a black U.S. travel vlogger (his channel is Ace Live) is about his visit to Esmeraldas city (pop. 162,000) - pretty cool! https://youtu.be/HFD6yBC-7IM
    The Black People of Ecuador Esmeraldas Beach - Diaspora in South America
    The Black People of Ecuador - Diaspora in South America. In Esmeraldas Ecuador beach. In this video, I visit Esmeraldas Ecuador, where there is a thr…
  • Hi Colin,

    I'm in GPS on business sitting on the porch of my little hotel in San Cristobal Island after a mind-boggling day of photographing boobies, sea lions and frigate birds all within walking distance!  Tomorrow I'm going to a farm on the far side of the island to find out about their local crops and efforts to establish local food resources.  What kind of info are you interested in?


  • Anyone care to offer advice on photo equipment to a fellow Tripatini member headed to the Galapagos?  If so, please reply at this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forum. Thanks!!

  • A fellow Tripatini member is looking for suggestions re travel in Ecuador in the spring, especially Galapagos cruises. To help him out, please answer not here but at this link to Ask A Travel Expert.  Muchas gracias!

  • Poll: Where is your next ideal adventure vacation?

    View the answers and submit your own here.

    *Ecuador is an option!
  • Volunteer a few hours of work a day and get a free room, drinks, and 10 hours of Spanish lessons from the Secret Garden Spanish School in Quito. Thanks to travel/wine/design writer Jeanine Barone for finding this great deal. http://bit.ly/cKLrIG
  • RE: "You might want to scroll down this page for the article John Lamkin posted on Ecuador real estate. InternationalLiving.com has just named Ecuador the planet's best country for retirees." THANKS ED!
    BTW I got my 'Panama' hat in Mexico. I'll post a link to that story soon.
  • You might want to scroll down this page for the article John Lamkin posted on Ecuador real estate. InternationalLiving.com has just named Ecuador the planet's best country for retirees.
  • Please visit AfricanDiasporaTourism.com, a web journal about culture and heritage tourism in places of the African Diaspora worldwide. Let me know what you think and sign up for the mailing list to stay in the loop. We just did a great personal travel story on Ecudor.
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