Ecuador

April 6, 2018

We spent a couple of weeks marveling at the cool animals and enjoying some of the most pristine beaches on the Galapagos. After that, we headed back to the cooler temperatures of the mountains of Ecuador. We split our remaining time in Ecuador between the cities of Cuenca and Vilcabamba.

Cuenca is a city of about 300,000 people and sits at 2500 metres above sea level. It had a much more relaxed feel than Quito or Guyaquil. The...

March 23, 2018

After spending some time in the higher altitudes and cooler climate of the Andes, we made our way to the Galapagos Islands. The warm humid weather was a welcome change for us. It was nice to return to shorts and t-shirts. Initially, we had considered giving the Galapagos a miss, because we were concerned that spending a week or so on a boat would not be ideal with kids. However, it would have been a shame to come all the way t...

March 13, 2018

We swapped our shorts and t-shirts for fleeces and rain jackets as we headed back to the mountains after the Amazon. We spent a few days in Otavalo and surrounding area. Otavalo is home to one of the biggest markets in South America, where you can find all sorts of things - from traditional remedies, to fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, and an array of “alpaca” products. Of course there were endless food stalls serving up d...

March 12, 2018

Compared to Colombia, Ecuador is a small country but it packs a big tourist punch! It has the Andes, the Amazon, and the Galapagos!! In spite of its diminutive size, it is known as one of the worlds’ “megadiversity hotspots”. It is one of the most species-rich countries in the world because of the huge number of habitats. The beauty of it is that these varied regions are all relatively accessible. The only difficulty is that t...

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