Ecuador

Grassroots Conservation at Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge in Mindo, Ecuador

Posted by on April 14th, 2014
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Though Ecuador is a relatively tiny country, slightly smaller than the state of Nevada, it is home to a tremendous amount of biodiversity and natural beauty. From Marine Iguanas lounging on the volcanic Galapagos Islands off the Pacific Coast, to Andean Condors soaring over the central “Avenue of Volcanoes,” to Spider Monkeys hanging in the […]

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Discover Quito: not just a Galapagos stopover

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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Your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos itinerary will invariably include at least one night in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. More than likely you’ll spend two nights there – one before your Galapagos transfer and one after – so it really makes sense to take the time to discover Quito. Discover Quito’s geography Quito is the closest capital […]

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For the best views of Quito, ride the teleferico

Posted by on August 13th, 2013
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If you have some free time in Quito (as I did on my last visit) you may wish to get a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride up the teleferico (gondola) to be near the summit of the Pichincha Volcano. From the top you can take in the best views of […]

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Zen Birding in South America – Macaws in Peru

Posted by on June 26th, 2013
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While preparing for a recent trip to the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador, one of the most bird species-rich areas of the world, with over 450 species of birds, I stumbled across a book by David M. White and Susan M. Guyette entitled Zen Birding which reminded me of my experiences with macaws in Peru.  […]

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A Stay at an Amazon Jungle Lodge (La Selva)

Posted by on February 25th, 2013

Earlier this month I was able to embark on a adventurous trip into the Ecuadorian Amazon Rain Forest. The three best words I could use to describe the experience are unforgettable, unique, and pristine. To begin, I flew into Quito the night before my journey into the Amazon. I did this because the flight into […]

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Phone number changes in Ecuador and Chile

Posted by on November 28th, 2012

If you have friends or family in Ecuador or Chile, or if you travel there for business or pleasure, you might want to make yourself aware of the changes that have been going on to the phone systems in those countries.  The following will help explain the changes that have been made. Ecuador As of […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: A Lot More Than Pretty Churches

Posted by on June 27th, 2012

A comment I’ve now heard more than once about Cuenca, a city in southern Ecuador, is that it is “Ecuador’s Cusco.”  The comparison is apt, because both cities have thriving colonial centers and histories that long pre-date the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. The diversity of people that you see in both places reflects the […]

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Antisana Reserve: Great 1 Day Galapagos Extension

Posted by on June 5th, 2012
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If you are doing a Galapagos cruise and would like to add an extra day to see a bit more of Ecuador, the magnificent Antisana Ecological Reserve is a strong contender for “best day trip” outside of Quito. The two most popular day trips from Quito are to Mount Cotopaxi National Park (famous for its […]

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Galapagos Islands Video: A Tour of the Enchanted Isles

Posted by on May 17th, 2012
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For many of our travelers, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is one of the journeys of a lifetime. Located 600 miles from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consists of 13 major islands. The opportunity to experience this isolated laboratory of evolution from aboard an environmentally sustainable first class cruising vessel is something unique and […]

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