Category Archives: Ecuador

Ecuador

Cuenca, Ecuador

After hiking in the mountains we moved on to Cuenca in southern Ecuador, and our last city before the Peruvian border. After yet another all night bus ride, from Latacunga we arrived in Cuenca bright and early at 6am, and walked with our big packs to the hostel. After settling in we headed out for breakfast, it was Sunday however so almost every business was closed. A note on Sundays in South America, it seems the entire continent shuts down on Sundays...

Baños, Ecuador – Relaxing under a volcano

After our time in the Amazon, we went to Baños Ecuador to relax under the shadow of a smoking volcano. Set in a jungle covered canyon, Baños is another popular stop on the gringo trail through Ecuador. Baños offers hot spring pools (hence the name Baños), and adventure sports like bungee jumping, and mountain biking into the canyon as well as views of the their active volcano.

Four nights in the Amazon Rainforest

Of the many places that we have on our list to visit the Amazon Rainforest is definitely near the top. We had the chance to visit the Ecuadorian portion of the Amazon and we jumped on it. Our trip proved to be quite interesting with monkeys, birds, poisonous snakes, guns, caiman, piranhas, medical emergencies and more than enough insects to go around...

Quito, Ecuador

The sprawling mountainous metropolis and capital of Ecuador, Quito was our next destination after Otavalo. At 2,800 meters (9,350 feet) it is the second highest capital city in the world second only to La Paz in Bolivia...

Climbing Volcanoes in Ecuador

After checking in to Ecuador, a simple matter of walking across the bridge in Ipiales, getting a quick stamp in our passports and a dismissive wave off from customs, we hopped in a taxi to the nearest bus station. Besides the fact that Ecuador uses American money, there is one immediately evident difference between the two countries, and no I'm not talking about their flag because they are almost the same, things are cheaper, a lot cheaper...