Otavalo, Ecuador

A gust of cool wind that blows through the open bus window jolts me awake. I open my eyes to an astonishing vista. The ice-blue slopes of distant glacial peaks resemble an impressionist landscape, while nearby valleys are dappled with rectangular parcels of green and gold farmland.

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Discovering Andean Bliss in Baňos Ecuador

Until today, all I knew of baňos is that it’s the Spanish word for bathroom. But a nice hotel clerk in Latacunga, Ecuador had told me that it’s the phrase for hot springs as well. She said that it’s also the name of an idyllic village in the central Andes...

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Traveling from Quito, Ecuador

  Because it houses an international airport, Ecuador’s capitol city is a great jumping off place to visit many other areas of Ecuador.  The city has 2 large bus terminals, the most popular being Quitumbre at the south edge of the city.

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The Bread Loaf and the Virgin, Ecuador

One of Quito, Ecuador’s most visible sights is the tall winged statue propped up on a prominent hill near the center of the sprawling city. It is an interesting piece of art work with an equally grabbing beginning.

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Doing the Shopping in Cuenca, Ecuador

If you’re like most visitors to Ecuador’s third largest city, you’ll be here for more than a few days. The charming colonial city has a way of extending your originally planned stay, so it’s important to prepare for that.

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The Sultan of the Andes, Ecuador

Riobamba is the 3rd largest city in Ecuador and is located in the central highlands of this South American country. Surrounded by hills and small villages, it is home to a very large market on Saturday where local indigenous people come to sell their arts, textiles, and produce.

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Guide to Baños, Ecuador

Many people come to this relatively small town to enjoy adrenaline-producing activities such as puenting and ziplining, or to visit the nearby active volcano Tungurahua. Even if those activities are not something you enjoy, Baños de Agua Santa is still worth the trip.

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Getting Pampered in Cuenca

When someone in Ecuador mentions the word “Baños,” most people immediately think of the adventure capital of this Andean country whose formal name is Baños de Agua Santa.  However, when you’re in or near the city of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest, they’re actually referring to a small community outside the...

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Getting Around Quito, Ecuador

Quito is a varied city, and it maintains that variety in its offering of transportation.  Several options exist, and thankfully they’re all incredibly inexpensive.  As is the case in many cities, taxis are probably the quickest way to get around, especially if you aren’t quite sure where you’re headed or...

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Basilica del Voto Nacional, Ecuador

The Basilica del Voto Nacional is a well-known site in Quito, Ecuador.  What is not as well known is that it is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas.  One of many stained glass windows It began as an idea held by congressman/Catholic Priest in 1883 to build a monument...

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