Category Archives: Ecuador

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One month of earthquake relief in Ecuador

Greetings from Canoa, Ecuador! I have just passed the one month mark of earthquake relief down here with All Hands Volunteers. As I left New York one month ago, I was filled with many emotions. Excitement, anxiety, wonderment. I had no idea what I was really about to embark upon, but somehow, deep inside, I […]

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Ecuador by the Numbers

Like Colombia, Ecuador was another country we ended up staying in far longer than we had planned. While relatively small (about the same size as the State of Colorado), there is a lot to see and do in Ecuador, and we can certainly imagine ourselves returning some day in the future to see even more. […]

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The Valley of Longevity – Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Another gorgeous bus ride through the mountains took us to our last stop in Ecuador – the very small mountain town of Vilcabamba. Legend has it this quirky town is home to some of the oldest people on earth. Four elements combine here to create the perfect healthy environment: 1) the constant pleasant mild climate, […]

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Incan Ruins & Panama Hats – Cuenca, Ecuador

We were sad to bid farewell to the Galapagos, but after five days cruising the islands aboard the luxurious Galapagos Explorer II, it was time to get back to our “real life” roughing it on the road as backpackers. While on the ship, we had no access to phones, internet, or even a newspaper, so […]

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The Poor Man’s Galapagos – Montañita, Ecuador

With only a few days to go before our big trip to the Galapagos, we left the mountains of inland Ecuador and headed for the coast. We had been told it would be anticlimactic to visit “The Poor Man’s Galapagos” (aka Isla de la Plata) after seeing the real thing, and we were looking forward […]

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Waterfalls & Hotsprings – Baños, Ecuador

After visiting Ecuador’s capital, Quito, we headed to the small town of Baños situated between gorgeous lush mountains and cascading waterfalls. Baños gets its name from the many hydrothermal hotsprings in the area. We found a cute, clean hostel called Plantos y Blancos in a great location for just $19 a night for a private […]

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Straddling the Equator in Quito

A quick 1.5 hour flight from Medellin brought us to Quito and country #8 on our trip – Ecuador. While still in Colombia, we decided to book a last-minute trip to the Galapagos, which would require us to be in Southern Ecuador in 10 days. With the clock ticking, we decided to skip through Quito […]

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