Ecuador travel Archive

Two Good Hacienda Hotels Near Cuenca, Ecuador

There are a lot of good reasons to choose a hotel in central historic Cuenca. But I mentioned two hacienda hotels outside of town in this recent Cuenca tour story that are worth a look for a more serene experience: Caballo Campana and Uzhupud. Hacienda Caballo Campana is only 10 minutes from the city, near [...]

Touring Cuenca and the Countryside of Southern Ecuador

Late last year I finally made it to a city I’ve had on my list for a while: Cuenca, Ecuador. This #3 city in the country by population is best known as a retirement hotspot for gringos, but that’s just the narrative that the media latches onto most. The foreign retirees are only a tiny [...]

A Perfect Day in Quito

The city of Quito, Ecuador has figured into plenty of hotel reviews we’ve done and two tour stories: Quito and the High Valley and a Mainland Ecuador feature. What if you just have one day in the city though before or after the Galapagos? What’s the best way to spend that day? On a Quito [...]

Quito’s New Airport Running, Road Coming 2014

The new airport in Quito, UIO, officially opened February 20 and flights stopped at the previous one the same day. By most accounts, the new opening was smooth and without major hiccups. The main issue at this point is how long it takes to get to the city on roads that are not up to [...]

Seeing Ecuador by Train

Ecuador is not an ideal country for building rail lines. You’ve got high mountains to cross, active volcanoes, and locations where tracks can get washed out or buried in mudslides. So while the cities of Ecuador were once connected by train, over the years the lines have gotten broken up into short runs that are [...]