Ecuador travel Archive

Quito’s New Airport Running, Road Coming 2014

[Update July 2014 – the road construction to Quito Airport (UIO) is mostly finished and the trip to/from the center is much faster, especially early morning and late night when many flights arrive. We’re still baffled though as to why you have to get on a packed shuttle bus to get from the terminal 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 [...]

A Tour of Casa Gangotena Hotel in Historic Quito

We’ve posted our full review of Casa Gangotena hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage historic center of Quito, Ecuador. But if a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video tour should be worth several thousand, right? Enjoy the tour of the inside and outside, or just follow that link for a description of what the [...]

A Design Hotel in the Cloudforest – Mashpi Reserve of Ecuador

What do you picture when you hear the phrase “jungle lodge?” What you conjure up in your head probably looks nothing like Mashpi Reserve Lodge in Ecuador. And the jungle you imagine around it probably looks nothing like what surrounds this lodge. Mashpi, in a huge private reserve of the same name, is literally in [...]

A Gastronomy Tour of Old Quito, a Chef at My Side

When it comes to foodie capitals, Quito may not be up there with Lima and Mexico City, but it is coming on strong. Chefs from Ecuador are finding ways to update the traditional recipes of the Andes and are making good use of their abundant riches sprouting up from the ground and on trees. On [...]

Green Galapagos Touring with Ecoventura

We’ve already run two Galapagos tour stories in the past, but though the animals and itineraries may be similar, all Galapagos cruises are not created equal. This time one of our writers went out with the most eco-friendly company plying these waters: Ecoventura. As a company that’s maintained Smart Voyager certification since 2000, you know [...]