Ecuador travel Archive

New Ways of Experiencing the Galapagos Islands

One of the interesting, little-discussed aspects of touring the Galapagos is that most companies are booking quite similar tours. This is mostly for a very good reason: the fragile ecosystem needs us humans to stay the hell off most of the area, so there are strict limits in place as to where our feet can [...]

Relocated Mansion del Angel in Quito

We always feel some obligation to revisit a luxury hotel we’ve reviewed when it adds a new wing or does a complete room overhaul. We felt especially obligated to revisit Mansion del Angel in Quito, Ecuador though: they moved across town! Yes, they packed up a few moving vans and took their elegant furniture to [...]

Latin America Travel News and Views

Congratulations to Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week. Here’s the sad part though: “He is the first Latin American writer to win the prize since Octavio Paz in 1990.” (No Spanish readers in Sweden perhaps?) Big news for real estate investors looking at Ecuador: International Living reports that [...]

Latin America and Your Roses

As you pick up some roses for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day and pay twice the rate of the rest of the year, take solace in the fact that they went through a lot to get here. Those pretty flowers you are holding were probably growing in the soil of Ecuador or Colombia just a [...]

Post Office Bay in the Galapagos

About a month ago I hand-delivered a postcard I had carried a very long way. From a dot of an island in the southern Pacific Ocean to a small city in Virginia. From Post Office Bay to a parent back home. You see Post Office Bay, on Floreana Island in the Galapagos, was set up [...]