Ecuador Archive

Cuenca Real Estate: No Secret, but Still a Great Value

Back in 2010 we wrote about Cuenca luxury real estate and although the word was getting out at that point, only those who read publications like International Living were really hearing much about it. Then the bandwagon press machine started up in earnest and the city got mentioned as a retirement hotspot in magazines and […]

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

[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 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 […]