The first guesthouse we stayed at in Quito, Ecuador, was owned by a local artist called Paco Viniachi. This man had converted every corner of the house, garden and street in front of his property into colorful art. Even the lamp post in front of his gate had paintings all … more »
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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
A cancelled flight to Bolivia ended up with an impromptu trip to Ecuador. Even though it wasn’t really planned, we spent several months in this country, that truly stole our hearts.
We chilled in the capital city of Quito, just absorbing what the everyday life is like over there… and planning our travels around the main distinct regions of Ecuador:
But how can so much goodness fit into one tiny country?
Explore with us below to find out!…
Read Island hopping the Galapagos, part 2/4: Floreana Island here. Isabela Island was our second home in the Galapagos, after Santa Cruz. Having spent some time in both islands, I could safely say that if you divide your island hopping days between the two, you’ll see and experience a … more »
Update 2019 Unfortunately, Ecuador has stopped offering visa free access to Indian citizens due to widespread abuse. More information is available in this news article. We had written earlier about some of these issues when Backpack ME was used as a platform for taking people illegally to Ecuador. Original article … more »
Read Island hopping the Galapagos, part 1/4: Puerto Ayora here. When you decide to visit the Galapagos by land instead of on board of a more typical cruise ship, that doesn’t literally mean you will explore the place on solid ground only. This is an archipelago; coming to an … more »
After living in Dubai for more than 4 years I am not easily impressed with luxury. I don’t mean to brag, but I have seen 7 star hotels, been to world-class international food buffets and felt how fluffy the beds that royals and celebs sleep in are. I didn’t stay … more »
We’ve spent two months in Ecuador and that has given me plenty of time to gauge Claro’s 3G performance. I bought a Claro sim-card when I got to Ecuador in March 2012. We had to go to the Claro retailer in Quito to get a micro sim for my iPhone … more »
Galapagos Islands is one of the places I was looking forward to the most ever since we started our travels around Latin America. Being a rather exclusive touristic destination, Galapagos aren’t close friends with budget travelers, attracting mainly US American tourists that enjoy this beautiful place while the rest of … more »
Spotted at the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge in Galapagos Islands, this window makes you wonder what’s happening inside the room… In Portugal, back where I come from, neighbors usually chat from window to window in traditional areas like Alfama, in Lisbon. Sometimes they shout so much to be able to hear … more »
Spotted some happy cookies in Quito. They look really good and cheerful. I wish all cookies looked like this. Grumpy cookies are the worst. Well, they’re not as bad as soggy cookies. I like how these cookies have genuine smiles. They really look like they mean it, just like The … more »
Spotted in the busy city center of Latacunga, Ecuador! This cute little pickup is used by many people living in the Andes. It’s a very popular car in farms around Ecuador. Don’t underestimate it – it’s a 4×4!