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Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries in the world. The country spans the volcanoes and the high, snowy peaks in the Andes Mountains to the hot, equatorial Galapagos Islands. The country is an ecotourism paradise, and wildlife viewing and bird watching are popular activities. The country has a long and rich history that makes it a very interesting place to visit.

Obviously, Ecuador is best known for the Galapagos Islands, a string of islands made famous by Charles Darwin for their unique wildlife. The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on a small-boat cruise where you can see the animals above and below the water’s surface. But back on the mainland, there are lots of interesting experiences: from horseback riding among the volcanoes of the Andes Mountains to the churches and culture of Quito. But one of the best things about the country is the Ecuadorean food! It’s a country that creeps in your heart and soul. Here are some of our best Ecuador articles.

How to Select a Galapagos Cruise Boat

The Beagle - our Galapagos cruise boat.

The Galapagos Islands are the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. Most travelers to the islands will opt for a cruise to see many of the more remote areas. However, not all Galapagos cruise tours are the same and which boat you select will have a significant impact on your experience. Here’s how to

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Seeing The Colorful Otavalo Market

Fruit stand in Ecuador's Otavalo market.

Yellow, green, red, orange, blue, pink, purple. As I walked around Ecuador’s Saturday Otavalo market, my eyes were assaulted by a rainbow of colors. Everywhere I looked, tables were piled high with goods in every color imaginable. I realized that the Otavalo market is the most colorful place on earth.

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What to Pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos

What to pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos

For many travelers, Ecuador and the Galapagos is a trip of a lifetime! But it also poses a lot of challenges when trying to figure out what to pack. In many ways, visiting Ecuador is not one climate, it is three very different ones. Regardless of how you get there, one of your biggest decisions

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Cool Ridings in the Avenue of the Volcanoes

The fence boundary of Hacienda El Porvenir in the Avenue of the Volcanoes with the beautiful Pasochoa volcano.

I don’t know what I was expecting from the Avenue of the Volcanoes high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador other than a view of the legendary Cotopaxi, but this was better than I ever imagined. Looking back, the Avenue of the Volcanoes gave us some of our best memories of Ecuador.

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Choosing the Best Galapagos Itinerary

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

For many travelers, including us, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, naturalists have been observing curious animals for nearly two centuries. It was here that Charles Darwin proved evolution. And it is here that visitors travel to experience one of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations. Yet every visitor to these enchanted

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10 Ecuadorian Food Dishes Not To Miss

Cuy roasting on a spit in Ecuador.

One of our favorite aspects of foreign travel is digging into the local cuisine of our destination. You can’t really understand a place or its culture if you don’t understand its food. Here are our 10 favorite Ecuadorian food dishes!

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Ecuador Graffiti: Street Art Expressions

The Boy in Otavalo by Tenaz

Stepping off the plane in Quito, Ecuador, the first thing you notice are the colors. The entire country is bathed in bright reds, lush greens, deep blues, sunny yellows and everything in between. Some of that is because this is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. But much of it is also due to

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