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5 Things to do in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands had long been on our bucket list.  We spent a week there in May 2015, spending two nights on San Cristobal Island and then taking a water ferry for USD30 per person across to Santa Cruz Island. Here are 5 of many things that you can do on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands. 1. Meet the locals of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands:...

On the Trail of the Panama Hat

The Panama hat is originally from Ecuador not Panama as the name suggests.  One story suggests that the name was given to the hat when President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Panama Canal Construction Site in 1904.  He was given one of the hats as a gift during his visit. The actual story is that the hats were produced along the Ecuadorian Coastal province of Manabi...

Las Penas, Guayaquil Third Time Lucky?

The “Las Penas” neighbourhood of Guayaquil in Ecuador looked a great place to visit according to things to do in Guayaquil.  It was rated #2 in Trip Advisor. Situated at the northern end of the Malecon in Guayaquil it was declared as a Cultural Heritage Site in 1982. Great photos can be found on the web, we couldn’t wait to explore. So, Las Penas...

Cuenca Ecuador a City of 52 Churches

As part of our three months stay in Ecuador, Cuenca was on our to do list to visit.  We have travelled to quite a few UNESCO World Heritage Cities in the last few years and we were expecting great things, she didn’t disappoint us. Cuenca and why you should visit: A city located in the Southern Andes of Ecuador where the Historico Centro’s hub is Parque...

Ecuador, Quito, Top 5 things to within and around Quito

Bus to the Centre of the Earth

When we first talked about coming to Ecuador for house sitting and to travel around for 3 months we did not envisage that we would be coming to the Centre of the Earth. Where is the Centre of the Earth? Just over an hour travelling and changing buses mid point we arrived  at the Centre of the Earth (Mitad del Mundo), 26 km north on the outskirts of Quito. The...

Ecuador, Quito, Top 5 things to within and around Quito

More than Markets in Otavalo Ecuador

In Otavalo Ecuador their Andean market is famous, especially on Saturdays, where it spreads from its location in Plaza de Ponchos to the nearby streets and alleyways. Most visitors spend only the day in Otavalo but if you have time we recommend that you stay longer.   Why you should stay longer in Otavalo?     We spent four nights in Otavalo staying at...

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