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A train in Montubia Land

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The coast receives us with its warm, tantalizing tropical breeze. We are barely four meters from sea level and during our train ride inland, we feel the stability of heading straight through the alluvial plains, something that, later, at the Bucay station,...

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New Year’s a la Ecuador

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Ecuador, "New Year’s Eve" is actually called “the Old Year”. It is celebrated on December 31 and has a protagonist: El Viejo, or the Old Man. The Old Man is a human-sized “rag” doll, filled with sawdust and dressed in clothes...

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Baltazar Ushca

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]He’s fast become a household name in Ecuador. The reason: a most peculiar livelihood. Baltazar Ushca has dedicated his entire life to obtaining ice from the glaciers of Mount Chimborazo. Today, when most human beings need just a few steps to reach...

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An Ibarra walk

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the viewpoint of San Miguel Arcángel, one observes the city, with its straight streets and white houses, at the foot of Volcán Imbabura. From here, you can also admire the spectacular Yahuarcocha Lake, the 'lake of blood', in Kichwa, named so...

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Fiestas along the railway

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most interesting facts when visiting the country is to get to know its people and its deep traditions, a cultural experience that is perhaps most palpable during the many fiestas that take place in every region. Be sure to...

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Walking Riobamba

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Perhaps, we must begin our tour walking down Avenida Daniel Leon Borja: an eclectic scene with restaurants and bars (and what was once the entire city with its 20 blocks), the main artery of the city and an entertainment hub in its...

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10 reasons to explore the Chimborazo area

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Setting out to discover Chimborazo and the larger Riobamba area is an experience that takes us deep into Ecuador’s history, nature and Andean geography, where the Inca’s sacred quinoa is cultivated, painting landscapes red, yellow, green and purple; where the Spanish first...

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Otavalo, a market with a history

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]From plaid hats to traditional skirts, coral bracelets, weaved belts, pillow cases, shawls, tapestries, baskets and rugs… and, of course, the ever-present poncho, the Otavalo Craft Market is the one of the most colorful showcases of Andean culture in the world. It...

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A night in Guayaquil? Here’s what to do!

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Guayaquil is home to a lively nightlife. Dancing, strolling along the river, discovering the picturesque old town neighborhoods or eating crab are among the highlights… There is certainly plenty to choose from.   The Malecón 2000, also called Malecón Simón Bolívar, opens late, and...

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Semana Santa in Quito

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[vc_row row_type="row" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]The holiest week in the Catholic calendar will soon be underway in Quito. It’s a very special time. Hundreds of events take place in churches, squares and communities both in the centre of Quito and its surrounding parishes. It’s a time of...

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