Our trip was drawing to a close, and we had taken the overnight bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito, where we would be flying out from that night. The bus had gotten in early, so we were at a very quiet Terminal Quitumbe well before sunrise. We had already done most of the things on our explore-Quito … Continue reading Mindo: Colorful & Humming with Life
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador is a place that is dominated by fish and birds. This small fishing village has a very genuine feel to it - instead of piles of surfing tourists, you're more likely run into fishermen carrying out the day's work as you stroll along the beach. There's a nice new boardwalk that carries … Continue reading Puerto Lopez is For the Birds
I'm pretty sure there's only one reason people come to Montañita, and that's for BEACH PARTIES. I very much enjoy beaches, but I'm not much for partying, so this wasn't exactly my first-choice beach to explore in Ecuador. I was really hoping to hang out in Canoa, but unfortunately our illnesses had slowed us down so Montañita … Continue reading Fun in the Sun in Montañita
Everyone talks about Baños as the place to go for budget adventures, so we were ready to take on some of the more famous outdoor offerings of the city. Adventure the first: Canyoning! This was the one thing I swore she wouldn't do. Naturally, it was at the top of Mike's list. Canyoning is a misleading … Continue reading Outdoors Adventures in Baños
There was no question that our trip to Ecuador had to include Baños - it's a tourist town with major budget backpacker appeal. Full of cheap outdoor adventures and a tightly-packed town center, there was always something to see and do. Cheap food and lodging was in abundance (we stayed at Hostal Transilvania, private room … Continue reading Welcome to Baños!
I was so excited to hike the famous Quilotoa loop. Volcanic crater lake! Stunning views! Incredible hostels! Interaction with locals! Off the beaten track! From the moment I first read about it, I knew it was going to be a defining moment in our trip, something we'd remember for years to come. Then on morning … Continue reading Horsing Around in Quilotoa
La Mitad del Mundo is a huge monument that sits on the Equator, the center of the world! That's what they tell you, at least, because after building a giant monument and tourist attraction nobody wanted to admit they had missed the mark by about 240 meters. Science! Still, it's a fun place to spend … Continue reading In The Middle Of The World!
Since we had pretty thoroughly covered Old Town on day one in Quito, we decided to creep slowly northward to La Mariscal on day two. We started our journey through La Alameda Parque, a tiny triangle park with an adorable paddle-boat river! It's the oldest park in the city, and it also boasts a really … Continue reading Exploring New Town in Quito!
After an entire day of flight delays, we finally made it to Ecuador! The nighttime drive into the city only gives tiny hints of what the city actually holds. We got ourselves immediately settled into the Secret Garden hostel so that we could wake up refreshed and ready for our first day in South America. … Continue reading Bienvenidos a Quito! Or, Our Happy Arrival In Ecuador.
To start off 2017 with a bang, Michael and I headed to South America for the first time! Our original plan had been to spend a month traveling through several countries, but when we settled on travel dates we realized we could stop in Texas on the way home and see my family and work … Continue reading Exploring Ecuador