Must-see Ecuador Festivals

Thinking of living in Ecuador? Get ready to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, a different language, and a different way of…partying? Yes! Ecuadorians certainly know how to celebrate and there are several festivals throughout the year. Depending on the holiday, there might be parades, street parties, folkloric dancing, and a variety of special […]

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On the set of the Ecuador Superbowl Ad

If you were watching this year’s Superbowl, you might have noticed something odd…. footage of blue-footed boobies and sea lions mixed into the standard ads for Coke and McDonalds, to the familiar sounds of the Beatles “All you need is Love.” Ecuador became the first government to invest in a superbowl ad to advertise tourism, […]


Adventures aboard a Galapagos cruise, part II

When you have been surrounded by the bizarre experiments of nature for 3 days straight (Read about the first half of my Galapagos trip), you start to expect the unexpected. Halfway through our Galapagos cruise we landed on the tiny volcanic island of Floreana Island, curious what otherworldly adventures awaited. We weren’t disappointed. Day 4. […]

Turtle tracks on the beach at Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island

Book review – Floreana by Margret Wittmer

The following is a guest post by Matt Burns, a native of Ojai, California who has spent several months in Ecuador and recently made his first trip to the Galapagos. Aboard a cruise with Ecoventura he became fascinated with the animals, and particularly the history of the islands. This is his take on one of […]

Baby waved albatross on Espanola

Adventures aboard a Galapagos cruise

I did not sleep before setting off for the Galapagos islands. I would set off for a 5-week journey, taking gazillagigabytes of photos and video and writing everything in a dogeared travel diary.  I started my trip with a week-long cruise aboard the Ecoventura M/V Eric with my boyfriend Matt. Over the course of one week, […]

My mom and I and Piedra de Agua

The spa lifestyle in Baños de Cuenca

If you ever dreamed of spending every day at the spa, Cuenca has got you covered….in mud! Baños de Cuenca is a suburb of the city located in the green hills south of downtown, filled with mineral baths. There are basic concrete tubs filled with natural spring water for just an entrance fee of just a […]