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Complete Guide to Visit the Arenillas Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

The Arenillas Ecological Reserve is located in the southwestern coastal region of Ecuador in the province of El Oro. The closest major city is Huaquillas, a border city with Peru. The reserve is home to both tropical dry forest and mangrove forests. The reserve has more than 17,000 hectares, making it one of the most important …

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What to do in Puerto Jeli, El Oro

Puerto Jeli is one of the most important gastronomic destinations in the province of El Oro, Ecuador along with Puerto Hualtaco (Huaquillas) and Puerto Bolívar (Machala). For seafood lovers, this is a destination that you cannot miss. Most of its inhabitants are dedicated to fishing and the culinary arts of the typical food of the …

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Complete Guide To The Waterfalls of El Chorro de Girón, Azuay

El Chorro de Girón is made up of three waterfalls that are located within the canton of Girón in the province of Azuay, Ecuador. From the entrance, there is a path that takes you to the base of the waterfalls, to the viewpoint and to the other waterfalls. El Chorro de Girón is located in …

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The 13 Best Things to see and do in Macas, Morona Santiago

The city of Macas, also known as Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Macas or as the Oriental Emerald, is the capital of and largest city in the Morona Santiago Province in Ecuador. Macas is an adventure sports and tourist city located in the Upano Valley with views of the Upano River, which lends itself to …

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The Best Hikes in Podocarpus National Park From Loja and Zamora

Podocarpus National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Ecuador due to its topography and location in the Eastern Ranges of the Andes Mountains in southern Ecuador. The park includes ecosystems within the Sierra and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Its altitude ranges from 900 to 3,600 meters above sea level. Podocarpus was declared …

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The 6 Best Things To Do In Bajo Alto, El Oro in One Day

Where is Bajo Alto beach located? Bajo Alto beach is located in the northwest of the El Oro province in the Guabo canton. The province of El Oro is located in southern Ecuador in the Costa region. The closest major city to Bajo Alto beach is the city of Machala approximately 30 kilometers away. How …

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Boutique Hotel Review: Casa Gangotena At The Heart Of Historic Quito

Any visitor to Quito who wants to stay in one of the best hotels in Quito, look no further than the historic Casa Gangotena, located in the heart of the old town. The hotel overlooks the Plaza de San Francisco. Casa Gangotena is a Spanish colonial mansion that dates back to the 1600s. The wealthy …

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Review: Mashpi Lodge Rainforest Hotel in Chocó Andino, Ecuador

The Mashpi Lodge is a boutique hotel in the dense cloud forest near Quito. It was recently included on National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andean Chocó region, just 2 hours and a half from the city of Quito. This eco-resort in the heart of a 2,500-acre …

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How to See Andean Bears in Ecuador: Where to Find the Elusive Spectacled Bears

There are eight species of bears in the world: the polar bear, the brown bear, the black bear, the panda bear, the Malayan bear, the Asiatic black bear and the Andean bear or spectacled bear. The role of the Spectacled Bear in its ecosystem is very important, since they help to disperse seeds over a …

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The Best of La Entrada Beach in Santa Elena, Ecuador

La Entrada is a picturesque city located in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador on the border with the province of Manabí, between Las Núnez beach and La Rinconada. In fact, its name comes from the fact that it is the entrance to the province of Santa Elena after crossing the Cordillera Chongón Colonche if …

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7 Amazing Things To Do In Salinas, Santa Elena

Salinas is the busiest beachfront cites and one of the main cities in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador located on the western tip of the peninsula of the same name. Although Salinas is not the closest beach to Guayaquil, many of its visitors come from this city. Here you can find several beautiful hotels, …

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Our Review Of The Napo Wildlife Center in Yasuni National Park

Yasuní National Park is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covering more than 9,823 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest. Yasuní is located between the Napo and Curaray rivers within the Napo forest eco-region. Yasuní National Park features 150 amphibian species, 121 reptile species, 382 fish species, 596 …

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11 Adventurous Things To Do In Puerto Misahuallí In The Amazon Rainforest

One of the most magical and beautiful places in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is Puerto Misahuallí, which is located just 40 minutes by car east of Tena, Napo. Puerto Misahuallí is known for its wild monkeys, which roam freely through the central park and along the banks of the Rio Napo beach, making mischief with …

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5 Things to Do In Vilcabamba, Ecuador That You Can’t Miss

The Vilcabamba canton (The name in Quichua means Sacred Valley), is one of the most beautiful towns in Ecuador thanks to its topography, surrounding mountains, and the kindness of its inhabitants. It is located in the southern Andean region in the province of Loja, just 45 km from its capital, the city of Loja. The …

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The 9 Best Things To Do In Zamora, Ecuador In One Day

Zamora is the capital of the province of Zamora Chinchipe located in the extreme southeast of the country in the Amazon region. Zamora is known for being one of the two doors to the Podocarpus National Park, for the great probability of bird watching and for its natural beauty such as its waterfalls. The climate …

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11 Adventurous Things To Do In Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi National Park is home to the volcano that bears the same name, one of the most active and recognized volcanoes on the Avenida de los Volcanes and all of Ecuador. In fact, the Cotopaxi Volcano was the first park in Ecuador’s continental territory to be declared a national park. The Cotopaxi volcano is …

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The 10 Best Things To Do In Loja, Ecuador In 2 Days

Loja, also known as the Castilian City, is the capital of the province that bears the same name located in southern Ecuador in the Andes mountain range. This beautiful city is known for its cultural heritage, its natural and architectural beauty inherited from the Spanish colonial era. Top 10 tourist places to visit in Loja: …

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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve: Everything You Need To Know To Visit The Ecuadorian Amazon

I had the opportunity to visit the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of the most magical places in Ecuador. Together with Yasuní National Park, these parks are the most biodiverse reserves in the country. The Cuyabeno Reserve is located in the northern Amazon region of the country in the Sucumbios province. Some the animals that you …

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A Guide of The 8 Best Things To Do in Baños, Ecuador

Baños de Agua Santa is located in the center of Ecuador in the province of Tungurahua in the Ecuadorian highlands. Baños is known as the “Door to the Amazon“, as it is the last city before entering the Ecuadorian Amazon or as “the capital of adventure sports in South America” ​​for the amount of extreme …

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The Best Glamping Experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest with Macas Glamping

We had the opportunity to stay at Macas Glamping for two nights and the truth is that it was an unforgettable experience. This boutique hotel is located just 15 minutes from Macas, Morona Santiago in the Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador. It is not located in the heart of the jungle but the environment that …

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Things to do in Ecuador: 10 day Itinerary (Highlands version)

Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries in the world and in only 10 days in Ecuador you can visit volcanoes, beautiful beaches and the rainforest. We recommend starting your week in Ecuador either in Quito or Guayaquil as there are the main international airports in the country. Quito is a UNESCO historic city …

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The Best 4 Places to Go Whale Watching in Ecuador

In this travel guide you will find everything you need to plan your trip for whale watching in Ecuador. Every year along the coast of Ecuador humpback whales migrating more 4,000 miles from its feeding grounds in Antarctica to mate or give birth in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean The cool thing about …

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Travel Guide to The Armadillo Waterfall (Cascada del Salto del Armadillo), Ecuador

The Salto del Armadillo waterfall is a little more than 10 meters high and 30 to 40 meters wide. It is a waterfall is the perfect spot to visit for tourists from Manabí, Guayas and Los Ríos. Within the reserve you can see many animals including rabbit, agouti, armadillo, oncilla, partridge, hawks, and several varieties …

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How To Visit Ingapirca Ruins from Cuenca, Ecuador

After several years of wanting to visit Ingapirca, we finally drove to this pre-Columbian archaeological complex located 50 miles north of Cuenca, Ecuador in the province of Cañar. It takes about 25 minutes from the city of Cañar or an hour and a half from Cuenca and three and a half hours from Guayaquil. Ingapirka …

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Witness the Guayacanes Blossoms in Colimes, Ecuador [2022]

Guayacanes Blossom 2022: TBA For more information about the blossom dates please check it here! Colimes is a small town located 90km, or an hour and a half drive north of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Once a year the Guayacanes blossom, creating a beautiful sea of yellow flowers. The blossom takes place between the months of December and …

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Galapagos On a Budget: The Ultimate 8 Days Galapagos Travel Guide

Many people have the idea that Galapagos is an expensive destination due to the high prices on cruises but in reality you could visit the Galapagos on a budget if you follow the following itinerary. You do not need to hire a tour to visit the Galapagos Islands as the islands are serviced by ferries …

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What to do during a long layover of 8 hours in Guayaquil, Ecuador

We are sharing a layover guide to Jazmin’s hometown of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Many members of our community have been asking for this complete layover guide to Guayaquil because its international airport is a frequent stop en route to the Galapagos Islands. If you are thinking about taking a Guayaquil long layover tour, this might come …

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Flowering of the Yellow Guayacan in Southern Ecuador, Mangahurco – Loja

Who has not dreamed about visiting a fairy tale forest? Those magical places that seem to be taken from some wallpaper are always thought to be from another part of the world far from where we are. But for Ecuadorians, the luck and joy of admiring these landscapes is right in the backyard, with an …

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5 Things To Do in The Rainforest of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador

Yasuni National Park is one of the most biologically diverse spots on Earth. This massive rainforest is located in northern Ecuador as part of the Amazon River Basin. We spent a whole week exploring one of the greenest places on earth! While Yasuni is less than 1% of the Amazon Basin, it is home to almost one-third …

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8 Photos that will inspire you to visit the beautiful Cemetery of Tulcán, Ecuador

Tulcan is a small city in the north of Ecuador, along the border the Colombia. This small border town is popular among over land travelers between Ecuador and Colombia as a great stop in this cute town. Just a four hour drive from the country’s capital of Quito, Tulcan is the perfect weekend getaway for …

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Visiting Pashpanchu in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest

The Pashpanchu wilderness experience is a new project of the Kichwa Pompeya community in the heart of the Yusani National Park in Ecuador. Head into the depths of Amazon rainforest for a firsthand experience with the beautiful nature and wildlife. Exploring the rainforest, it is hard to expect what type of accommodations might be available. Well, …

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Witness the Pink Amazon River Dolphin at Yaku Warmi

The community of Martinica was legally formed in 1997 with a 150 members. The community joined together to start protecting and conserving their land by registering it for personal use and an area specificity for tourism. The Yaku Warmi cabañas are built at the heart of the conservation land for tourists to enjoy all the jungle …

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Glamping in the Yasuni Rainforest National Park

We stayed at the Mandaripanga Yasuni Jungle Expedition in the heart of the Yasuni National Park. They offer a beautiful glamping spot in the middle of the jungle. This new project is located in the river bank of the Tiputini River, a tributary of the Amazon River. There are not other operators or tours in the area, so in …

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What to do in Coca: Activities, attractions and sightseeing

In this guide we will list the best things to do and see in El Coca, Ecuador. The small city of Coca, officially known as Puerto Francisco de Orellana, is located at the confluence of the Napo, Coca and Payamino rivers in northeastern Ecuador. Just a 5 hour drive or short plane ride from Quito, Coca has become …

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The Coastal Province of Santa Elena: Things to do in Santa Elena, Ecuador

As an Ecuadorian, Jazmin grew up going to the beaches of Santa Elena, Ecuador. Santa Elena is a coastal province just north of Guayaquil, Jaz’s hometown. Its main attractions are of its beaches, of course! It has so many different beaches to enjoy including Salinas, Punta Carnero, Playa Rosada, Olón and the famous Montañita. We were …

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Exploring The Rainforest in Puyo, Ecuador in One Day

In this guide we will share the perfect itinerary to enjoy a full day in Puyo. We drove to Puyo, Ecuador, the start of the Amazon Rainforest, seven hours from Guayaquil. You can also get to Puyo from Baños, which is only an hour away. Our visit to Puyo was just for the weekend, staying two …

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10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Ecuador

Jazmin’s passion is to scuba dive everywhere we travel. We started scuba diving in 2015, when we moved to Ecuador. We took our Padi certification with Tortuga Divers. We have dive in many places in Ecuador including the Galapagos, Cayman Islands, Thailand and Greece. Some of the places mentioned in this list, we have not had the …

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13 Things To Do In Ecuador: Places To Visit and What To Do In Ecuador

In this guide we will share you a list of the best 13 places to visit in Ecuador. After living in Ecuador my entire life and visiting 20 out of 24 provinces, I have selected my favorite cities in the country. Ecuador is a gorgeous country with a lot to offer its visitors. Everywhere you …

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Dolphin Watching in Puerto El Morro (Playas), Ecuador

When traveling in Ecuador, the most surprising thing is the diversity the small country. Just head to the southern coast and you will even get the chance to see dolphins! The El Morro Port is located near Playas (officially known as General Villamil Playas) or a one hour and a half drive from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Here …

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Road Trip of the Spondylus Route in Ecuador

The Ecuadorian Coast has two routes that follows the coastline, so while you drive you can enjoy the beach views the whole time. The two routes join, since the Spondylus Route covers almost all the provinces in Ecuador that are considered part of the coast region, from El Oro to Esmeraldas. The route continues to …

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The Best Things To Do in Quito, Ecuador in Two Days

Quito is the capital of Ecuador, and the largest city. Established during the 16th century on Inca ruins, Quito became the first city in the world to be declared by UNESCO a cultural heritage for the humanity in 1978. The city has more history than buildings. There are more things to do in Quito than …

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Complete Road Trip Guide of Northern Ecuador

I just got back from a road trip of northern Ecuador. Northern Ecuador is full of mountains, forests, rivers and everything green. Two places that were not on our trip route, but still made it into this travel guide are Quito and Cotopaxi. That is because we have already visited both of them on a previous …

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What to do in Quilotoa Lake (Laguna de Quilotoa) in Ecuador

Our trip to Quilotoa was a stop on a longer Northern Ecuador roadtrip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. The town of Quilotoa IS known for the famous Quilotoa lake with clear blue waters. Along the route towards the lake, we spotted a pull off packed with cars, so we decided to stop as well. It turns out …

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Exploring the wonderful town of Otavalo, Ecuador

Our trip to Otavalo was a stop on a longer Northern Ecuador road trip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. Otavalo is located 3 hours from Mindo and 90 minutes north of Quito. One thing we learned is that if your are not starting your northern Ecuador road trip in Quito, that Otavalo is the perfect central …

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Explore Calacalí: The Best Things To Do In Calacalí, Ecuador

Calacalí was the second stop on a longer Northern Ecuador road trip. See our complete Northern Ecuador travel guide. Between Mindo and Otavalo, you must pass just north of Quito along with the small town of Calacalí. In the center of town Calacalí has a smaller version of the Mitad del Mundo, only 10 km down the road. While the …

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The Best Things To Do in Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is known by its inhabitants as a place for extreme sports and for its cloud forest with its rich biodiversity. The extreme sports that are practiced in Mindo are rafting, tubing, trekking, canopy, mountain biking and canyoning. Mindo is located between the Coast and the highlands, but it has an air of the Amazon. …

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The Complete Guide to Visit the Waterfalls in Bucay, Ecuador

The city of Bucay is a relatively young and small city, right on the edge of the Guayas and Bolivar Provinces, just 100km East of Guayaquil. Tourism to the waterfalls of Bucay and and its many rivers has been growing drastically over the last decade, as the city tries to keep up. Driving through Bucay …

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The Best Things To Do in Guayaquil Outside The Historic Centre

We have lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador for ten months now. Jazmin, a native Ecuadorian, has taken us around the city to see everything it has to offer. Or so we thought. We had completed everything on the online tourist guides to Guayaquil. A quick trip to the Ministerio de Turismo left us with an armload of …

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The Best Things To Do In Guayaquil In The Historic Centre (Downtown)

Guayaquil, Ecuador is a bustling city with an endless array of things to do and experience for both tourists and locals alike. If you only have a short time in the city, I would stick to the downtown areas. The city of Guayaquil was founded by Spanish Conquistadors in 1538. The city gained independence from …

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Our First Trip in Ecuador: Parque Nacional Cajas

Hello all, this is my first update from Ecuador! Since arriving in Ecuador almost a month ago, things have been rather busy for me. Lots of things to get done, all while finishing up the last two classes of my college career online. Hence, I have not had the opportunity to travel and explore much …

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