Ecuador

The interior of the Chiruch of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries in the world. The country spans the volcanoes and the high, snowy peaks in the Andes Mountains to the hot, equatorial Galapagos Islands. The country is an ecotourism paradise, and wildlife viewing and bird watching are popular activities. The country has a long and rich history that makes it a very interesting place to visit.

Obviously, Ecuador is best known for the Galapagos Islands, a string of islands made famous by Charles Darwin for their unique wildlife. The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on a small-boat cruise where you can see the animals above and below the water’s surface. But back on the mainland, there are lots of interesting experiences: from horseback riding among the volcanoes of the Andes Mountains to the churches and culture of Quito. But one of the best things about the country is the Ecuadorean food! It’s a country that creeps in your heart and soul. Here are some of our best Ecuador articles.

Fur seal sleeping on rocks in the Galapagos Islands

Postcards from the Galapagos Islands

The variety of things to experience, animals to mesmerize us, and new landscapes to explore made us drink in every moment of our week visiting the Galapagos Islands, and these photos will show you why.

The Beagle, a Galapagos cruise boat

How to Select a Galapagos Cruise Boat

The Galapagos Islands are the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. Most travelers to the islands will opt for a cruise to see many of the more remote areas. However, not all Galapagos cruise tours are the same and which boat you select will have a significant impact on your experience. Here’s how to pick the right Galapagos cruise boat for you.

A Frigatebird in the Galapagos Islands

The 28 Most Unique Galapagos Animals

For many travelers, visiting the Galapagos Islands is a dream come true. While islands themselves are individually beautiful, it is really the animals of the Galapagos that steal the show.

Fruit stand in Ecuador's Otavalo market

Seeing The Colorful Otavalo Market

Yellow, green, red, orange, blue, pink, purple. As I walked around Ecuador’s Saturday Otavalo market, my eyes were assaulted by a rainbow of colors. Everywhere I looked, tables were piled high with goods in every color imaginable. I realized that the Otavalo market is the most colorful place on earth.

What to pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos

What to Pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Plus Key Tips!)

For many travelers, Ecuador and the Galapagos is a trip of a lifetime! But it also poses a lot of challenges when trying to figure out what to pack. In many ways, visiting Ecuador is not one climate, it is three very different ones. Regardless of how you get there, one of your biggest decisions will be what to pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Fence boundary of Hacienda El Porvenir in the Avenue of the Volcanoes and Pasochoa

Cool Ridings in the Avenue of the Volcanoes

I don’t know what I was expecting from the Avenue of the Volcanoes high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador other than a view of the legendary Cotopaxi, but this was better than I ever imagined. Looking back, the Avenue of the Volcanoes gave us some of our best memories of Ecuador.

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island in the Galapagos

Choosing the Best Galapagos Itinerary

For many travelers, including us, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, naturalists have been observing curious animals for nearly two centuries. It was here that Charles Darwin proved evolution. And it is here that visitors travel to experience one of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations. Yet every visitor to these enchanted islands faces the challenge of picking the perfect Galapagos itinerary.

Street art in Ecuador mural of boy

Ecuador Graffiti: Street Art Expressions

Stepping off the plane in Quito, Ecuador, the first thing you notice are the colors. The entire country is bathed in bright reds, lush greens, deep blues, sunny yellows and everything in between. Some of that is because this is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. But much of it is also due to the Ecuador graffiti scene – a robust sub-culture that takes street art who whole new levels.