From Otavalo to San Agustín: Crossing into Colombia

We left Otavalo, Ecuador at 8.30am on Tuesday with a plan which would take us through the edges of the Amazon, along the trampoline of death, and would mean 3 days and 4/5 buses to reach San Agustín, Colombia… we arrived in San Agustín 27 hours later and, (spoiler alert) nothing had gone according to plan. Continue reading From Otavalo to San Agustín: Crossing into Colombia

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Otavalo: Mucho mas than just a market town

Montañita to Otavalo took 20 hours and then we arrived on Sunday… the day after their famous weekly market. I was tired and disappointed to be there a day late, but as it turned out it didn’t even matter. Live latin band in the square, beautiful waterfalls, the world’s best fruit pie and a room with a view of the sunset over volcanoes. We were pleasantly surprised and reluctant to leave! Continue reading Otavalo: Mucho mas than just a market town

Eat Cuenca

Cuenca is a visually beautiful town in southern Ecuador which attracts thousands of European and American tourists, even in low season. It has a lovely climate, brilliantly dramatic skies as well as a host of great restaurants, making it a gastronomers delight. From traditional delights to cheap eats or modern cuisine we enjoyed trying a variety of restaurants here so I thought I’d share our experiences. Continue reading Eat Cuenca

Cuenca: Highlights from the number 1 retirement town for Americans

Cuenca is a beautiful little town in Southern Ecuador to which American retirees are flocking! But why? It has a lovely climate, loads of galleries and museums, great restaurants, a bustling market and best of all its currency is the US dollar but its a quarter of the price! Its also a little sleepy, but we really enjoyed pottering around here for 4 days. Continue reading Cuenca: Highlights from the number 1 retirement town for Americans

Quito to Quilotoa: 3 days hiking the loop

Three days hiking between small Ecuadorian villages, along tranquil rivers, up relentless hills and finally finishing the adventure at mesmerisingly blue crater lake. The Quilotoa loop is a popular activity on most travellers tours of Ecuador, and for great reason! It’s a three day hike but you finish each day at a great hostel with a rate that includes a 3 course dinner! We walked from Sigchos to Insliví to Chugchilian and finally arrived at Lake Quilotoa on the 3rd day, this is how we got on. Continue reading Quito to Quilotoa: 3 days hiking the loop

Two days in Quito: Where a history of human suffering has built the loveliest churches!

Quito is a cheerful combination of ramshackle and elegant, traditional and new, and the streets of the old town feature a sumptuous display of colourful colonial buildings and elaborate churches. It would be easy to spend weeks here sucking up culture and the arts, but we only had a couple of days. Here are my 6 main highlights… Continue reading Two days in Quito: Where a history of human suffering has built the loveliest churches!

REVIEW: Cloud Forest Chugchilán

After a second full day of hiking this is exactly the kind of place you want to come home to! Lovely owners, hot showers and hotter meals. Perfect for a weary wanderer to rest their bones. Hospitality: 10/10 We were welcomed in off the street and shown to our respective rooms with no booking necessary. The food was lovely and during dinner the owner came over … Continue reading REVIEW: Cloud Forest Chugchilán