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November 17, 2020
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San Cristobal Island – Galapagos Visitor Guide

October 27, 2020
Hacienda Cusin-A Family Adventure in the Northern Sierra of Ecuador

Hacienda Cusin: Centuries of history at Otavalo, Ecuador

Far away from the comings and goings of high-end hotels and their nods toward accommodating families, Hacienda Cusin, a traditional Spanish hacienda.
October 26, 2020

New Years in Ecuador – How to celebrate with the locals!

Ecuadorians have a thing about New Years-it’s a big deal! Set apart from the celebrations in Times Square.

Galapagos

November 17, 2020
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San Cristobal Island – Galapagos Visitor Guide

October 6, 2020
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Galapagos Shark – Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS SHARK The Galapagos Shark ia one of the largest members of the Requiem Shark family, and often spotted when snorkeling or diving at the Galapagos […]
October 5, 2020
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Nazca Booby – Galapagos Islands

NAZCA BOOBY The Nazca Booby may not have fancy colored feet like other Galapagos booby species, but it is a very attractive bird in its own […]

Ecuador

October 27, 2020
Hacienda Cusin-A Family Adventure in the Northern Sierra of Ecuador

Hacienda Cusin: Centuries of history at Otavalo, Ecuador

Far away from the comings and goings of high-end hotels and their nods toward accommodating families, Hacienda Cusin, a traditional Spanish hacienda.
October 26, 2020

New Years in Ecuador – How to celebrate with the locals!

Ecuadorians have a thing about New Years-it’s a big deal! Set apart from the celebrations in Times Square.
October 22, 2020

How To Plan The Perfect Ecuador Vacation

A custom-made tour to Ecuador through Happy Gringo Travel gives you the flexibility and freedom to explore the country at your own pace.

Amazon

October 21, 2020

Ecuador Amazon River Cruise – A Luxury Rainforest Adventure

An Amazon River Cruise makes exploring the Rainforest in style a reality, where fine dining, first class accommodations, and engaging excursions await intrepid explorers & nature […]
December 9, 2019

Ecuador Rainforest Jaguars Under Threat

Jaguars in Ecuador are in greater number than in almost any other place on earth. The jungle is their home, but as stated in a recent article in the Guardian UK human
July 31, 2019

The Indigenous People of the Ecuadorian Jungle

The history of the indigenous people of the Ecuadorian jungle, like the 32 million acres of rain forest there, is multifaceted. Every group has its own stories to

Cloudforest

February 21, 2020
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Andean bears: My personal quest to find a Spectacled Bear in Ecuador

I have always had a big soft spot for bears. I guess it all started with my Mum’s bedtime stories of Paddington Bear adventures, and Winnie the Pooh mischief
July 24, 2019

Why Go Birding in Ecuador? An Expert’s Perspective

With over 1600 species of birds found in many tropical habitats, Ecuador is considered megadiverse and is relatively compact compared to its massive political neighbors
June 5, 2019

Ecuador Bird Watching-The Christmas Bird Count and Other Adventures

Ecuador bird watching tours aren’t the typical walk in the park or jaunts through the forest armed with binoculars to spot birds in the trees. The four regions

Quito

November 19, 2019

Quito Weather – What to Expect when you visit Ecuador´s Capital City

There is a saying in other parts of the world – ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour,’ that certainly applies to Quito weather
February 23, 2019

5 High-End Restaurants Where You Can Splurge in Quito

The high-end restaurant scene in Quito takes its cue from a mixed bag of countries; each week another concept and cuisine appear. What sets
December 4, 2018

Fiestas de Quito – Celebrating the foundation of Ecuador’s capital

More than 220 activities are planned this year for the Fiestas de Quito, a citywide party that celebrates the founding of the capital, 484 years

Guayaquil

March 30, 2020

What to do in Guayaquil on a Free Day

Over the years Guayaquil, Ecuador, has played host to a myriad of travelers. Ernest Hemingway walked its streets, as did Che Guevara. The Spanish Conquistador Francisco
September 24, 2019

5 Restaurants You Should Try in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is a launching point for those flying to the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador’s largest city can be daunting, it is a busy metropolis where people from across
November 17, 2020
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San Cristobal Island – Galapagos Visitor Guide

October 6, 2020
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Galapagos Shark – Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS SHARK The Galapagos Shark ia one of the largest members of the Requiem Shark family, and often spotted when snorkeling or diving at the Galapagos […]
October 5, 2020
Nazca booby bird sitting on a rock at the galapagos islands

Nazca Booby – Galapagos Islands

NAZCA BOOBY The Nazca Booby may not have fancy colored feet like other Galapagos booby species, but it is a very attractive bird in its own […]
September 29, 2020
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Blue Footed Booby – Galapagos Islands

BLUE FOOTED BOOBY The Blue Footed booby is the undisputed comedian and clown of the Galapagos Islands. These amazing seabirds amuse and entertain visitors with their […]
September 23, 2020
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Sally Lightfoot Crab – Galapagos Islands

SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB The Sally Lightfoot Crab is an unmistakably vibrant Galapagos character. Their striking colors make them extremely photogenic against the black lava rocks they […]
September 21, 2020

Galapagos Whales – A Guide For Galapagos Islands Whale Watching

One of the thrills of taking a Galapagos cruise is found in transit-seeing whales breach the sea in incredible displays of aerobatics.
September 18, 2020
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Galapagos Land Iguana – Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Land Iguana is another of the long list of iconic Galapagos reptile species. Today there are three different land iguana species
September 18, 2020

Galapagos Whale Shark – Galapagos Islands

The Whale Shark is the largest species of shark and fish on the planet, and the Galapagos Islands are a key stopping off point on the migratory path of adult Whale Sharks larger than buses!
September 17, 2020

Galapagos Sharks: A Guide for Scuba Divers & Snorkellers

The Galapagos Marine Reserve forms one point of the Hammerhead Triangle-an area stretching from the Cocos Islands off of Costa Rica to Melpelo Island near Chile.