Kushiwaira: Living Cañari Culture in Cuenca, Ecuador

Our Cañari guide leaned forward and spoke earnestly. “Did you know,” he asked, “that what we know as Carnaval today was originally an indigenous festival to give thanks to Pachamama [Mother Earth]? The Spanish imported their traditions to make us forget our own.” Here at Kushiwaira, at least, Cañari culture is still very much Continue Reading

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10 Things You Should Know Before Visiting the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest features on many people’s bucket lists – and with good reason. If it isn’t on yours, check out these 5 reasons to visit the Ecuadorean Amazon – maybe it’ll change your mind! But before you start rushing headlong over there, here are 10 things you should know Continue Reading

Guamote, Ecuador: Why It Should Be on the Responsible Traveller’s Radar

Located in the central highlands of Ecuador, the remote village of Guamote has plenty going for it from a traveller’s perspective. It’s perhaps most famous for its non-touristy indigenous market on Thursdays. And at 3,050m (10,000ft) above sea level, you can enjoy the stunning Andean landscape. It’s also located in Continue Reading

Salinas de Guaranda: The Little Village that Could

The next time you’re in Ecuador, check out the cheese in the supermarkets. You’re likely to come across the Salinerito brand – locally-sourced and produced right here in Ecuador, in the remote Andean village of Salinas de Guaranda. A brief history Salinas de Guaranda stands at an altitude of 3,550m (11,600ft) Continue Reading

Which Amazon Jungle Lodge is for You? A Comparison of Ecuador’s Nicky Lodge, Liana Lodge and Napo Wildlife Center

Thinking about visiting the Ecuadorean Amazon but feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of choices out there? How on earth, you may be thinking, are you supposed to know which is the best Amazon jungle lodge in Ecuador for you?? Well, good news – I’ve teamed up with a fellow travel Continue Reading

Liana Lodge and Amazoonico, Ecuador: Relaxing and Helping Rescued Wildlife in the Amazon

Liana Lodge, Amazon, Ecuador

There are plenty of good reasons to visit Liana Lodge in the Ecuadorean Amazon. For one, it’s a great example of responsible and sustainable tourism, as it’s run by a Swiss foundation whose objectives include preserving and protecting the rainforest, and implementing sustainable rainforest management in the local Ahuano community. Continue Reading

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Quilotoa Loop

The Quilotoa Loop: an epic, multi-day trek deep in back-road country. Here, you’ll find breath-taking landscapes where the full beauty of mother nature is revealed. Small villages where life goes on as it has for hundreds of years. And a volcanic crater lake which locals swear has no bottom: the Continue Reading

Hiking the Quilotoa Loop: The Secret to Getting from Chugchilán to Quilotoa Faster Without Killing Yourself

Let’s be clear: the Chugchilán to Quilotoa leg of the Quilotoa Loop is by far most difficult. And the previous legs (Sigchos to Isinlivi and Isinlivi to Chugchilán) are already full-day hikes themselves. So, what can you expect? You’ll cover at least 13km (8 miles) It will take you at least Continue Reading