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

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

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

Hosteling for the first time ever – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Pim's Parque Itchimbia Quito

I’ll always remember my last few days in Quito (this time round) for my first hostel experiences and bed bug scares. Who would’ve thought that this milestone would be marred by (apparent) bed bugs in a Quito hostel? But here’s what happened prior to that: after an exciting (and tiring) Continue Reading

The Sharks of Fiji: A Quick Guide for Divers

During my recent trip to Fiji, we went on shark dives with 3 dive centres, and saw a great variety of the sharks of Fiji. Apart from the more common whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, we also saw sicklefin lemon sharks, tawny nurse sharks, bull sharks, and more! This is Continue Reading