Ecuador

In Ecuador’s Avenue Of The Volcanoes, Hiking Through A Ring Of Fire

I’m standing on the brink—the very brink—of the volcano’s crater.  Below me, in the carbon-rich lake, dark patches streak the green waters, which glisten with minerals.  A lone sheep grazes nearby, impervious to the keening wind.  Overhead, smokelike clouds, moving in off the late-afternoon peaks. Tranquil it might be, but that crater never lets you […]

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The Best Places To See Penguins In South America

Of the 17 species of penguin that occur worldwide, seven can be seen in South America. Their breeding grounds range from the Galapagos Islands along the equator to the Pacific coasts of Peru and Chile and further on down to the continent’s frigid southernmost tip… Galápagos Islands, Ecuador When people think of wildlife in South […]

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Ecuadorian Food: A Boom Waiting To Happen?

It’s Holy Week in Quito, and that means Alberto Alava is looking serious. The dark, mustachioed chef has his cap tilted back, concentrating intently on his work. That work includes peeling a multitude of different grains (including fava beans and chochos, a thick-skinned legume typical of the Andes), soaking strips of salt cod in milk, […]

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La Ronda: A Stroll Down Quito’s Most Beautiful Street

“Ten years ago nobody dared to buy a house around here. And now look. It’s full of people every night.” Miguel Mafla is gesticulating with his keys as he talks. At 73, the white-haired proprietor of one of Quito’s best-loved restaurants is vigorous and effusive, his conversation becoming especially animated when he talks about La […]

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Textiles And Tradition: Otavalo’s Great Market

A line of weaver women works steadily, tugging with their beaters at multicolored tapestries that slowly blossom from their backstrap looms.  Hatmakers iron the brims of their creations with hot stones, leaving a silky-smooth nap.  In the streets, hawkers cry out alongside rows of umbrella-covered stalls, advertising their wares.  All is a vibrant jumble of […]

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Five Must-Pack Items For A Galapagos Islands Vacation

In a special place within the Pacific Ocean, sea lions dive off black rock promontories.  Giant turtles mate in open waters and mother whales skim the surface with their young calves in tow.  The Galapagos Islands teem with wildlife.  They sing with bird calls and explode with technicolor sunsets.  Many visitors plan and save for […]

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Isabela Island: A Must-Visit On Any Galapagos Islands Vacation

The Galapagos Islands is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations.  With a diversity of plant and wildlife, each island has something unique to offer.  Travelers looking for the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation will find it all in one place on Isabela Island. Covering an area of more than 4,600 square kilometers […]

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Five Of The Most Popular Hikes In Latin America

Latin America is one of the best places to hike, so much so that the problem is picking one out of the many possible treks that are available.  Here are five of the most popular, each in a different country, to help you in your choice.  You can´t go wrong with any one of them but each […]

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Big Savings On LAN Flights To South America

LAN’s BIG DEAL Mid-Year Sale offers big savings on LAN flights to South America.  Fly round-trip to Ecuador for $499, Peru for $599, Chile for $829, and Argentina for $899 when you book by June 18, 2012.  Prices are based on departures from Miami, and for travel between September 1 and November 30, 2012.

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Popular Excursions Near Quito

Welcoming thousands of tourists per day in its modest airport, Quito is Ecuador’s major launch point for tours of the country.  Many visitors headed to the Galapagos Islands will spend at least a night in the city, but Quito’s Old and New Towns are great spots for dining and sightseeing which could keep visitors well […]

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