The Woodcarving Shops of San Antonio de Ibarra

September 13, 2013 Travel to Ecuador No Comments
Photo: Gobierno Central de San Antonio de Ibarra

Photo: Gobierno Central de San Antonio de Ibarra

San Antonio de Ibarra was once a small town like many others. It has an attractive if smallish central park and some interesting colonial architecture, and its people enjoyed a peaceful life and proximity to the pleasant city of Ibarra.

Then some of the people there – led by master woodcarver Luís Potosí – began making and selling small woodcarvings. Before long, these skillful carvings had attracted the attention of the thousands of tourists who travel to the nearby Otavalo market and the town of San Antonio de Ibarra became a destination in itself. … Continue Reading

Termas de Papallacta: Gateway to Bliss

September 6, 2013 Travel to Ecuador No Comments


Nestled between the snow-capped Antisana and Cayambe volcanoes lies Termas de Papallacta, a luxurious spa and resort, and a must-visit on your tour through Ecuador!

Just 40 miles from Quito, the scenic drive to Papallacta, which sits at 10,824 feet above sea level, eventually culminates in the Amazon. Wind through narrow mountain roads and experience breathtaking scenery with views of mountains, glaciers and paramo. Be awed as the ecosystems transform.

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort was established in 1994, and is one of the pillars of Ecuadorian tourism, known for its innovation and environmentally responsible operation. Services range from day-use thermal pools and hot springs, spa treatments, a gourmet restaurant featuring delicious Ecuadorian delicacies, a cafe, lodging and a convention center. … Continue Reading