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The Saquisili Market


Saquisilí is a medium-sized native town about two and a half hours away from Quito to the south and only a half hour away from the city of Latacunga. Most days, it’s a sleepy little place, with locals – mostly indigenous people – walking slowly through the streets, dogs scurrying about and the occasional truck rumbling through, destination elsewhere. On Thursdays, however, the town becomes a bustling center of activity as the weekly market takes over much of the city center. People come from all around to buy and sell goods, animals, food and more. This market has become popular with foreign visitors, because it is a much more authentic experience than the more famous Otavalo market. … Continue Reading

Train Quito Machachi

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Train Route: Machachi Festivo

The Machachi Festivo train is one of the mew mini-routes offered by Tren Ecuador, Ecuador’s new, revamped rail system. The route runs from Quito to the town of Machachi and back. The trip is 40 kilometers long, and if you do the whole-day trip, it will take you about eight hours. This day trip is a popular one with people from Quito, for the obvious reason that it begins and ends at the city’s renovated Chimbacalle station. … Continue Reading

The Devil’s Nose Train Ride – Luxury Trains Ecuador

Tren Crucero 2013 IMG_nariz del diablo panoramicos 001Ecuador’s train system is quite remarkable. For the workers and engineers to have created a viable passage from Quito to Guayaquil over a century ago with the technology available at the time is nothing less than heroic.

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The track goes over rocky ravines, along raging rivers, through dense cloud forests and around mountains. But by far the most impressive section of the railway is the so-called “Devil’s Nose,” a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes through some of Ecuador’s most breathtaking scenery. … Continue Reading

Wyndham “Gran Condor”

On Tuesday morning of January 7th, 2014, the first founding stone was laid to begin the construction of Quito Airport’s new hotel, the Grand Condor in Tababela, Ecuador.

The prHotel Gran Condoroduction of the new hotel is being planned, developed and managed by Pronobis, a real estate association with plans of investing a total of 17 million dollars to complete the new addition to Quito Airport.

The main goal of the hotel is to provide an area for mainly tourist passengers, airline crew, business executives and people who have long connections or layovers. … Continue Reading

An Experience in the Amazon

La SelvaLa Selva Jungle Lodge has finally become fully operational after completing the finishing touches on everything from the suites to the unique, one and only butterfly spa in the Amazon. Along with their already outstanding level of service and accommodation, it is hard to imagine La Selva becoming any better than it is now!


I was able to visit La Selva Jungle Lodge for the first time as one of their guests for their grand re-opening May 31st to June 3rd, after being closed for the month of May. … Continue Reading

Halloween in Ecuador

October 31, 2013 Travel to Ecuador No Comments

Halloween is, to be sure, the most gringo of holidays. Only if the Fourth of July were somehow transported to South America would a celebration seem more out of place.

But Halloween episodes of popular shows like the Simpsons are as commonplace here as anywhere else and Ecuadorians must likewise cope with the annual onslaught of horror movies that come out around this time. Perhaps for this reason, Ecuador has embraced Halloween. … Continue Reading

La Selva Lodge Ecuador

October 19, 2013 Travel to Ecuador No Comments

P1060843The trip to La Selva Lodge was definitely one of the highlights during my stay in Ecuador.

This lodge in the jungle is a dream, exploring the jungle while you can relax in a stunning area with a comfortable atmosphere.

The journey to the lodge runs smoothly. Each time nice and courteous staff of La Selva Lodge is ready to help at check-in or transfer. The arrival at the lodge put me in awe. It was even more beautiful than the pictures.

We received fresh juice, fruits and delicacies just right after the long journey. The room was truly breathtaking, a large bed, private balcony, and great bathroom. It is the perfect place to feel at one with nature and to unwind. The comfortable chair on the balcony invites you to relax and makes the watching of the environment and the listening of animals an atmospheric experience.

The excursions in small groups showed us the diversity of the jungle. We were always accompanied by two guides who took us to the most beautiful and exciting places in the jungle. You can never be sure how many animals you will see in the jungle, but the guides assured us it will be enough, which was indeed confirmed. They have an extensive knowledge and can give  information to all your questions, they are patient if we did not discover an animal at first glance and they allowed us great views of animals that would have been impossible for people like us to see with the naked eye. Equipped with a large telescope and books about each animal species, we prefered to go out every day. … Continue Reading

Cable Car – Quito – Ecuador

October 8, 2013 Travel to Ecuador No Comments
Quito City Tour

Cable Car Quito – Ecuador


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