All you need is Ecuador


Perched directly on the South American equator, Ecuador is best known for its amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities. Most visitors spend their entire holiday touring the Galapagos Islands, never realizing what they are missing in the rest of the country.

Ecuador has three distinct regions: Coastal, Andes and Amazon, each with its own climate and weather. You can visit the Andes to wander down Cuenca’s cobbled colonial streets, sunbathe on a tranquil Pacific beach, stand on the Equator in Quito, encounter indigenous tribes in the Amazon, shop in a rural market at Otavalo, and bathe in volcanic waters in Banos. No wonder it’s such a popular retirement destination.

The Day Ecuador Kicked Us Out Ingapirca, Ecuador Imagine flying home ... and immigration won't let you in. Here is our true story of when Ecuador kicked us out. Read mor...

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AmaZOOnico: Rescuing Amazon Animals in Ecuador AmaZOOnico is a volunteer rescue center that rescues animals from poachers, rehabilitates them and sets them free in Ecu...

amaZOOnico, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador

Where is the Real Equator Line in Ecuador? Ecuador lies on the equator and has the real equator line monuments to prove it ... but there's one thing about Mitad del Mundo that nobody wants to talk about. Ecuador lies on the equator and has the monuments to prove it ... but there's one thing about Mitad del Mundo that nobod...

Mitad del Mundo, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Kichwa Culture: Face Painting in the Amazon Visiting the Kichwa of Ecuador during an Amazon tour includes a chance to photograph tribe members and get your face pai...

Arajuno, Pastaza Province, Ecuador

10 Best Things To Do in Banos, Ecuador Ecuador bound? Here is a list of things to do in Baños, from soaking in its volcanic hot springs, to food, to extreme sp...

Banos, Tungurahua, Ecuador

How to Find and Rent an Apartment in Cuenca Ecuador Balcony Walk in old town Cuenca, Ecuador Do-it-yourself advice on how to find and rent a fully furnished, short- or long-term apartment in beautiful Cuenca, Ecua...

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Feria Libre: Shop a Local Market in Cuenca, Ecuador Visit Feria Libre, Cuenca's largest local market, for the freshest, cheapest food and the best place to experience the l...


Parque Calderon: the Heart of Cuenca Ecuador View of the church's blue domes in Parque Calderon Cuenca Ecuador Cuenca, Ecuador, has charming squares and churches at every turn, so why do people make such a big deal about Parque Cal...

Parque Calderon, Cuenca, Ecuador

Photos from Cuenca Ecuador: 13 Colonial Balconies Balcony Walk in old town Cuenca, Ecuador Amazing architectural details can be found in Cuenca's colonial balconies: such as eye-popping color and intricate wroug...

Banco Pichincha, Cuenca, Ecuador

Our First Furnished Apartment in Cuenca’s El Centro church and cobbled street in El Centro Cuenca Ecuador Find out why we chose to move from Cuenca's modern Gringolandia to an older apartment in its historic El Centro. Read mo...

Octavio Cordero, Cuenca, Ecuador

Kichwa Lessons in How to Use a Blowgun Roger tries his hand at blowing a dart gun Visit a Kichwa community in Ecuador's Amazon basin and learn their ways, like how to create and use a blowgun for huntin...

Arajuno, Pastaza, Ecuador

Review: The Volcano Hotel Banos, Ecuador On the last night of our Amazon tour we stayed at the Volcano Hotel in Banos, Ecuador. Here's how it went. Read more

Hotel Volcano, Rafael Vieira, Banos, Ecuador

Why Is Cuenca, Ecuador a UNESCO Site? blue domes of Cuenca's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Cuenca is Ecuador's most European city, a charming, 500-year-old city sitting high in the Andes that's become popular fo...

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Kichwa Culture: Panning for Gold in the Amazon Kichwa panning for gold To support themselves, Ecuador's Kichwa pan for gold in the Amazon basin. Here's how they do it. Read more

Arajuno Canton, Pastaza, Ecuador

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Cotococha Amazon Lodge - Napo River Lodge, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador

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We Tried Sleeping in the Amazon

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After more than two years in Panama, it was time to move on. Despite the wonderful memories and lifelong friends we’ve made there, there was so much more we want to eat, see, and experience … so on June 1, 2013, we moved our belongings to Ecuador!

Three days after moving into our new apartment, we were on our first trip. Five days and four nights in the Amazon basin. We’d cross the Andes mountains, seeing parts of Ecuador most people never even imagined.

Imagine visiting an Amazon rescue center, taking blow gun lessons from an Amazon tribe, and getting up close and personal with llamas. We did that, and more. (Links at the end.)

Ecuadorian woman with llamas

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Tourism website: Ecuador Travel

Time zone: UTC/GMT -05:00

Currency: USD – American dollar

Official language: Spanish

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 5