Long before the Inca and then the Spanish conquered northern Ecuador in the 1400s and 1500s, the indigenous people of the Otavalo region were renowned as weavers and long-distance merchants. Otavalenos traveled far and wide selling textiles and other items made in their fertile land of lakes, green fields, and volcanos. Today, that’s still true. … Read more
Cuenca, in the highlands of south-central Ecuador, is the country’s third-largest city, with about 400,000 residents. It has a reputation for being a charming colonial-era city,
Ecuador is a land of volcanoes. When we left Quito, we headed for the country’s most famous volcano: a perfect cone-shaped, snow-capped peak called Cotopaxi. Our base near
A quick flight from Bogota to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and we were well and truly in the Southern Hemisphere. Quito is a big city (population 2.6 million), sprawling from north to south
Our final post about Colombia focuses on one of our favorite parts of travel: food. In that sphere, Colombia was both a hit and a miss.
It’s impossible to get a complete sense of a country in a month. But here are some impressions we formed while traveling in Colombia, in the upper northwest corner of South America: