Category Archives: Ecuador

Livable Cuenca

Livable Cuenca

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, built on the site of an Inca settlement—and before that a town of the indigenous Canari people—in a broad mountain valley where four small rivers come together. Cuenca isn’t… Read More

Chilling at Cotopaxi

Chilling at Cotopaxi

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 Cotopaxi was the wonderful Secret Garden hostel, a friendly, laid-back place full of international travelers. There, you can get room, board, and a volcano view for every… Read More

South of the Border, Down Ecuador Way

South of the Border, Down Ecuador Way

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 along a wide valley. It’s also a high city, at an altitude of 2,850 m (9,350 feet). We stayed in a… Read More