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The smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands, Ecuador has an array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well-preserved colonial architecture, otherworldly volcanic landscapes, dense rainforest and sublime islands - all in a nation no bigger than the US state of Nevada. Once a banana republic, Ecuador's politicians still pocket the wealth accumulated from its treasures: a picture-perfect capital, the all-consuming Amazonian jungle, breathtaking wildlife reserves, ancient sites, remote indigenous villages, and, of course, world-famous tropical beaches.

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Violet-tailed sylph: by vagabonds3, Views[26]
 
Violet-tailed sylph: by vagabonds3, Views[25]
 
Brown Inca: by vagabonds3, Views[25]
 
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A Snake In The Grass

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [36]

CONNIE AND I PLAYED HOOKEY TODAY.  We slept in and spent the moring at the Ramada Hotel in Guayaquil while Dusan and the rest of the group traveled more than 100 miles away looking for shorebirds and estuarine species.  I, for one, have had ... Read more >

Umbrellabird Lodge

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [38]

IT RAINED FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, STOPPING JUST in time for yesterday’s 5AM breakfast.  We needed an early start for the six hour drive to Buenaventura with birding stops in Zapotillo and Almora.       Crimson-breasted ... Read more >

Urraca Lodge and Bosque de Hanne

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [41]

IF CASA SIMPSON IS A SKI CHALET, URRACA LODGE IS summer camp.  The simple, yet comfortable cabins are spaced along a forest trail — ours is 150 meters from the open-air dining area.  This habitat is called “tumbes,” a new ... Read more >

Casa Simpson and the Jocotoco Antpitta

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [37]

THE FIRST OF THE JOCOTOCO LODGES, CASA SIMPSON is back up at 8000 feet in the Andean foothills Reserva Tapichalaca.  It is a simple and cozy chalet with both wi-fi and a much needed laundry service.  It owes its existence to the Jocotoco Antpitta ... Read more >

Podocarpus National Park

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [35]

THE JOCOTOCO RUN LODGE AT COPALINGA is a gem.  Secluded on a forested hillside, you can easily forget you are only minutes from town.  The cabins are clean, well-lighted and have plenty of hot water.  Maria and her staff make wonderful ... Read more >

Bird Talk

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [39]

BIRDERS HAVE THEIR OWN LINGO.  THEY toss around words like gorgets, lores and superciliaries like salt on french fries.  Today’s word was mega or mega bird — one you never expected to see.  AKA a “Super Lifer.”... Read more >

The Rarest Bird

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [36]

THE BLUE-THROATED HILLSTAR MAY BE THE RAREST BIRD on the planet.  It is certainly the rarest hummingbird with only an estimated 200 individuals.  It lives at 12,000 feet elevation and feeds exclusively on the chuguirrigua plant which is being ... Read more >

Saraguro and Reserva Yunguilla

Sun, 10 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [27]

IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT A SMALL, NON-DESCRIPT BIRD could cause a conservation movement.  But that’s just what the Pale-headed Brush Finch has done.  Once believed extinct due to habitat destruction and predation by shiny cowbirds, ... Read more >

Cajas National Park

Sat, 9 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [29]

WE MET UP WITH OUR FELLOW TRAVELERS AT DINNER last night.  Kathy is a California native, Stan is from Long Island with an accent to prove it and Laurie — ♂️ — hails from Australia, mate.  Dusan — the ‘h’ is ... Read more >

Guayaquil

Fri, 8 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [64]

GUAYAQUIL, ON THE WEST COAST OF ECUADOR, lies on the Pacific Ocean.  Fort Lauderdale is on Florida’s Atlantic coast.  So in what direction should JetBlue fly from Fort Lauderdale to Guayaquil?  Wrong!  Actually, Guayaquil is ... Read more >

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Fri, 8 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery

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The adventures are over...for now!!!

Tue, 8 May 2018 | By deanneandwilbur | Views [279]

I am a mess!!!  Having to cut my trip short and missing out on Colombia is very hard for me.  I have such mixed emotions about returning home to Canada, sad, angry and a little bit happy for a hot bath!!  I am not very good at having an ... Read more >

Figuring things out!

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 | By deanneandwilbur | Views [271]

So I have been in Quito for one week now and I still haven’t been able to get my shit together!  All I want to do is sleep, and sleep more, I don’t know what the hell is wrong with The city is great, although the area I am living in ... Read more >

Ecuador

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 | By emily_witenden | Views [207]

We arrived in Cuenca quite early and got to the hostel but as we hadn't made a reservation (Jana's idea) they weren't sure if there was room. So we hung about, had a shower and went on a walking tour. Which was pretty chilled/not too info heavy which ... Read more >

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