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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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Photos: Amazon

Thu, 30 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Photo Gallery

Kichwa village visit
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The Ecuadorian amazon

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Views [77]

This morning we are prepping for a visit to the kichiwan villages where we will be welcomed with ceremonial tea and the chikdren of the community. We woke this morning to the sound of a variety of birds singing and calling none of which with i am familiar.... Read more >

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Galapagos and the saddleback tortoises

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Views [98]

Galapagos, what an amazingly diverse and gorgeous place! We chose to explore the islands via live aboard on a small brigantine sailboat called the Beagle. The ship holds 14 maximum guests plus 6 staff and one naturalist. For us we ended up being the ... Read more >

Machachi Sunday market

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Views [116] | Comments [1]

We left the Hacienda La Alegria early today so we could attend the weekly Sunday market in Machachi. It was a great place to see how people in this area and in the surrounding mountains live. There were so many people walking around in town, stores were ... Read more >

Photos: Cotapaxti volcano and Machachi Sunday Market

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Photo Gallery

Ecuador, Cotapaxti, volcano, biking, market, Ecuadorian culture
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Quito to Machachi Ecuador

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Views [91]

Why Machachi? Our group of nine includes individuals with many interests, many of which we felt could best be satisfied by journeying to the area of Machachi. This small town is close to the Hacienda La Alegria both of which are nestled at the base of ... Read more >

Photos: Quito

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Photo Gallery

Culture, traditional Ecuadorian, horses
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Photos: Hacienda La Alegria

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Photo Gallery

Horseback riding, hiking, local culture
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First stop Quito

Sun, 5 Jan 2020 | By teresa421 | Views [185] | Comments [5]

Quito, a 6 hour flight from home, elevation 9300. Center of Ecuador. We are a group of long time friends who have had many adventures just not together. We share alot, but most importantly we share a desire to explore. Explore a new place, a different ... Read more >

A Snake In The Grass

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [83]

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 [119]

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 [83]

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 [80]

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 [72]

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 [85]

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 >

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