Category: Ecuador

99 Luftballons

South America has had and continues to have a legacy of presidents who are in it for themselves. Hugo Chavez died with a net worth of $1 billion while the people of Venezuela starved. Just last week two nephews of Hugo’s successor, President Maduro, were arrested in Haiti trying to smuggle one ton of cocaine into the US using diplomatic… Read more →

A week in Mindo, Ecuador

Imagine a place where the electricity turns off randomly from 11 am – 2 pm, the rivers flow of chocolate, hummingbirds bring you honey, and unicorns run wild and free upon rainbows that pave the roads. O.k., it’s not that grand, but it has been a nice get-away from our get-away; and you can still find ice-cold beer from 11… Read more →

Hiking the Lloa to Mindo Trail in Ecuador

The plan was to take 2-3 days and hike the Lloa to Mindo trail, I had read about the hike but there was very little in the way of detail on what to expect. I’ve had plenty of experience doing 2-3 day hikes and so I made some assumptions. The biggest one being that this was just a hike. For the… Read more →

Saturday in Old Town Quito

With a plan to do much multi-day treks in South America, we decided to find fuel (white gas) for our camping stove – I had emptied the fuel we had left for the flight to Ecuador.   Monday we leave for our first 2-3 day hike and we spent many hours going from one camping store to the next –… Read more →

It’s a small world after all

Riding in the taxi Friday morning I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be. The night before was a bit of a different story. Granted, we didn’t arrive at our hostel until close to Midnight, or was it 1am?, after 48 hours of sleepless travel. And in the dark, after a somewhat unsettling cab ride, the place… Read more →

Arriving in Quito

The last 48 hours have been exhausting and exhilarating – and proof that things happen for a reason, but more on that later. Let’s back up a bit. Being the budget-minded travelers we are, we purchased our flight to Quito with points. This necessarily meant that the flights were the worst of the worst. Our first leg departed Phoenix at… Read more →

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