Vilcabamba, Ecuador – The most beautiful place on Earth?

Happy New Year from the most beautiful place on earth! Well, one of the top 5 at least. We celebrated the New Year in Vilcabamba, Ecuador at the resort-like hostel Izhcayluma. We found the brochure for Izhcayluma at several other hostels throughout Ecuador and heard amazing things, so we decided we needed to include it in our Ecuador travels. It… Read more →

Biking to the waterfalls of Dos Mangas

When in Montañita, hiking, biking and horse riding tours can be arranged to the “waterfalls” of Dos Mangas.  But, I’m not a fan of being guided when I know we can just rent bikes and head into the jungle on our own. So that’s exactly what we did.  Before you head out on this trek, tour or no tour, figure… Read more →

A Day Trip to Isla de la Plata

Maybe I just wasn’t super excited about a day trip to Isla de la Plata, or maybe I was hung over from the rum I had the day before (I talked the kid down from $6 to $4 at the market). Either way, we were in for 5+ hours of buses and boats to a small little island called Isla… Read more →

Christmas in Cuenca, Beautiful Chaos

When I saw that the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra was performing a free Christmas concert just a few blocks from our hostal, I was so excited. Christmas music! An orchestra! Plus a guest soloist! This will be perfect for our 2015 Christmas! In fact, Wednesday night’s concert was the third concert in so many days. Each were in a different church… Read more →

Montañita, Ecuador – “Maybe today?  Maybe tomorrow.”

Everyday I’m just one piece of clothing away from being naked here and yet I feel over-dressed.   If you come to Montañita with one shirt you’re fine, two shirts acceptable, three shirts – you’re just showing off. Just the thought of having to struggle to slip on my flip flops is often times too much of a chore, so… Read more →

Quilotoa Hiking Loop:  An Ecuador hike not to be missed

3 day hike:  Sigchos – Isinlivi – Chigchulan – Quilotoa Total Distance:  34.5 km – 21.5 miles Total Descent:  1184 m – 3883 ft Total Ascent:  2152 m – 7059 ft Highest Elevation:  3894 m – 12777 ft After one month in Quito, we boarded a bus at Quitumbe Bus Terminal, and bought a $2.30 ticket heading south, where 2.5… Read more →

Climbing Ruku Pichincha

In all fairness to Kate, I really didn’t explain the game plan. As far as she knew, we were simply taking the day off to take the TelefériQo Cruz Loma, the highest aerial lift in the world, have a nice day of looking down on Quito and make a few nice pictures. Once at the top of the teleferico you… Read more →

The Pilgrimage of El Quinche

There is confusion as to whose idea it was. Perhaps mine, very doubtful it was Kate’s…quite probable over a glass of wine, while struggling to put together the current puzzle in the dining room, one of the volunteers brought it up in passing and then I said, “Ya, let’s do that.” The Pilgrimage of El Quinche happens every year, as… Read more →

Happy Thanksgiving!

We recently shared the post below on our Global Squatters Facebook page, but as many of our blog subscribers are not on Facebook, we wanted to share it here as well. We send our love and thanks to all of you, family and friends, at this time of Thanksgiving.  Cory and I help with breakfast everyone morning at 6am. We… Read more →

People are people

My heart is full one moment and it breaks the next. We are back in Quito and have been incredibly blessed with an opportunity to volunteer at the Working Boys’ Center. We have been here for two weeks now, and definitely understand why it is so difficult to leave this place. In fact, our departure date keeps changing. This opportunity… Read more →

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