Category Archives: Ecuador

A splendid trip – and with friends, too!

It’s wonderful to travel to far-off places, but even better when friends join us. Jo and Louise had only met once before, but we four shared many interests that made the trip a delight. We think our good friends, Jo … Continue reading

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Old Faces of Ecuador

Our last day in Quito came too soon. We still had many places on our “to-do” list but only had time for one more. Narrowing the choice down was easy: a visit to Casa del Alabado. The Casa del Alabado … Continue reading

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Photography of roadside flora in the Andes

“What a gorgeous sighting!” we thought as we clicked on our cameras. No, it wasn’t always birds we were excited to see on our weeklong bird-watching trip. Our guide, Marcelo Quipo, led us in search of birds, and we did … Continue reading

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What we saw when we didn’t see birds

When we go on a bird walk, birds don’t always appear frequently. We find ourselves walking through the woods, our guide walking ahead looking and listening. Sometimes our attention drifts to other creature spottings – and then, the birds might … Continue reading

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Arranging our own trip to see birds in Ecuador

If you enjoy seeing birds then Ecuador is a very good place to go. It’s a relatively small country (the size of the state of Colorado) and has 1,663 bird species (compared to 990 in the United States). Per square … Continue reading

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If you go to Otavalo…

Many visitors to Ecuador make the trip up to the market town of Otavalo as a day trip. Otavalo is home to the famous, and largest, indigenous market in South America. We were told that many tourists opt to take … Continue reading

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A Sunday stroll from Agato to Otavalo

We took a taxi from our hotel in Otavalo up into the mountains to the little hamlet of Agato with our friends, Jo and Louise. We had the most delightful visit with Miguel Andrango, one of the best weavers in … Continue reading

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