Ecuador

Deeper into Ecuador’s Andean Highlands; Chimborazo and the Quilotoa Loop

Whilst staying in Guaranda we decided to do a day trip to Mount Chimborazo, only some 50 kilometres away. Whilst it had been thought to be extinct, new studies show that it is actually active, having erupted at least seven times during the last 10 000 years; nothing on record however. The mountain was once considered …

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Exploring Ecuador’s central highlands; Baños, Alausi, Guaranda, Salinas de Guaranda

Wondering at the gateway to the Amazon Soon enough we were off to Baños de Agua Santa, or Baños, as it’s more commonly known. The area around the small town has to be the jewel in Ecuador’s jewel-encrusted crown! This tourist-happy town is the gateway to the Amazon. The town itself isn’t a bomb of …

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Jungle time … from Macas to Yasuni National Park, the most biologically diverse spot on Earth!

We’d been to or through Macas a couple of times over the years, and this time we would pass through on our way to a  remote part of Ecuador’s Amazon basin, to see Alex’s Uncle Jorge. It’s also known as the “Emerald of the East”, due to its location just east of the Andes mountains. …

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