Ecuador Travel Blog

The Road to Chimborazo – Last Stop

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I decided that we wanted to attempt climbing Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo. With an altitude of 6300 meters above sea level this mountain is an actual giant. Therefore, it was clear from the beginning that prior preparation is needed. For that reason we planned to climb at […]

The Road to Chimborazo – Third Stop Iliniza Norte

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I decided that we wanted to attempt climbing Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo. With an altitude of 6300 meters above sea level this mountain is an actual giant. Therefore, it was clear from the beginning that prior preparation is needed. For that reason we planned to climb at […]

The Road to Chimborazo – Second Stop Imbabura

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I decided that we wanted to attempt climbing Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo. With an altitude of 6300 meters above sea level this mountain is an actual giant. Therefore, it was clear from the beginning that prior preparation is needed. For that reason we planned to climb at […]

The Road to Chimborazo – First Stop Rumiñahui

A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I decided that we wanted to attempt climbing Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo. With an altitude of 6268 meters above sea level this mountain is an actual giant. Therefore, it was clear from the beginning that prior preparation is needed. For that reason we planned to climb at […]

Daytrip to Guamote

Last week, we got an invitation from the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse to visit their hotel in Guatome. Guamote is a little mountain village in central Ecuador, about an hour south of Riobamba. The majority of the village is indigenous and Kichwa is still one of the main languages spoken by its inhabitants. We met […]

Coffee in Ecuador

If you’ve visited Ecuador, you might have been served the type of instant coffee that is popular among Ecuadorians; Nescafe. I’ve been a proud drinker of good coffees since I was sixteen, so I almost spit out the first coffee I bought at a farmer’s market in a barrio of Tabacundo. After that I just […]

Holiday Gift Guide: All You Need is Ecuador!

Christmas and Hanukkah are around the corner, and you’ve probably been too busy traveling to think about what presents to get your like-minded traveling family and friends. Or maybe you just miss Ecuador so much that you want a perfectly curated list to send to your family as a not-so-subtle holiday gift pointer. Either way, […]

Journey to Peguche Waterfall

A few weeks ago, I made the journey to the most famous waterfall in northern Ecuador, Peguche Waterfall (or Cascadas de Peguche). It is located only 15 minutes from the beautiful market town of Otavalo, and easily accessible by bus or taxi. I decided to take a bus, so I walked from my hostel to […]

Chicha: Ecuador’s Ancient Beer

Chicha is a drink native to Latin America that first appeared during the aboriginal/pre-Colombian period, around 5000 BCE. It is essentially a corn-based beer, although corn can be substituted for quinoa depending on the region in Ecuador. The Incas discovered that saliva could be used to trigger the fermentation process in corn and other grains […]

Traditional Ecuadorian Drinks and Desserts

Ecuador is becoming a popular foodie destination because of its delicious cuisine, but sometimes less attention paid to its traditional drinks. Energy-packed days of adventure will make you want to sit back, relax, and taste some of the traditional Ecuadorian drinks and desserts, which are just as varied and distinctive as the meals. Here’s a […]

The First Call for Independence

On August 10, 1809 Quito was the place of the first revolt against Spain in Latin America. A group of criollos (people of Spanish descent but born in the South American colonies) declared their independence from the Spanish. They formed an independent government junta and signed a document which confirmed the rebellion. To understand what […]

Ecuadorian Dances

Ever since I was little, I have always loved to dance. When I was a teenager I danced especially Standard, Hip Hop and Jazz. When I finally knew that I will go to Ecuador, I was willing to learn the Ecuadorian dances and traditional music. The dances range from dances with West-African and European roots […]

Yasuni: Paradise in Danger

The Yasuni is part of Ecuador’s Amazon region and is among the most biodiverse areas of the world. Because of the unique environment the Yasuni is world famous. Even the UNESCO recognized the Amazon area for its ecological and also cultural importance. The national park covers an area of 9,820 square kilometers and is located […]

The Galapagos Albatross

The waved albatross, also known as the Galapagos albatross, is the only member if the Diomedeidae which is located in the tropical regions. Description These albatrosses are medium sized, measuring 80 to 90 centimeters in length and a possible wingspan of 220 to 250 centimeters. In terms of weight they range between 2.7 and 4.0 […]

Tránsito Amaguaña – A Fighter for Indigenous Rights

Tránsito Amaguaña was one of Ecuador’s most important indigenous leaders, who is until today remembered and honored. She was born on September 10, 1909 close to Cayambe. Her parents lived and worked on a hacienda. They worked for the owners and were additionally assigned a small piece of land to use for their own use, […]

Calderas in Ecuador

Volcanoes can be threatening. But volcanoes can also be amazing, beautiful, unique, and impressive. Ecuador has one of the highest densities of volcanoes of all countries in the world. Especially the so-called Avenue of the Volcanoes in the Andes of Ecuador is peppered with several volcanoes. Most of them are not active anymore, but some […]

Our favorite museums in Ecuador

You can find many different museums in Ecuador. From tiny community-run exhibitions to pompous art museums of the so-called Quito school, there is a museum for every taste. The staff of SOLEQ.travel ranked their favorite museums in Ecuador. Unfortunately the National Museum with the famous Gold Room is currently closed for renovation, which is why […]

Andean Music

Music is the art of mixing sounds, and expressing feelings and emotions. It is proven that people have created music from the beginning of time. The history of music begins with the Egyptian Culture. They used instruments that were very difficult to use and to build, such as the harp. Because of its soft and […]

Quito’s Amazonas Avenue

History of the Amazonas Avenue Before the 19th century, what today is  the Amazonas Avenue were ample green areas that were used to cultivate Andean crops. With the population and businesses growing, wealthy families started moving to the areas north of the city center and the sector of the Amazonas Avenue was developed for housing. […]

Ecuador and the Galapagos with Kids?

A tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos with kids is quite a big thing when you come from Germany, considering that the international flight takes about 15 hours. As our kids, 4 years and 10 months old, are quite easy, we thought we might try it and we were definitely not disappointed! We visited Quito, […]

The Gold Hill of Zaruma

The beginning of the exploitation of gold in the province of El Oro goes back to pre-colonial times. In Zaruma, located in the province’s highlands in Ecuador’s coastal region, the discovery of gold veins brought about a promising economic activity. During colonial times, the indigenous people formed the labor force. The work was very hard […]

Volcanoes in Ecuador

Being among the summits of the volcanoes in Ecuador is no doubt an unforgettable experience. Perhaps you don’t know that each mountain is hiding curious legends, and that those have been told by grandparents from generation to generation. We believe that the mountains are not simple land formations, but more than that. According to the […]

10 Hidden Ecuador Tourist Attractions

Many people who visit our country get to see the typical Ecuador tourist attractions: Quito, the Cotopaxi Volcano, the market in Otavalo, and of course the Galapagos Islands. Of course they are all amazing, but we want to share with you some places that are not very well-known. Check out our team’s top ten list of […]

Earthquake in Ecuador

After the 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador we want to inform you that our travelers and staff are safe. Our clients’ safety is always our primary concern and we are glad that none were affected. The earthquake was the strongest one in about 40 years. It is a tragedy for our country, but it has not […]

A visit to our social project

As is a SOLEQ.travel tradition, I was able to visit our social project – the Refugio de los Sueños – last week with some of my colleagues. This way I was able to see where the money goes that we donate to the foundation – every one of our clients automatically contributes $10. Recently we […]

The Andean Condor

The Lion is the king of the animals. The ruler of the land, without any natural enemies. But there is also a lion of the air: the condor. Unchallenged and undisputed. The Andean Condor has also no natural enemy, there is no other species flying around that could challenge the condor in its habits and […]

La Fanesca – A Traditional Ecuadorian Dish

The traditional dish “Fanesca” is usually prepared to be eaten and enjoyed during Lent. The most typical day to eat this dish on is Good Friday. There are many different narrations about the origin of this dish. One of these narrations says that in the colonial era the Spanish brought a French chef to Ecuador […]

Hiking in the Andes of Ecuador

Thinking about Ecuador the first thing that comes to your mind might be the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon. But at the same time it is also a perfect destination for hikers. In the Andes of Ecuador you find numerous mountains and volcanoes you can climb, suitable not only for professionals but also for beginners […]

Fruits of Ecuador

When I first arrived to Ecuador, one of the first things I did was head to the supermarket to buy all the fruits of Ecuador I had never seen before. I should have gone to the local market where the fruit is much better (and cheaper), and maybe I should have read a little about […]

SOLEQ.travel’s trip to Riobamba

The team of SOLEQ.travel took a weekend to the Riobamba area to share a lot of new experiences together. We took the opportunity to look for new tourist attractions that so far we had not visited in order to determine whether they will become a part of our tour itineraries in Ecuador. We also had […]

Jewish Exile in Ecuador

The well-known destinations for German Jewish refugees during the Holocaust were the United States, England, Switzerland, or other neighboring countries that seemed safe before the war began. However, it was actually difficult to get a visa for the US, and with the beginning of the war it became even harder and Europe was no longer […]

Horseback Riding for Beginners in Ecuador

A great way to explore Ecuador’s stunning nature is on the back of a horse. There might just be a small problem: some people (like me for example) are not experienced riders. We may have some difficulties to completely trust an animal twice as huge as themselves. But no worries, I survived and so will […]

Honeymoon in Ecuador

Would your perfect honeymoon be in an all-inclusive beach resort, where you do nothing but lie besides the pool the whole day? Then Ecuador is definitely not the destination for you. But if you’re looking for that wonderful combination of romantic hotels, breathtaking landscapes, adventurous activities and marvelous encounters, then a honeymoon in Ecuador would […]

A Journey to the South of Ecuador

Working and living in the northern part of Ecuador we are sometimes not that aware of what the southern part of the country has to offer. So I started exploring. A long weekend is a good starting point to head south, for example to Cuenca. It is Ecuador’s third largest city and the historic center […]

Colombia – A Country between Two Oceans

Being in Ecuador I have always been curious to get to know our neighboring country Colombia. The majority of people who visited loved it there, so we decided to go. Our first stop was Cali – also known as The Capital of Salsa. Arriving there we were surprised by the hot weather. We definitely had […]

A Mind(o)blowing Experience

You are addicted to speed, heights and nature? You love the feeling of wind blowing in your face, of rushing down a rapid stream, of being surrounded by lush green hills? Then your next travel destination should definitely be Mindo! This small, charming town in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Andes is located about […]

Sports in Ecuador

Concerning sports, there is a lot to say about Quito and whole Ecuador. Haske tells us about his experiences in Quito. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved watching and participating in sports. Several times per week I used to play soccer with my friends and basically whoever was feeling like joining. […]

Otavalo – Far More Than Just a Market

Spices, food, jewelry, leather bags, belts, scarfs, and other clothes in every imaginable color – you can find all of this at the huge indigenous market in Otavalo. It is a daily market held on Poncho Square, but on Saturdays it also expands to the small streets around the main square and covers a big […]

Holidays: Christmas and New Year’s in Quito

Christmas in Quito After a hopefully successful year for all of you, it is time to find a relaxing end of 2015. Here in Quito we have our own traditions concerning holidays. The “Quiteños” – citizens of Quito – already at the beginning of December take time for their families, ceremonies and traditions. At this […]

The Cacao Boom in Ecuador

Cacao had been known and used by the indigenous cultures of South and Central America for centuries. In 1502, Columbus saw his first cacao beans. Thinking they were almonds he was not really interested in them. It took almost 50 more years, before the first cacao beans reached Europe and were presented to the King of […]

Good, better, Galapagos Islands

Have you ever seen tortoises as big as you? Have you ever swum with sharks? Have you ever sat on the beach next to sleeping sea lions? Galapagos makes it possible! The Galapagos Islands emerged around four million years ago as a result of volcanic eruptions. They are located about 620 miles (1,000 km) west […]

Festivities of Quito

The festivities of San Francisco de Quito are celebrated to remember the foundation of the city. It was on December 6 in the year 1534 that Quito was founded by Sebastian de Benalcazar, in the same place where it is today. In August of the same year, a city was already founded near Colta Lagoon […]

Horseback Riding in Pululahua

This weekend I decided to do a horseback riding tour with my friends. About one and a half hours away from Quito, in the middle of the Pululahua Volcano’s crater, a wonderful horse ranch is located. It offers fabulous horseback riding tours  from one to eight days. At nine o’clock in the morning we met with […]

The Peaceful Amazon Rainforest- Cuyabeno Lodge

Welcome to the Amazon Rainforest! Imagine yourself sitting in a canoe, surrounded by sounds of monkeys, insects and birds, feeling the warm sun´s rays on your skin and watching the beautiful untouched nature.  You are on the way to Cuyabeno Lodge which is located in the Cuyabeno National park, in Northeastern Ecuador. The Amazon rainforest […]

The Day of the Dead in Ecuador – Traditions

For the Ecuadorians, each year November 2 is the day to commemorate in different ways the Day of the Dead. The “Día de los Muertos” which was celebrated in Ecuador last week is an old tradition since pre-Inca times. In pre-Inca times the burying of the dead was an important ritual that followed the indigenous […]

The Quilotoa Loop, a hike around the Crater Lake

Today we show you one of many impressive destinations for a nice hike in the Ecuadorian Andes. If you are looking for a perfect day trip from Quito, we recommend going to Quilotoa, where you can hike the Quilotoa loop or just hike around the crater lake. From the lookout on the crater rim you have […]

Baños – A Place full of Adventures

Last weekend my friends and I went to Baños, a little town in the Ecuadorian Andes about three and a half hours south of Quito. It is famous for its hot springs, the active volcano Tungurahua and the several adventure activities you can do there. Arriving there we were surprised about the good weather – […]

The Kichwa Language

Today, as many people celebrate the “Indigenous Peoples Day” we want to give you an insight a language spoken in the Amazon of Ecuador: The language of the Kichwa. The indigenous people of this culture, who originally are from the highlands, have lived for centuries in the Amazon. They mostly live at the Napo River. […]

Northern Ecuador and a Magical Forest

Getting to know something new in the beauty of creation always causes indescribable curiosity. This thirst and spirit for adventure evolves, so that I and my friends decided to travel to the Northern Ecuadorian Highlands. The mountains with their amazing natural colors attracted our attention. At our first stop in the city of Cayambe suddenly […]

Afro-Ecuadorian History

Especially the Northern Ecuadorian Coast is home for many Ecuadorians of African ancestry. Their history is quite fascinating and their cultural roots can be found until today in their traditions and customs. Many of today’s Afro-Ecuadorian population are still descendants of the first free Black people of this country: In the 17th century a slave […]

Whale Watching – an Unforgettable Experience

On the first weekend in September me and my friends from Quito went to Ecuador’s Coast – Puerto Lopez. Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed of seeing humpback whales and hoped to have this opportunity during my six-month stay in Ecuador. After a ten-hour bus ride we finally got to the little […]

Ecuadorian Bike Adventure At Mount Antisana

If you are looking for some challenging adventure and fun, a bike tour to the Antisana, Ecuador’s fourth highest mountain, is a great option. With its 5,704 meters (18,714 feet), it presents one of the most challenging technical climbs and tours in the Ecuadorian Andes. Our tour started at 7 am, and the ride in […]

International Coffee Day

Today (September, 29th) is World Coffee Day! Did you know that coffee is an Arabic word? It’s “qahwa” and means “stimulating drink.” It was discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia in the region of Kaffa and arrived to Arabia because of the slave trade in the 16th century. The process of roasting the beans […]

Puerto Lopez – A Paradise on the Pacific Coast

Last weekend I wanted to spend some days on the beach and decided to go to Puerto Lopez – a wonderful place on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast that offers a perfect combination of relaxing near the ocean and doing different interesting day activities. When I arrived Saturday morning I was happy to check into my hotel […]

Floreana, a Book Review

If you hear “Galapagos”, you will probably think about giant tortoises and iguanas, and Darwin and his theory of evolution. But there’s another side to the Galapagos Islands that is less known yet absolutely fascinating: the history of the islands’ first settlers. Especially the history of the first inhabitants on Floreana Island seems to come […]

An Adventurous Weekend in Mindo

Last weekend I decided to go to Mindo. A little, calm village in the cloud forest and about 70 km western from Quito. It is especially known for its unique bird world, like hummingbirds, toucans, parrots and the famous cock of the rock. As well you can do there a lot of other things, for […]

Ecuador: A Paradise for Bird Watchers

For being such a small country, Ecuador has an amazing diversity of plants and animals. For bird lovers, Ecuador is a true paradise with a huge variety of birds in the different areas of the country. Recently we went to check out Yanacocha and the area close to Mindo. Yanacocha is a nature reserve at […]

Dayana’s Family on Tour in Quito

Sunday, the day for resting, and 18th of May, International Museum Day, a beautiful morning in Quito. Which museum should we pick to visit? We decide on Yaku. What is Yaku? Yaku is a word from the indigenous Kichwa language which means “water.” We leave for the city center and drive towards the El Placer […]

Cotopaxi Adventure

The Cotopaxi volcano (5,897 m / 19,347 ft.), in the National Park of the same name, is one of Ecuador’s most popular visitors’ sites. Don’t miss the spectacular views on your Ecuador tour! Our intern Fanny went and shares her impressions: “Last Saturday I went on a tour to the Cotopaxi National Park. We left […]