Author: diego-arias

Diego enjoys traveling in his country, he loves sharing about his culture and traditions and showing people the most beautiful places of Ecuador. He loves nature and bird watching and photography. When he feels stressed he relaxes on hikes with friends or in hot thermal baths.

Parks and Squares – The green lungs of Quito

Parks and squares are the green lungs of quito

The capital of Ecuador is, with around 2.6 million inhabitants, the second largest city in the country. The traffic is immense, as many people move daily to work, to buy or to sell and back home. Especially in south-north direction – in the morning – and in north-south direction – in the evening – the […]

Water sports in Galapagos – A Kayak expedition experience

Could you imagine a kayak tour on the Galapagos Islands?

One day, I saw a video on TV about a group of people who were making a kayak tour on the sea and I thought, this looks exciting as I like adrenalin and to be alone facing such a marvellous scenery. Finally this eagerly awaited moment came. In January I was lucky to return to […]

The Galapagos Albatross

The Galapagos albatross is the only member of the Diomedeidae which is located in the tropical regions.

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 […]

The Gold Hill of Zaruma

In the village of Zaruma you can visit a former gold mine.

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 […]

Hiking in the Andes of Ecuador

The teleferico of Quito takes you up the Andes and you have amazing views over the city.

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 […]

Horseback Riding for Beginners in Ecuador

You can also discover the Andes on horseback

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 […]

A Journey to the South of Ecuador

The paramo landscape is unique in the Andes

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 […]

A Mind(o)blowing Experience

In Mindo you can do many fun activities such as canopy

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 […]

Otavalo – Far More Than Just a Market

The Otavalo market is full of colorful spices

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 […]

Good, better, Galapagos Islands

Sea lions welcome zou on the 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 […]

The Quilotoa Loop, a hike around the Crater Lake

A hike around the Quilotoa crater lake is an amazing experience.

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 […]

Ecuadorian Bike Adventure At Mount Antisana

A Biking Tour in the Ecuadorian Andes can be a real challenge.

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 […]