Tag: Indigenous


Between Montañita and Puerto López: the southern coast of Ecuador

Los Frailes view on beach

Between Montañita and Puerto López: the southern coast of Ecuador SOLEQMASTER The two small towns of Puerto López and Montañita are about 45 kilometers from one another on the southern coast of Ecuador. The vegetation in this region is similar to that of the Galapagos Islands. On long sandy beaches you can observe crabs, pelicans, […]

Otavalo – What to do

Otavalo – what to do Otavalo is often associated only with the large market that is held there on Saturdays. I wanted to know if there was anything more to discover there and so I set off. Here I share my experiences with you: How did I get there? Where did I stay? How did […]

Ecuadorian Food – Flavours you can only find in Ecuador

In Ecuador you can find all kinds of tropical fruits.

Ecuador is a compendium of landscapes, climates, species of flora and fauna and of the most exquisite flavours. What’s better after a stressful day than to end it with a typical drink, accompanied by a dessert? We invite you to try Ecuadorian food! Canelazo Canelazo is a hot cocktail made with water, cinnamon, naranjilla (a […]

Daytrip to Guamote

Visit the colorful indigenous market in 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 […]

Holiday Gift Guide: All You Need is Ecuador!

Check out our recommendatios for gifts in 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

When you are in Otavalo you should visit the 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 […]

Yasuni: Paradise in Danger

The Yasuni is part of Ecuador’s Amazon region and is among the most biodiverse areas of the world. Read why Yasuni, a part of Ecuadors Amazon Paradise, is in Danger. 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 […]

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, […]

Our favorite museums in Ecuador

The capilla del hombre is an interesting museum in Quito.

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 very important in the Andean Region.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Cacao Boom in Ecuador

Ecuador is an important cacao exporting country

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 […]

The Kichwa Language

In the Ecuadorian rain forest kichwa is spoken in many communities

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. […]

Afro-Ecuadorian History

Afro-Ecuadorian history: In colonial times African slaves were also brought to Ecuador.

Today we want to share information with you about 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 […]

Another Heritage of Humanity for Ecuador, the Inca Trail

The inka ruins of Ingapirca are an interesting daytrip from Cuenca.

The Inca Trail or also named as Qhapaq Ñan is be declared as a World Heritage Site. It is therefore the fifth destination of Ecuador which is recognized by UNESCO. This Andean Route System was built by the Spanish hundreds of years ago and was mostly used for trade and defense. It is about 30,000 […]