Category Archives: Ecuador

World’s 6 Most Beautiful Year-Round Rooftop Bars; Eustacia Huen; Forbes


Ecuador – City of Quito

With great drinks, stunning views and cool concepts to match, here are six beautiful rooftop bars that are open throughout the year.

Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you can’t lounge at a rooftop bar. With amazing drinks, great views and cool concepts to match, here are six beautiful options that are open throughout the year.

#1: ALFRESCO 64 (BANGKOK)

Designed like a streamlined, luxury yacht at 800 feet above ground, Alfresco 64 – A Chivas Bar, offers so much more than its stunning views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River. The front of the bar resembles a yacht’s bridge that includes a beautiful, cabin-like indoor section featuring lacquered rosewood flooring and sunken seating.

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These Popular Tourist Destinations Were Ruined by Visitors; Emma Blezna; Culture Cheat Sheet


Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

The best part of traveling to a new place is learning the culture, capturing the experience, and enjoying some of the notable attractions. The bad news? Some major destinations are getting sick of tourists. From economic decline, vandalism, and wear and tear on prominent landmarks, find out the reasons why these well-known tourist destinations will never be the same.

Pig Beach, Bahamas

Located on the island of Grand Exuma in the Bahamas is the wildly popular tourist destination dubbed Pig Beach. Tourists were able swim in the crystal clear water surrounded by the friendly wild pigs until a recent, mysterious event left several of the feral pigs dead. Some say their deaths occurred because of a few tourists’ actions, such as feeding the pigs junk food, letting the pigs ingest too much sand, and giving them beer and rum.

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Two Adventures Just for Women Showcase Darwin’s Galapagos through Eyes of Female Naturalists; Adventure Travel News


Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

A leading travel company that specializes in women-only expeditions has teamed up with female Ecuadorian, naturalist-trained guides for two itineraries that explore on land or from the sea the Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. Its programs in the Galapagos epitomize for owner Jennifer Haddow the importance of being part of the solutions emerging in places where tourism, among other issues, places fragile infrastructure at risk.

“We run adventure programs with highest standards in ecotourism,” says Haddow. “This includes giving back to communities and investing in conservation. Wild Women Expeditions is an Ambassador of the Galapagos Conservancy, and supports the Charles Darwin Foundation whose research and program implementation affect how people both live and visit here in harmony with this environment.”

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10 of the Most Beautiful National Parks in the World; John Misachi WorldAtlas.com


Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

These enchanting, magnificent places have been given a special distinction in order to protect their natural land.

Parks not only preserve nature for the future generation but also provide recreational opportunities for nature lovers. Parks are protected and reserved for their unparalleled landscapes comprising of oceans, lakes, forests, jungles, and mountains. From the vast grassland plains of Africa to the astounding glaciers in South America, national parks have something unique to offer. Here are the world’s ten most beautiful national parks full of scenic beauty to behold.

10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

In the middle of the Croatian capital lies the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The beauty of this park lies in the sixteen lakes interlocked by a series of waterfalls, cascades, and miles of pleasant boardwalk trails. The mineral-rich waters whittle through the rock.

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Competition: share your hidden gem for a chance to win a trip to Ecuador!; Becky Moore; Global Grasshopper


Ecuador – City of Quito

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ll know we’re all huge fans of under-the-radar travel, we love it so much in fact you’ve probably noticed we’ve made our niche out! So to celebrate all things off-the-beaten path we’ve teamed up with Audley Travel who are offering a chance to win an incredible 10 day trip to Ecuador in return for sharing your little-known experience on social media in their #MyLittleKnown campaign.

So whether it’s the sizzling beauty of Sciacca, Sicily or the mystery and magic of Bhutan, share with us your favourite little known place to win a South America trip of a lifetime. We’ve also been honoured to asked to help judge the competitiontoo, so we’re having a really hands on role! All you need to do now is enter!

How to enter

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Volcanoes Anyone? Ecuador, July 2017; Travel Blog


Ecuador – City of Quito

This is my first trip to Ecuador – I’m always more excited when I’m headed to a new destination, than when it’s a return visit to a familiar location. First, a relatively short journey of 2 flights from Las Vegas, connecting in Atlanta, before touching down in Quito just before 11pm local time. We were 20 minutes late, but as we were the only international flight arriving at this time, getting thru customs and immigration were a breeze – less than 10 minutes from deplaning to collecting my bag. And wouldn’t you know it, my pre-arranged transfer was nowhere to be found. I even had the guy at the airport information desk call the shuttle company number – no answer. So, I went with Plan B – grabbed a taxi and finally got underway for the 45-minute drive to downtown.

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Ecuador: So much more than just the Galapagos; Amanda Williams; The Journal


Ecuador – City of Quito

For many travelers, the South American country of Ecuador is associated almost exclusively with one bucket-list destination: the Galapagos Islands. And while the volcanic archipelago is undeniably amazing, the excitement to get there often causes people to skip mainland Ecuador entirely. But this is a mistake. Ecuador, small as it is, is actually packed with unique things to do and see, from the jungle to the mountains to straddling the center of the earth.

Here are five places worth visiting in Ecuador in addition to the Galapagos Islands.

The Amazon

Most people associate the Amazon Rainforest with Brazil, but the sweeping jungle ecosystem extends into other countries, too – including Ecuador. You’ll find Ecuador’s slice of the Amazon in the country’s northeastern corner, with the towns of Coca, Tena, and Puyo being popular gateway cities.

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