Hungry Planet: Ecuador We intended to drive through Ecuador in a couple of days en route to Peru. After a few detours it took us two and a half weeks. Like the landscape we traveled, the food we ate changed region to region. In the high elevations the meals were hearty, starting with soup, Read More

Ten Reasons to Visit Ecuador   Discover Quito’s charm. Old town Quito in particular is fascinating, old churches, cobblestone streets. You can find good food in the bohemian district of La Ronda and maybe catch street buskers busting out tunes (click here for video of La Ronda). Take the Teleferico to get great views, Read More

What We Spent in Ecuador Budget: $50 per day for 2 people Total Spent: $771 Number of Days: 15 Average per day Spent: $51.40 UDS per day for 2 people Ecuador uses U.S. dollars for currency and prices in general were more expensive compared to Columbia. Water was one of our biggest expenses, often, Read More

How to Do Galapagos on a Budget   We recently met a couple traveling who referred to their Lonely Planet South America guidebook as the Bible. It was very cute how they always looked to the ‘Bible’ to sort out their next adventure. Sitting down to write an article on budget travel to Galapagos,, Read More

Playa Los Frailes   Ecuadorians love the beach. Each weekend they go in droves to bask in the sun, eat, drink, dance, listen to loud music and generally have a great time. Unfortunately many beaches in Ecuador suffer from pollution. A mere 12 kilometers from the touristy and trashy fishing village of Puerto Lopez, Read More

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador   Descending from the heights of Ecuador’s Andes Mountains was an adventure as our bus careened through cloudforest.  It took us a whole day to bus from Latacunga to Puerto Lopez with an overnight pitstop in Puerto Viejo.   Puerto Lopez is a fishing village with a familiar raunchy smell and a, Read More

Poorman’s Galapagos: Isla de la Plata   We finally succumbed to our first organized tour, a slippery slope we know but no way around it in this case.   Our destination was Isla de la Plata. The island is a seabird sanctuary lying in the protected environs of Machalilla National Park. You can only get, Read More

When Amazonas Airlines unexpectedly cancelled all flights in and out of Rurrenabaque, we found ourselves with three extra days in this small corner of Bolivia. With the encouragement of some travel companions we walked into the office of MaxAdventures to inquire about a jungle tour in Madidi National Park.

We came to Isla del Sol to unwind for a couple of days at the start of our Bolivia travels. With a bit of research and a stroke of luck we stumbled upon one of Isla del Sol’s hidden secrets, Ecolodge Casa de la Sirena.