Ecuador Travel Guides for Backpackers

7 Things You Did Not Know About Genova

  Some of you might know already that I have been living in Genova for almost a year now. Before deciding to move here, I have travelled throughout Italy quite a lot and the thing that felt different here was the impression it left upon me from the first moment. […]
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Exploring Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Peru is one of those countries where it is easy to arrive but difficult to leave behind. It is here where I gave fuel to my passion to explore, travel and stay – participate in the everyday life of the people, discover them, the food, breath the air and eventually […]
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The Best of Buenos Aires: Something for Everyone

Buenos Aires: ‘the Paris of South America’. It’s an exciting, elegant, and laid-back city. For many travelers, Buenos Aires is just a pit stop on the way to Patagonia and Antarctica, but the wise ones know that the city has a lot to offer. There’s something for everyone in this […]
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The 10 Best Things To Do in Valparaiso, Chile

The unfounded city of Valparaiso just came to life without any planned structure, but it is this fact what makes it so characteristic and unique. The Pacific ocean, the ever-blue sky and the picturesque architecture all combine to give a visual spectacle that enchants most tourists. Being the main port […]
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What To Do In Baños De Agua Santa, Ecuador

If you love adventures, life outdoors, extreme sports, thermal waters and nature, this is a must-go place for you. Located at the foot of Tungurahua volcano in the Tungurahua Province, Baños de Agua Santa will enchant you form the very first moment with its breathtaking scenery of waterfalls, mountains and […]
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What to do in Quito if you only have 2 days?

Many travelers that come to Quito are actually visiting Ecuador, so they stay just a few days in the capital. Here’s a guide of what you can do and see in Quito if you only have 2 days. Quito is a lovely city in the middle of the Earth, yes, […]
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Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos – The full experience for less

A $30 ferry ticket, a 2 hour boat ride, and 1 seasickness pill later, and we had arrived at the port of Isla San Cristobal in Ecuador’s Galapagos. After spending 6 days on a ship, cruising through the western loop, I was skeptical about our land-based excursion. We had already […]
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Making the Most of Three Days in Huaraz

Exploring La Cordillera Blanca Huaraz, Peru may be small, but the city provides a home base for a not so small number of treks through Huascarán National Park in La Cordillera Blanca. Also quite considerable is the city’s altitude of about 3,050 meters, eliciting triple the satisfaction upon completing said […]
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Ecuador: A Culinary Tour

Ever since I left Ecuador for college, I have been asked this question many times: what do you miss most about your country? Even though it’s a hard question to answer, I always say what I miss the most is the food. Ecuador has four regions: the Amazon, the highlands, […]
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Cheap trips: Quito with low costs

So in 2017 I was working and living in Quito on a minimum wage, and let me tell you, that’s not an easy thing to do. But if I wanted to have fun and tour around a little, I had to learn how to manage everything with as little money […]
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Ecuador: Experience South America

Ecuador's incredible diversity If you want to experience South America saving time and money, Ecuador is the place for you. Ecuador is a country located in the mid-center of the Earth, right on the equator line, between Colombia and Peru. Something I find very interesting is that despite its very […]
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A Beautiful Paradise: The Galapagos Islands

A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in this beautiful place. I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands, so I took the first chance I found and I am so glad I did! Even though I went on a short budget, I […]
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The Best of Mancora, Peru

Mancora One amazing month in Mancora left me knowing the best party spots, the best beaches to lounge upon, the best restaurants to eat at, and the best hostels to sleep at! Mancora is the best beachside party town in Peru, popular with both locals and tourists. You will find […]
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7 Reasons to Visit Cusco, Peru

For the many travelers heading to Machu Picchu in Peru, Cusco acts as a home base. But this small city with big attractions is worth staying in more than a few days. As an English teacher living here for 5 months, I still have not run out of things to […]
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Day Trips in Quito, Ecuador

If you’re anything like the traveller that I am, a few days in a big city will have you feeling a little restless. After spending 3 days in Quito, Ecuador I began to wonder what was happening in, around, and behind the mountains that surround the capital city. So I […]
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5 reasons to visit Quito

Why do you need to visit Quito? There are many answers to explain why Quito was considered one of the Best Trips in 2013, according to the prestigious magazine Traveler (National Geographic), and currently, one of the leading destinations in South America on the popular website Trip Advisor. Quito has a lot […]
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Backpacking through Islands:The Galapagos Islands

Nestled over 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a dream vacation for many people around the world. But that is as much as it will ever be, a dream. The white sandy beaches and aqua blue waters come at a cost. Not only do the […]
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Hiking Cotopaxi: Broke Backpacker Edition

Whether you’re in mainland Ecuador for a number of weeks or only for a few days on a stopover to the Galapagos Islands, it is likely that you will look at visiting the Cotopaxi Volcano. Standing at 5897m, it is one of the world’s tallest volcanoes. Cotopaxi is famous for […]
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Tena, Ecuador: Experience Life in the Amazon

Welcome to Tena The smoky scent of meat barbecuing filled my nose, and I knew I was getting close. I could feel the warm, humid air curling into the windows of the bus as it meandered down the road, shifting from side to side as it hugged the curves. Outside […]
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Pure Adrenalin – Extreme Sports Highlights Ecuador

Take the risk or lose the chance Every friday, before starting a new adventure around the incredible country of Ecuador, I enthuastically tell my mom about my great weekend plans. Every friday, she asks me why I put myself in so much danger, if I am addicted to fear and […]
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Mashpi Area of Conservation – Ecuador

What about to spend time in nature? eating fresh food? watching the unique birds species in the world? learn about the process of cacao into chocolate? spend time on a farm doing volunteer work? sharing and learning new things with the local community? or maybe just go to the must […]
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Life in Quito Ecuador

Loving Quito At the beginning of this year, I traveled to Quito, Ecuador and studied Spanish for three months. Living with a host family and taking classes each day. Life in Quito was definitely not what I expected, but I loved living there. Overview of Quito This city, which lies […]
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A roadtrip along Ecuador's coast

Despite its small size relative to its neighbouring countries, Ecuador is incredibly rich and biodiverse. It has three distinct climate regions: the lush rainforest to the west, the magnificent Andean highlands, and its Pacific coastline with almost uninterrupted beaches. It is precisely these beaches what attract professional and beginner surfers […]
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Valparaíso: a city that never sleeps

Hello to everyone! Today I'm going to speak about Valparaiso, that is a beautiful, colorful and happy place. I'm traveling around the world nowadays, but before start traveling, I used to live in Valparaiso for almost 8 years. I grow up in a small town and moved to Valparaiso when […]
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Top 10 things to do in toilets AKA Baños, Ecuador

Baños, named after its thermal baths (but often confused with “toilets”), is about four hours by bus from Quito in Ecuador and a super fun town. It's hard for me to pinpoint a highlight from my time here, and some of it probably shouldn't be shared (hi, Mum). I dove off […]
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Horseback Riding in the Mountains! – Quito, Ecuador

My buddy (Elliot) and I Welcome to the very first “Chasing Ecuador” blog post! This is only but the first steps into my endless journey of experiences and adventure. Hopefully, through this blog and the many more to come, I can help you to start a […]
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Peguche Waterfall, the perfect place to experience the Inti Raymi ritual

About Peguche Waterfall is one of the main tourist attractions in the Otavalo area and undoubtedly one of the treasures proudly held by Ecuador. Even though a small country, Ecuador has what it takes to make you include it on your must visit countries list. Located in the Imbabura region, […]
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4,696m (15406 ft) Above Sea – Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador

Before reading, if you don't like sweating, getting a little dirty, and a little adventure, this article is not for you. The city of Quito, at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, lies beneath an active volcano called Pichincha. The two highest peaks of the mountain are Guagua Pichincha […]
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Welcome to Quito – The place where the GPS marks 0,0,0

Visiting the place where the GPS marks 0,0,0 For my first  article I want to talk about the place where the GPS marks 0,0,0. Also the place where I live and my hometown. I live in Quito the capital city of Ecuador.  Quito is located at 2800 m above the […]
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Find magic in the Andes of Ecuador

Flying into Quito is a magical experience –the fog, low-hanging in a valley surrounded by Andes mountains, is lit up by the moon and the city’s many lights.  If you’re visiting Ecuador, the magic doesn’t stop here – it’s a beautifully diverse country that just has a special feel about […]
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Some basics before traveling to Medellin, Colombia

Colombia, a country to visit If you are reading this post, it's because you probably would like to visit Medellin, a city that has become very famous thanks to the (not so nice) series, that show the so horrible history we have passed through. Here I tell you about this […]
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Laguna Cuicocha: Ecuador adventure

America, but south Living in South America never ceases to amaze me. Every day I wake up in awe that I get to live in the middle of the world, in Quito, Ecuador. This culture, the people, the scenery, the language; they have all captivated my heart. At 19, I […]
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Baños, Ecuador: A natural paradise for relax and adventure

Baños de Agua Santa is a town in Ecuador known for its wonderful landscapes and several adventure possibilities and as a place to seek inner peace and relaxation. Its name, translated as “Baths of Sacred Water”, came from the several hot springs situated around the town. It is located in […]
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THE PERFECT ONE-DAY TRIP TO THE VALLEY OF LONGEVITY, VILCABAMBA

It is Sunday and I have tons of assignments to do in law school, but my mother always insists on doing something together on weekends. I was reluctant about the thought of leaving my homework undone, but the truth was I needed some fresh air. Therefore, my parents and I decided […]
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Ecuador: Top 6 Things To Do in Quito

Top 6 Things To Do in Quito   Quito is the capital of Ecuador, located on the equator in South America. Imagine standing on the world’s highest point of the equato! Quito is 2,850 meters (9,350 ft) above sea level. This city has a lot to give, everything from UNESCO heritage […]
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Montañita Ecuador; A Hidden Paradise

Montañita Ecuador; A Hidden Paradise        Montañita is a very small but a beautiful town hiden in the pacific beaches of Ecuador, the only way to go there is to take a bus from Guayaquil, it takes 4 hours to arrive. Montañita is a place to escape from […]
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Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul: 4 days of a road trip in Brazil

Bonito’s photos are amazing! I know it looks like paradise.  You will see only a few photos of my own, and they are not pointing at the water. My trip wasn’t what I expected. I will tell you something about my experience of travel to Bonito and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, […]
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Why Climb Mountains When You Can Climb Volcanoes?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the great outdoors. I love going on hikes and kayaking and being out in nature. However, my idea of climbing mountains is the east-coast, Philadelphia suburbs version of climbing mountains. We’re talking the Poconos, which at its highest peak is an exaggerated 2,200 feet […]
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When in doubt, go to Ecuador: Galápagos

why you shouldn't skip the Galápagos during your South America travels By the time I made it to Ecuador in April 2016, I had already been travelling for over half a year. So as you can imagine, the question what has been your favorite place so far popped up on […]
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Why all you need is Ecuador

I am on a quest. A quest to find the most beautiful, authentic places Mother Earth has to offer us. For the past year I’ve been roaming around Central- & South America, together with my three beautiful daughters. By now I thought I knew beauty. We’d seen primary forests with […]
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Valparaíso de mi amor

Valparaíso, a bohemian port city on the chilean coast, has drawn the attention of many artists and musicians. “Valparaíso de mi amor” is called a famous song about the city by Lucho Barrios and it's a kind of confession of love to Valparaíso. “Puerto loco” it was called by the famous chilean poet […]
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A Steak on the Lake: The Culinary Experience in Cleveland, Ohio

With the upcoming Republican National Convention this July 2016 attracting visitors from across the nation and my own planned homecoming the following month, Cleveland Ohio is the perfect unlikely locale to put the spotlight on. Today we'll delve into three of the best spots to quell your appetite, quench your […]
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