Take a tour on the Rio Guayas

Built in the year for which it is named, the Malecon 2000 is a modern urban park that attracts hundreds of Guayaquileños each day.

The word malecón means boardwalk or pier in English. Many coastal or river cities in Ecuador have a malecón. But when Guayaquil decided to extend the already existing Malecón Simon Bolívar by 2.5 kilometers at the turn of the century, they built a boardwalk that would stand the test of time. The extension included gardens, museums, fountains, and a commercial center with bars and restaurants. Sixteen years later and the “new” Malecón is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

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Fishing Boat, Puerto Lopez

After being awoken by massive shaking last night, today seems as a good a day as any to let the world know what is going on in “post” earthquake Ecuador. Last night’s 6.7 earthquake was close enough to the epicenter of last month’s 7.8 that it might be considered an aftershock. And though last night’s earthquake was shocking after days of calm, headlines like this one one at CBS News, “Ecuadorians Panic as New Quake Hits Devastated Coast” are not helpful for a couple of reasons.
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Giant Galapagos Tortoise

A tortoise hatchery sounds like a pretty scientific place where you might expect to see cages, enclosures, incubation rooms, and a sterile lab or two. The Galapaguera at San Cristobal will come as quite a surprise.

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Playing Train ConductorThe Nariz del Diablo train ride provides an excellent opportunity to view some of the amazingly beautiful and mountainous landscape of Ecuador. It’s also a great chance for kids to learn a little history while playing conductor. All in all, it is a great trip for families.

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Gauchito Antonio Gil, The Argentine Robin Hood

It was only when we left the big city of Buenos Aires and embarked on a road trip through Southern Argentina that we learned about the Argentine Robin Hood. But the process of learning was a slow one that came step by step along our trail.
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View of Cerro Santa Ana and the Lighthouse

Step #1How many steps to the lighthouse in the Guayaquil do you think it takes to arrive to the top? After several visits to the largest city in Ecuador, I decided to find out.

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Macaw in Parque Historico

It wouldn’t be wrong to expect a history park in Guayaquil to be all about the history of the region. Parque Histórico is home to many old properties typical of the port city the turn of the 19th century. But Parque Histórico has another side to it, one a little more inviting to families with young children, a zoo.
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View of the coast from Otoy Farms

Otoy Restaurant and FarmsNever in my wildest dreams did I imagine visiting an organic farm on the Galapagos Islands. Like most of us, I only pictured wild animals and even wilder places. I didn’t think of human populations at all.

But the Galapagos is populated by more than 25,000 legal residents. Add 1,800 temporary residents and about 5,000 other people with irregular status and thats a lot of folks needing food, water, and shelter. It is expensive to ship food from the mainland. Therefore, many local farms not only survive but thrive in the highlands of each of the most populated islands.
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Quito with view of the Panecillo

Welcome to the three part series, Gateway to Ecuador. With three major airports that accept international flights, there are ample opportunities to use each gateway city as a base for exploration of the Ecuadorian mainland.
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Workshop at the Rose Hacienda

Roses on the Breakfast TableFor many years now, cut flowers, especially roses, have been one of Ecuador’s most important exports. Since living in Quito, I have enjoyed beautiful, fresh cut, and very affordable flowers in our home. So visiting a rose hacienda had been on my “Ecuador Bucket List” for quite a while. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to visit Hacienda La Compania de Jesus in Cayambe.
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