The most famous church in the historic center of Quito must be La Compañia de Jesus. It is famous for being bathed in gold. Just about every imaginable surface is either painted with murals or covered in gold leaf. This church is also one of the few that cannot be photographed by tourists. But, Read More
The Yanacocha Reserve is a real treasure of the Pichincha province and deserves to be recognized on its own. I have probably visited the Yanacocha Reserve more than any other place in and around Quito. Part of me just loved the drive – a graveled road in fair shape that meanders through high altitude, Read More
On my last visit to Historic Quito, a single street sign beckoned me to explore a neighborhood I had never entered, San Marcos. And although my friends and I didn’t make it to the San Marcos Plaza, we did find some treasures that I would like to share.
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.
If you love food trucks and you love Ecuadorian food, I have the perfect answer for your next meal – el seco. Of course, you’ll have to be in Quito because currently this food truck can only be found on the streets in the capitol city of Ecuador. Each day brings a new location, Read More
In Quito, Ecuador, Jesús del Gran Poder refers to a wooden sculpture from the 17th century that has become a symbol of faith to thousands of Quiteños, many of whom have accompanied the figure year after year during the grand procession that takes place on Good Friday in the historic center. And although the, Read More
Are you ready for the full slate of activities in Quito during Semana Santa, 2016? The days before Easter are packed with cultural events like no other time of the year. Quiteños give Holy Week their all. If you are a music lover, we suggest checking out the schedule of events for Música Sacra., Read More
Tagua is vegetable ivory – a commonly used nut in the making of jewelry and buttons. In fact, before the introduction of plastic, tagua was the major source for buttons in both the United States and Europe. Today, many of those old buttons are sold as collectibles on Ebay. Although buttons are still produced,, Read More
Today I visited a local farm in Oyambarillo, not far from the Quito airport, where a local family raises guinea pig for eating. My hosts were Edwin Paillacho and his wife, Sonia Cachago. I can’t thank them enough for letting me spend some time photographing their finca and asking tons of questions. All of, Read More
On a sunny day at the top of the hill named for a little loaf of bread, The Panecillo, you are likely to find at least a few artisans selling their wares on the grassy knoll at the base of the huge statue of the Virgin Mary. I would like to introduce you to, Read More