Not Your Average American has explored city streets and back roads, high mountains and sandy coast, jungle rivers and the wild islands of the Galapagos. We share our experience – good and bad- in hopes that you might want to venture south and plan your next vacation in Ecuador.

Our articles are honest because we want to develop a relationship of trust between you, the reader, and ourselves, the writers. We also work hard to build excellent relationships with local guides and small business owners in Ecuador. That means being upfront about the expectations of the American traveler. And it means telling American travelers about some of the truths about tourism in Ecuador. We will not tell you that you can have a luxury vacation on a cheap budget. We will tell you how to get the most value out of your Ecuadorian experience.

Meet our team!

Angela Drake

Founder, Not Your Average American

Visiting the WaoraniAs I’ve traveled and lived in South America, I’ve learned that Americans come in all shapes and sizes, are born to many different cultures, and not all live in the United States of America. In fact, the Americas are vast and even this blog can’t hope to cover it all. But I’ll do my best to write about and photograph the Not Your Average Americans I find in each and every place I visit.

If you have a not so average American story you would like to share on these pages, let me know. I am available for freelance writing and photography (resume available upon request). Or if you have a question about Ecuador or anything else on the blog, feel free to contact me using the form below:


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