For a breathtaking experience, take a stroll down Ecuador’s ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’

By Lance Brashear In 1802 German explorer Alexander von Humbolt, in a visit to Ecuador´s Sierra, coined a phrase that is now part of the tourism vocabulary for mainland Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes. The term is self-explanatory if you simply look at a map or take a drive south of Quito along the Pan-American […]

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In the world’s top bird watching country, Cuenca and Southern Ecuador are a land of opportunity

By David Morrill For Cuenca tour guide Carlos Lara, life offers no greater pleasure than watching the birds. “I love doing anything outdoors. For me, there is nothing better than escaping the artificial world, where we spend most of our lives, and going out to explore nature,” says Lara. “The very best of nature, however, […]

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Why are tourists and expats continuing to flock to Cuenca? A travel writer makes a visit and reports what she found

By Elissa Richard A colonial jewel of Ecuador, spilling over with cobblestoned streets, well-preserved churches and attractive leafy plazas — all tucked into a verdant Andean valley traversed by four winding rivers — Cuenca wins out as the country’s most idyllic urban locale. From the Inca to the Spanish to the most recent wave of […]

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If you visit Loja Province, don’t miss the hidden treasures south of Vilcabamba

By Jerry Luzu Expats living in Cuenca, who often feel the need to explore other regions of the country, venture frequently to the coastal areas and the western Amazon jungles. It’s a pity that they don’t visit the southern province of Loja more often, especially the areas south of the well-known towns of Loja and […]

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Parque Calderón: For more than 400 years, it’s been the heart and soul of Cuenca

By Deke Castleman and David Morrill The vast majority of foreign visitors start their tour of Cuenca at Parque Calderón, and many expats pass through the park on a nearly daily basis. Travelers and residents accustomed to plazas in other parts of the world are often pleasantly surprised at the lack of beggars looking for a handout. In addition, Parque Calderón […]

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Cuenca a century ago: Good weather, ‘dreamy loafing’ and meeting the locals in the ‘untracked wilderness’

Editor’s note: Ever wonder what Cuenca was like a 100 years ago? The following is an excerpt from Vagabonding Down the Andes by Harry A. Franck. Published in 1917, the book is a travelogue of the author’s 1913 journey, mostly by foot, from Panama to Buenos Aires. The following describes Franck’s visit to Cuenca, in […]

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Discover the charm and history of Victorian Zaruma, Ecuador’s gold mining capital

By Wendy Jane Carrel I was invited to visit a government run senior residence in Zaruma, Ecuador and was excited to make the trip. Who wouldn’t have said yes for an opportunity not only to meet more Ecuadorian seniors, but for the chance to discover the gold capital of southwest Ecuador? I especially liked enunciating […]

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