We Don’t Need Rockets to Visit Volcanoes

The house is buzzing with preparations. Half hazard organization in carefully laid piles amidst the chaos that is typical of a house run by toddlers. Rainbows colored puddle jumpers, freshly folded jeans, and fuzzy alpaca sweaters that smell like an old closet. Four carefully planned backpacks, a gifted picnic basket, and small bag of dog…

Inspire Spontaneity. Invite Mystery. Indulge Adventure.

“Click. Click. Jangle. Jangle,” whisper the keys as they tango in his fingertips. The ignition tilts into place and our new cat purrs into submission. I glance through the corner of my big, square frames as a smile sneaks across my face. My husband catches my eye and offers a little wink, as we pull onto…

The Rustic Lighthouse of San Jacinto

We love to visit this small light beacon that rests on a rocky shore in another fishing village just south of where we live. The best part of it, in my opinion, is that is appears to be a bit neglected in appearance. This could be totally false, as I now understand how destructive the…

123 Species of Hummingbirds in Ecuador

It’s no big surprise that we see tributes to the hummingbird everywhere we go in Ecuador, especially so in the capital city of Quito. The very diverse, artistic culture in the country loves to give extra focus on arguably the most beautiful bird in the world. The image of the hummingbird has been used for…

Standing on the Equator Means Being in Two Places at Once

Have you ever missed somebody so much, that you wished you could just reach across the distance to grab them by the hand? Or have you ever wished that you could be in two places at once? When you’re standing on the Equator, anything is possible! Just outside of Quito, you can stand on the…

The Ecuadorian Chagras

As we passed through the charming countryside beyond the Pintag village, we were fortunate enough to come across this Chagra. The Chagras are the typical cowboys of the Andes. For the most part they are cattlemen, but they also pride themselves on the showmanship of their stunning horses. In the high altitude of the Andes,…

On Top of Quito

While visiting grandma in Quito, we took a trip up the Teleferico. This is a glass cable car ride that takes one from 9,415 feet to 13,450 feet in approximately 10 minutes. The aerial lift ride offers exquisite views of the “City of the Heavens” aka Quito,as well as the surrounding farmlands, the Pichincha Volcanoes,…

The Softer Side of Bullfighting

After six months of traipsing through the crushed shell beaches of Manabi, we decided it was high time to a catch a glimpse of life above sea level. We packed up the bikinis and board shorts to trade them in for dusty, creased jeans and our favorite leather boots.  We tossed our kids, and our…

Entranced by the Rio Muchacho

  Our Visit to a Sustainable Organic Ranch. When our family looks for day trips and travel excursions, we do so with two young children in mind. Our children are small, just 2 and 4 years old.  Family friendly activities are important for the pleasure of each of us, yet we strive to find unique…

Cebolla Excursion: Interrupting Farm Life in Ecuador

From time to time we are inclined to take a journey between our village and the next, to gaze at the wandering expanse of farmlands and rural life. Although the scenery is unique to this province, the route often reminds us of those that we frequently came across between the small towns of the rural…

Typical Food of Coastal Ecuador

We’ve had to eat out a bit more than normal lately, since I’ve been ailed. Luckily, it is very affordable and very convenient to do so, as long you understand the when and where. Most restaurants are not open during the day, unless it is the weekend. Otherwise, lunch time hours are pretty hit or…

Ecuador’s Sardine Festival

1st Annual Sardine Festival of San Clemente, Ecuador Festival de Pinchagua Saturday, August 13, was the first annual Festival de Pinchagua in the Manabi province of Ecuador. This event was organized by the Board of Tourism to increase visitor traffic to areas affected by the devastating earthquake that occurred earlier in the year. As residents…