Retiring in Ecuador – Pros and Cons

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A lot of Americans are retiring in Ecuador and other countries in Central and South America – stretching their retirement dollars and enhancing their quality of life. Why? How hard is this? Is this something anyone can do? What’s the down side? Where’s the catch? Continue reading “Retiring in Ecuador – Pros and Cons”

Why is the Panama hat made in Ecuador?

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Every country in Latin America makes straw hats.  Colombia’s coffee region has its famous straw hat. But even more famous is Panama’s straw hat. Bright white,  light and airy, the Panama hat has always been linked to whitewashed seaside resorts and green tropical paradises. But everyone has always credited the hat to the wrong country.

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Banos, Ecuador – thermal baths – hot springs

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Banos is a small village with a population of 18,000.  The locals call it a little piece of heaven and travelers who come here invariably end up staying longer than intended.

Banos, meaning ‘baths’ in Spanish is famous for it’s thermal spring bathing facilities located in the center of town. Continue reading “Banos, Ecuador – thermal baths – hot springs”

The Market of Otavalo, Ecuador

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Saturday market at Otavalo

Otavalo, a village in northern Ecuador two hours from the Colombian border, hosts the largest and most famous textile market in all of South America every Saturday. Continue reading “The Market of Otavalo, Ecuador”

Tena, Ecuador – Gateway to the Amazon

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For a somewhat easy and economical exploration of the Amazon – Tena, the capital town and the oldest town of the Napo Province –  is easy to reach by land. From Tena even last minute tours of the rainforest can easily be arranged. Though technically in the secondary Amazon rainforest, the area is green, wet and wild. Continue reading “Tena, Ecuador – Gateway to the Amazon”

Ecuador’s Pacific Coast and it’s beautiful beaches

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Earthquakes Reset Ecuador’s Pacific Coast

A lot of people write off  Ecuador’s Pacific coast. It’s too hot, the skies are grey and then there was that awful earthquake. It is hot – in the 90s. Nowhere closer to the sun than here. So when that blinding, white hot equatorial sun burns, cloud cover is a blessing. ‘Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.’ And then there was that earthquake. Continue reading “Ecuador’s Pacific Coast and it’s beautiful beaches”