Ecuador!

At Christmas in 2014, Giselle and I gifted ourselves a tour of Ecuador with Gate 1 Travel to be taken in late April of 2015.  To us, Ecuador is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries either of us has ever visited.  So much so, that we have returned multiple times and plan to make this our retirement home in the not too distant future…..Enjoy the stories and pictures from a country we both fell very much in love with…

  • Esmeraldes and Atacames – the north coast of Ecuador - Day two of our trip to the coast saw us travelling down Hwy 15, Ecuador’s equivalent to Hwy 101 down the west coast of the US.  We crossed a few rivers, passed through many small, very poor communities and eventually Read More ...
  • Clammy on the coast….a trip to Las Penas - After three weeks living in Cotacachi in the highlands of Ecuador, we decided to take a short trip to the northern coast of this beautiful country.  It is about a four hour drive from Cotacachi to our destination – Las Read More ...
  • Mojanda Lakes - High above the town of Otavalo is a series of three lakes formed inside the calderas of the now extinct volcanoes Mohanda and Fuya Fuya.  The elevation is around 12,200 ft at the largest lake, Mohanda.  This is a protected Read More ...
  • Gruta de la Paz and more from Ecuador… - Today was an awesome day!  After getting an early start, we headed up into the northern highlands of Ecuador for another day trip, this time to the small village of La Paz, just north of Bolivar and a few miles Read More ...
  • Cotacachi “Food Fair” - After another 2.5km walkabout, we headed over to the food fair at the mercado to try out some of the dishes.  There are about a dozen stalls to choose from ranging in food choices from fish, chicken, pork, and beef. Read More ...
  • Lunching out in Cotacachi - Giselle and I spent the last couple of days laying low and just taking walking tours around the streets of Cotacachi.  What we did notice was the amazing number of Almuerzos or lunch spots.  You can get a basic meal Read More ...
  • Intag Valley Road Trip - Today we went on an adventurous trip up over the shoulder of Cotacachi Volcano and down into the Intag Valley, where a lot of Ecuadorean coffee comes from.  The views up top before heading down the other side were fantastic.  Read More ...
  • Getting Lost in the Country, Ecuadorian Style - We woke up today to sunny skies and a fresh pot of Ecuadorian coffee.  The plan for the day was a drive to Ibarra to go to the larger shopping center to pick up a few needed items, then drive Read More ...
  • Back in Cotacachi - After a very long trip via Aero Mexico and an 11 hour layover in Mexico City, we arrived, tired, but very happy to be here. The town has not changed much since our last visit, except for a few improvements Read More ...
  • Cuy! - After a short shopping trip in Ibarra, where we found Ecuadorian wine,  we decided to look for a restaurant that serves a sort of national dish of Ecuador.  There is a small town between Ibarra and Cotacachi called Chaltura.  It Read More ...