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…

April 25 – A very long day indeed! - It is early morning on this, day one of our South American adventure.  We headed out at 3:00AM so we could drive down to Seattle for our 8:30AM flight to Miami, via Chicago. With a stop for breakfast at Jack in the Read More ...
April 26 – Quito on Our Own - After a short nap, we eagerly hopped out of bed, threw on some clean clothes and started on our adventure.  The view from our room was a nice view of downtown Quito, overlooking a large park.  We sauntered down to Read More ...
April 27 – Citizens of the Equator - Day one of our guided expedition begins!  We headed down to the hotel lobby and into the breakfast area where we were to meet our travel companions and our guide.  The food selection was awesome, with fresh fruits, bakery items, Read More ...
April 28 – Acoustically Awesome! - This morning we were treated to an awesome breakfast and then loaded onto the bus for a short trip down a rough cobblestone road.  We stopped at a small village where there was a trail up to a beautiful waterfall.  Just Read More ...
April 29 – Into The Amazon - We woke up today to cloudy skies and cool temperatures.  We were served an awesome breakfast with lots of fresh fruits and baked goodies.  Then onto the bus we went for a several hour drive, downhill all the way. We dropped from 13,000ft to Read More ...
April 30 – Jungle Treks - We awoke this morning to the sound of crowing roosters, right outside our cabana!  It also rained very heavy during the night, but the sun is out today.  During breakfast, we were told about the day’s activities – a hike Read More ...
May 1 – More Adventures - The next day we left the jungle and headed back into the mountains for more adventures.  Except for a few very large bugs that Wilson was eager to share, the scenery was awesome. We travelled along the highway and left the Read More ...
May 2 – A Rose for My Sweetie! - Our final day of adventure in Ecuador started out with a visit to a local market in Pelileo.  The variety and freshness of the fruits and vegetables was amazing.  Everything is grown locally, by hand, completely organic! After a short Read More ...
October 1 – Back for more Ecuador! - We absolutely fell in love with this country on our first trip.  I blame it all on Wilson, our faithful tour guide. He did such a wonderful job the first time around, we hired him to be our personal guide Read More ...
October 2 – Road Trip to Imbabura Province - Wilson picked us up on schedule and we headed out of town – north towards Cotacachi. Once out of Quito, he said he wanted to try out his new truck on some back roads.  Who were we to complain, this Read More ...