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Vilcabamba

by CourtneyViva TropicalToday Vilcabamba Ecuador still claims to possess healing qualities and conditions that make it conducive to well-being and long-life.  In fact, its modern-day nicknames include aliases such as the “Valley of Longevity.”  Whether or not these...

Salinas Ecuador is not for everyone.

by Josh from Viva Tropical     There are many things you could say about Salinas, Ecuador.  And comments from first-time visitors often fall all over the spectrum, from fabulous to formidable.  And everything in between. Indeed, to say this resort town is polarizing...

Quito – the world’s Soul

Quito, Ecuador from INCA on Vimeo.   Quito is in the center of the world. Latitude 0' 0' 0'. It is the capital of Ecuador and the population is around 2,570.200 people. It is the second most populated city in Ecuador. It was founded in 1534 by Spain over Incan...

Tourist Attractions in Guayaquil, Ecuador

by Gracy Sonia Martin Located on the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is the main port of Ecuador. This city is dotted with a number of manufacturing industries and business organizations and hence, is characterized as the busiest place in the entire Ecuador. Many people look...

Otavalo Artisan Markets

by David Sheeshka     Otavalo artisan markets in Ecuador are known to be the largest indigenous markets in South America.  You can visit the markets every day but the best day is on a Saturday which is the time that many of the indigenous come to Otavalo to sell their...

Manabi Ecuador

by David SheeshkaIf you are preparing a plan for Manabi travel, you must know some important facts about Manabi which will help to make your trip a better and successful one. Facts about Manabi include a number of things which are necessary for the tourists coming to...

Loja, Ecuador: Hidden Gem or Diamond in the Rough?

by CourtneyVivaTropicalLocated in the nation’s Southern Sierra, Loja, Ecuador, may very well be one of the country’s most underrated retirement destinations.  Known as the “Valley of Smiles,” it’s a friendly village whose amenities rival, if not exceed, those of some...

Latacunga – Mama Negra Pageant

The small town of Latacunga an hour and a half south of Quito will hold its annual Mama Negra pageant on Saturday the 9th of November, 2013.  This is a very popular and colorful celebration which is held on the second Saturday of November each year. The festival is...

Montanita

    Montanita is a magical place, a small village along the southern coast of Ecuador. We experienced Montanita with a friend who had been visiting thisarea sincehe was a teenager as he loves surfing and snorkelling. Magnificent unspoilt beaches, world-classsurfing...

Inca Ruins – Cuenca

    I was picked up in a mini-van at about 8.30 a.m. in the morning.  As I live here I was picked up from the Ore Verde Hotel, but generally you will be picked up outside your hotel. Our guide for the day was Diego who had a great sense of humor. The ruins...

Galapagos Islands

Ecuador & Galapagos from Michele Di Fede on Vimeo. Your Galapagos vacation is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  So why not do it your way?  Combine cruise boats, island-hopping, and diving, plus consider adding these exciting options: 2-3 day extensions to San...

Cotacachi

An up and coming expat destinationby Gary Kesinger Cotacachi, Ecuador is a town on the move. While a few years ago, it was a little-known village that catered to tourists intent on buying leather products, it is now becoming a popular destination for retirees and...

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