Quito definitely has a new, still hidden, jewel in wide range of hotels : Boutique Hotel Portal de Cantuña recently opened in January 2012 – the 120 year old house which was the family home of the Sánchez family was completely refurbished in a period of 17 months and is now a tastefully decorated, comfortable [...]
The majority of the visitors choose an organized cruise and it is the most recommended way to discover the Galapagos islands: You can choose your ideal boat and itinerary according to your budget and individual interests and you get to see a maximum of the islands as you are doing the majority of sailing night [...]
Last weekend we did a short trip to the Cotopaxi National Park to get to know a new, beautiful hacienda: “Hacienda Santa Ana”, a property that belonged to the Jesuits in the 16th century. From the town of Machachi we had to drive up a bumpy, stony road passing by small indigenous villages. During the [...]
Ecuador is definitely a whitewater paradise…perfect for a rafting trip! Before coming here I had actually never thought about whitewater rafting before: don’t get me wrong…I am not a coward. I love rollercoasters with lots of loopings and I would consider myself as very open to trying new stuff and adventurous. But a rollercoaster ride [...]
The “Hat Less”” hole is a classic in the Jatunyacu River, is a class III, the most popular of the area, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon, the meaning of this Quichua name in English is “Big Water” Jatun=Big, Yacu=Water, the water is crystal clear haven’t been contaminated because it comes from the [...]
The Amazon is 7 million km2. It contains 20% of the water supply on the planet. Eight countries make up the Amazon: Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela. Although Ecuador contains only 7% of the Amazon, this portion nevertheless represents 51% of it’s the ecuadorian territory. This exquisite ecosystem is intimately linked with the main economic activit of Ecuador: the exploitation of oil. According to the records of the Ministry of Environment, there are 33 ecological reserves in Ecuador. Each faces different types of exploitation and risk factors, such as hunting, fishing, fires and pollution. Within these potentially harmful scenarios, the indigenous communities try to survive.
For mountains and adventure lovers, Ecuador is a dream coming true. In this country, which concentrates one of the greatest biodiversity on the planet, has 70 volcanoes, 14 in active state, 14 dormant volcanoes and 42 volcanoes in passive state.
The night bus from Quito to Coca leaves at 9:30 pm at the terminal of “Transportes Esmeraldas”on February 12th. The night bus back to Quito from Coca leaves at 8:30 pm or 9:30 pm on February 16th. (Recommendation: Please buy your tickets at least 3 days before the trip! If you prefer, we can buy the ticket for you!)
[singlepic id=147 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=right]Here are some facts you should know to help you prepare before visiting the Cotopaxi volcano and the refuge: Entrance Fee: The entrance fee to the Cotopaxi National Park is $10 for foreigners and $2 for Ecuadorians. Entry Times: Admission to the Cotopaxi National Park (through “control norte” and “control [...]