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3-day trip to the flowering of the Guayacanes in Loja, Ecuador

The trip to the flowering of the Guayacanes in Loja starts at the 28th of January. This blossoming only occurs once a year and you can enjoy it by taking a trip with this agency.

Please contact them directly:
Honorato Vásquez 5-98 & Hermano Miguel (Cuenca, Ecuador)
http://www.arutamecotours.com
Email: arutamecotours@gmail.com
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Trip Flowering of Guayacanes, Loja, Ecuador

 

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Seasonal Weather in Ecuador

Christmas Day is already gone, so we can start preparing and planning for our 2015 winter vacations… Here is Ecuador Seasonal Map to help you plan on the right time of the year to visit this country.

As you will notice it details mainly the seasonal climate changes in the highlands of Ecuador. Now this days most locals say that weather has change a lot, it used to be rainy season between December to May, but in these days, it could rain any time of the year in Quito, Ecuador.

If you are visiting the highlands of Ecuador like Quito or Cuenca do bring warm extra clothing for those rainy and cooler days.

Ecuador Highland Climate

Cuenca, Ecuador – Singles Social Mixer with Tapas served

global_319795202Cuenca Singles is sponsoring a Social Mixer for Singles in Cuenca. We have had a large number of new people who have become members in the past few months. Our membership is now approaching 200. We welcome all singles to this mixer as a way to meet new single people, network, and make new friends.

Link to Meetup Cuenca Singles: http://www.meetup.com/Cuenca-Singles/
The mixer will be at Paladar’s Restaurant beginning at 7:00 – 9:00. The $10.00 cover charge covers your first drink and there will be tapas served by strolling waiters during the evening. Reservations are required and should be made at Palaarsdinnerclub.com. Please only make a reservation if you are sure you are coming because food quantities will be planned according to the number of reservations. Music will be available for those who may want to dance and spaces will be available to congregate for those who would just like to socialize. Please contact Bob Higgins with questions.

Guayaquil, Latin America’s New Hidden City!

I found this informative and positive post about Guayaquil which is quite refreshing. In this article, Mr. Tom Kadala (www.researchpays.wordpress.com ) touch on the fundamental reasons why Guayaquil is a ‘hidden treasure’ for investors and highlights the key drivers that will soon make this former sleepy town on the west coast of South America into an extension of New York City.

Guayaquil, Perla del Pacific – (Pearl from the Pacific Ocean) –due to its privileged location on the Pacific coast facilities all trades and businesses; also it is an strategic hub for the global economy of Ecuador, Latin America, EU and USA.

I agree that Guayaquil has good potential, and it is going towards a modest business friendly environment. It is easy to fly in and out of Guayaquil airport and airport procedures and security is much better in Ecuador.

The biggest limiter for Ecuador is its size, but the best things are: the geographic location, and its industrious, entrepreneurial, courageous, and determined people. I believe Ecuador is becoming one of the most important and successful countries in all of South America over the next five years.

Thanks Tom Kadala for you insight view on Guayaquil!

Tom Kadala

Known mainly for its prehistoric inhabitants, the Galapagos Islands located off the coast of Ecuador has always overshadowed its bustling port-of-call, the City of Guayaquil.  To attract some of the 450,000 annual tourist that bypass the city on their way to the Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil’s long term Mayor, Jaime Nebot, has been busy rebuilding his city hoping to convince some of these visitors to stay a night or two longer.  New roads, malls, conference facilities, and two ambitious proposals to modernize their port facilities to world class standards has started to turn heads.  For investors who dig deep into the numbers, they may be pleasantly surprised to find a growing middle class grounded on socialist beliefs but ready and able to respond to international business demands.  

In mid-September of 2012, Guayaquil’s mayor and his entourage presented their case to investor groups in New York City.  Mayor Nebot openly solicited…

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Ecuador once again acclaimed as a world tourist destination.

World Travel Awards recognizes the best of South & Central American tourism:  Ecuador was awarded last weekend with the title of South America’s Leading Green Destination.

Ecuador’s World Travel Awards:
2014 South America’s Leading Green Destination
2014 South America’s Leading Tourist Board
2013 World’s Leading Green Destination

The World Travel Awards™ is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards program in the global travel and tourism industry. To be voted a World Travel Award™ winner is an accolade which many strive for but few achieve.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It has been an honor to host our annual South & Central America Gala Ceremony here in Quito, Ecuador. From the moment we arrived we have been made to feel at home by the members of Quito Tourism, and their professionalism, endeavor and initiative are the envy of the world.”
He added: “We have seen some regional leaders recognized here tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to them all. World Travel Awards voters have cast their ballots and selected the best in South American tourism. I look forward to greeting all of our winners in Morocco for the Grand Final in November.”

For the WTA 2014 edition, Ecuador was nominated in 18 different categories:

South America’s Leading Tourist Board
Ministerio de Turismo
South America’s Leading Beach Destination
Bartolomé – Galápagos
South America’s Leading Business Travel Destination
Guayaquil y Quito
South America’s Leading City Break Destination
Guayaquil
South America’s Leading Culinary Destination
Ecuador
South America’s Leading Cultural Destination
Ecuador
South America’s Leading Green Destination
Ecuador
South America’s Leading Heritage Destination
  Ecuador
South America’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination
Guayaquil y Quito
South America’s Leading Airoport
Aeropuerto Internacional “Mariscal Sucre” – Quito
South America’s Leading Destination
Galápagos y Quito
South America’s Leading Luxury Train
Tren Crucero
South America’s Leading Boutique Hotel
Casa Gangotena – Quito
South America’s Leading Business Hotel
  Hotel Oro Verde – Guayaquil
South America’s Leading Conference Hotel
Swissotel – Quito
South America’s Leading Green Hotel
Finch Bay Eco Hotel y Mashpi Lodge
South America’s Leading Hotel Suite
Suite presidencial del JW Marriott Hotel – Quito
South America’s Leading Resort
Arasha Tropical Fores Resort & Spa

 

Reference and source: www.worldtravelawards.com

Theses pictures will show the elegance and variety displayed at all events here in Ecuador, enjoy them:

 

 

Great Ecuadorian support for its soccer team.

Even though Ecuador is out of the FIFA World Cup 2014, you can watch in this Coca Cola promotional video the love of its people for their local team players. Soccer it is a big sport here in Ecuador, many poor children in Ecuador dream of becoming a soccer player as a ticket out into prosperity, for its family, and even its own community.

Way to go Ecuador Soccer Team of 2014! you played well and with honor, see you in the next Worl Cup.

 

Watch “All you need is Ecuador #AllYouNeedIsEcuador” on YouTube

Ecuador – World’s Leading Green Destination

All lovers of nature tourism have in Ecuador an ideal country to find different ecosystems and natural wonders very close to each other. For that reason, it was awarded the World Travel Award for best Green Destination in 2013.

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With this recognition Ecuador was paired with destinations as: 2012 – Machu Pichu, Peru; 2010-2011 – Cousine Island, Seychelles; 2007-2009, Tobago Main Ridge Rain Forest; 2008 – Costa Rica.
The awards sponsored and directed by the prestigious Wall Street Journal, conduct their selection through a strict selection process which involved more than half a million travel professionals and consumers of direct travels (Selected Voyagers) from over 170 countries and all continents.

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CONNECTIVITY: Reaching this beautiful country, Ecuador is simple, as it is located in a privileged place where you can enjoy four different worlds (Regions) within little distance from each other. Ecuador has enabled 27 airports in its different provinces.

 

Online source: http://www.ecuador.travel.com is an excellent website to get travel information and latest news about Ecuador – Text and Images from: http://visit.ecuador.travel/destinoverde/en

 

 

 

Carnaval in Ecuador = Traveling around Ecuador

Carnaval 2014:

Great time off to take advantage and travel to new places in Ecuador. With four days in our hand, we decided to travel up the highland in to the amazing Andes Mountains to the Province of Chimborazo (named after this wonder of nature, the Chimborazo Volcano). I will share my pictures that can show you how fun it was and a really interesting gastronomic adventure. I decide way before the trip started that I will try just any interesting local treat along the road.

We planned to drive through local highways up to the mountains, which gave me a chance to check all that luscious vegetation that can only be found in a place like Ecuador,  from the tropical Coastal greenery to the dry high altitude -Paramo- vegetation when crossing the Chimborazo.

Our trip was going to start at 5 am, which meant that BK was our first option to try on the road trip. So our first food stop was Pallatanga, which is a very small town about 3 hours from Guayaquil, just when entering in the Province of Chimborazo and the road starts claiming up hill. Here we found a Tortillas shop with the most amazing natural herbal infusion that really help me with the altitude and the cool weather.

Another purpose of this trip to the Chimborazo Province was any woman’s favorites: shopping, I was told that in the Town of Guano (another 2 hours on our road trip), I could find great leather shows, handbags and any leather accessory… they were so right, I was in real need for flats, and I found the most amazing designs and colors, also they felt so soft that I bought 3 pairs at $35 USD each, all leather and fit me perfectly.

Since was late morning, we needed a small snack, what better treat then CHOLITAS… is the one hundred year old traditional delight in this village. CHOLAS, what? Yes, Cholas, here I’ll explain. A Chola is made of a sort of biscuit like dough, with a center stuffed with delicious brown sugar, it is rolled into a ball and later baked in a wood-burning oven. You usually get 7 for a dollar.

After this treat, we decided to head back to the City of Riobamba for a quick lunch and to visit the place, this was about a 25 min drive from Guano. Here the traffic was chaotic,  a lot of road construction and everybody was on the streets playing Carnaval, that is a serious festivity here up the mountains of Ecuador…. And we had to be so careful on avoiding no to get wet or hit with water balloons or Carioca foam…

Sadly Carnival in Ecuador has been known to be quite savage. Living it up has come to mean dousing your neighbors, family, friends and any other passerby with every liquid imaginable. The water is sometimes topped off with flour to make you a really sticky mess. There is Carioca a colored foam similar to shaving cream that has become very popular. It’s also less messy. 🙂

A law prohibiting Carnival savagery has been passed in Ecuador. During the weeks leading up to the days of partying, repeated television announcements are run urging the people to play nice.

Carnival used to be a two week affair in Ecuador, but with this new law you are usually safe up until the weekend before Ash Wednesday. And the streets are not safe with players seen in all out war, armed with their buckets and water guns.

So we basically decided to go for a quick bite in the City of Riobamba, park the car close to a deli that look nice and run in to avoid getting wet. On our way out getting into our car, one of us was almost hit by water thrown from a passing car, good thing they missed the shot, we just drove fast out of the city.

Our next stop was this nice Hacienda Hotel located between Rioabamba and Ambato. An incredible Spanish style hotel, every detail was in place for a great boutique experience, what an amazing lodging place… La Andaluza.

 

We enjoy our stay at the Hosteria, and for the next days we took small trips around the area to visit different highlights in the central part of Ecuador, like The Chimborazo Volcano were we found Vicuñas; and El Tren del Hielo (dress warm since it is 3600 meters above sea level and gets cold). Also Villages like Lago de Colta, Penie and Guayabamba.

On the way back, we decided to visit another Province of Ecuador, Bolivar, I need to taste those local hand made cheese, chocolates, and other sweets.. Salinas de Guaranda, in the Province of Bolivar, images speak by themselves, we bought Mozzarella and Fresh Cheese, Home made marmalade, cocoa tablets to make hot chocolate and few sweets for our friends back home.

Road Conditions — Most of the major highways in Ecuador are in pretty decent shape. But once you venture off the major thoroughfares, the situation deteriorates dramatically.

Even the major highways and tourist destinations are only sporadically marked with up-to-date signs and markers. And once you get off the beaten path, you may not encounter any signs or indications as you pass intersection after intersection.

Always keep an eye out for the sudden appearance of a pedestrian, bicycle rider, dog, or cow, even on major highways. It’s best to avoid driving at night, as very few roads or highways are illuminated.

The road through the Province of Bolivar was in a poor condition, there were lots of pot halls and un even pave road, which made driving difficult and slow us down a lot. It is always hard to drive in Ecuador; the way locals drive plus weather conditions like fog can be very challenging. It is best if you opt for the help of a local driver, or take your time to familiarize with local driving before you hit the road.

 

Some of my friends decides to visit some beach locations in Ecuador, they complain of a large crowd and everything more expensive than usual. Maybe is good to avoid those local’s hot spots and travel some other great places in Ecuador, check in the near future some of the images send by my friends..

Enjoy Ecuador, until next time…. Adios.

Tourism by TRAIN in Ecuador – Tren Crucero Ecuador

A new Touristic Train service is ready in Ecuador – Tren Crucero – following an investment of some $280 million, and the rehabilitation of 456 km (283 miles) of the country’s railway system. This amazing Ecuadorian Tour service aims at the high-end of the market that is ready to ride the rails.

The “Tren Crucero” will travel from the Guayaquil on the Coast to Quito, or vice versa, with overnight stays in traditional haciendas, and between visits to colorful indigenous markets, museums, towns, farms and national parks aboard the innovative carriages.

They offer 1 to 4-day adventure tours which will be an experience for all your senses. This will bring you into close contact with the Ecuadorian people and the landscapes of the Andes and Coastal regions. A once of a life time experience while riding aboard real comfortable custom-designed carriages – and, the train is using restored 20th-century steam locomotives.

 The route includes the dramatic “Devil’s Nose” segment which connects the Andes and the Coast, the main reason the Ecuadorian system is regarded as “the most difficult railway in the world”.

 The four thematically-styled carriages will carry 54 guests through different fascinating regions, people and culture. Two of the four carriages are furnished with tables and chairs where guests can enjoy a light aperitif, read a book or simply enjoy the scenery picturistic view through large windows. One of these coaches is equipped with personal lockers for storage, while a fourth one offers a coffee bar where the crew will serve beverages and snacks including Ecuadorian favorites.

 The last carriage of the Tren Crucero consists of two sections: the first with a lounge area for socializing, and the second with an open terrace where guests can travel viewing all the elements as the train winds through Ecuador’s majestic landscapes.

 Train trips includes: the train ride, overnights in selected hotels or haciendas, Ecuadorian meals in each region, guided excursions to main natural and cultural attractions, bilingual English/Spanish guides, excursions aboard a tourist bus.

 The crew who will assist guests on board has been hand-picked and trained to the highest standards in customer service. This team will be led by the Train Director, responsible for the train operators, guides, stewards and all service staff.

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