About Jon


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This blog started when I first moved to Ecuador six years ago.  Then it was a way for me to get important and relevant information on a platform where people could find it as information on the internet isn’t always reliable and things change quickly here.

In its present day form it is a continuation of my work with Moon Travel Guides.  I took over the job of updating the current guide for the author, Ben Westwood.  The story goes that we met at a bar I where I was working called Uncle Ho’s in Quito.  At the time I was working as an editor for a year long project that Travelocity undertook.  We have stayed in touch since that time and when Ben needed help, I was quick to accept the job.

Since then I’ve talked to hundreds of people, visited countless cities and am in constant touch with people involved in tourism in Ecuador.

What I’ve learned is that when travelling here, one needs to find the hubs where travellers meet.  One small cafe, one bar on a quiet side street or one person on staff at the local hostal can make the difference between a trip and a trip of a lifetime.

While the Moon Travel Guide is in print and static, this blog aims to bridge the gap between the present and the written page.  Check back regularly for updates and stories about the people and places that make Ecuador a place to visit.

If you would like to contact me directly, email me at savvytravellerecuador@gmail.com

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One Response to “About Jon”
  1. Hey Jon, nice work. We just got some free air miles tickets off a credit card offer and for 30,000 miles each we are flying RT to Guyaquil and staying in SA for 3 months. Over the years we have traveled to 48 countries. In 2004 we started posting on Traveljournals.net, and by their count to date we are number 1 in visitors with over 4 million hits.
    We have been to Africa 6 times, and favor traveling in southern Africa by bus and staying at bush camps in our little dome tent. Have only been to Brazil in SA though as a child my wife lived in an oil camp in Venezuela.
    Yours is one of the most interesting sites we seen since we began looking into traveling in Ecuador and surrounding countries. We spent most our life in Austin and live music is an interest to us. Interesting to see your sticker about Uncle Ho’s.

    This past June we spent another month at Flatdogs Camp in Zambia with elephants and hippos walking through the camp. Our camping fee was $18 a day. In Costa Rica we like Montezuma on the coast, and stay at Luna Llena with the monkeys and the guest kitchen and awesome view for $35 a night. Would like to find a place like that .Would love to find town or backpackers or some place where we could hang out for two weeks to a month and walk around to photograph wildlife. Would need to have a bar where we could meet other travelers or a bar nearby. Heh.

    Keep up the good work.
    Robert and Laura Malone

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