The Hotlist, Quito-Swing Original Monks-Be Monk!

Quito’s diverse Musical and cultural hotspots are constantly changing and growing. The local music scene which just a few short years ago consisted of a lot of death metal, has now been over-run with fun-loving, original, 10 piece bands rocking the house both far and wide. Check back with this blog weekly to find out more about the scene with the hotlist, Quito.

Swing Original Monks are a genre unto themselves. The band at times is camp but the music is a tight fusion of swing, jazz, bluegrass, conga and whatever else they feel like throwing in during the moment. Baseline’s bounce and jump, guitar riffs wander and come pounding back while the drums keep the beat with the rest of the band setting up the moment to pounce.

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New Article about Canoa on Travelsort

I´ve been writing articles here and there for different travel sites as a way to get the word out about some really cool people and places in Ecuador. I focus on people whoI know who are continually coming up with new things or have been here for years and are still going strong. Hopefully they help people who are headed this way as guidebooks often get things wrong and they are dated even if it´s a recent edition. Click the screenshot to read about Canoa, The Surf Shak and the Betty Surf and Yoga camp!

Passion and Prose-Ayngelina around the world from Bacon is Magic!

 A suprising rule of thumb that I´ve found since I´ve been in Ecuador is that people travelling here tend to find what they are looking for!  After all the worry, the planning, and the stress of making the trip actually happen I´ve seen people arrive in Quito and the circumstances that they find themselves in … Continue reading

Three Places in Ecuador That I would Visit Again

The travel forums are full of people looking for advise on places to go and see in Ecuador.  These  include the Galapagos, the jungle and the coast.  Having travelled a fair amount in the hills, along the beaches and into the jungle, there are at least ten places that I would revisit and a few … Continue reading

New Article about Cotopaxi and the Quilotoa loop

Surfing, Adventure Sports and Volunteering with Patricia White at the South American Explorers Club in Quito

Patricia’s adventurous spirit led her to Ecuador over 5 years ago. Since then she has pioneered in creating active travel excursions for volunteers, climbers, surfers and students.

Working for International Student Volunteers, she created itineraries and led groups of students around the country, especially to communities off the beaten path.

Wednesdays Musings.. The One in Ten Rule.

I am sitting in the back of a taxi speeding across Quito on a street that traverses the gap between new and old towns. Skyscrapers give way to parks filled with people playing soccer, kids driving pedal cars and vendors selling everything from snacks, ponchos, paintings and brightly colored blankets. The intense Quito sun is currently doing battle with the ominous storm clouds gathering overhead.

Live Music Jam Every Wednesday at Zocalo

Live Music Jam Every Wednesday Night at Zocalo!     Funky Beats, Fresh Music and Good People!   3 Dollar Cover Charge, 2 Dollar Budwisers, Bar Menu, Open Mic and Hip House Band  and Good Times…  

Savvy Saturday-Volunteer Gig´s in Ecuador

The Secret Garden, Cotopaxi is looking for volunteers to manage their country hostel.  Ideally they are looking for someone who is planning on staying for a few months.  The hostel is located forty-five minutes from Machachi and is a short drive to the north gate of Cotopaxi National Park.  There is no internet or tv, … Continue reading

The Scoop Behind The Secret Garden, Quito

The Secret Garden was started by Katherine and Tarquin Hill, an Ecuadorian/ Aussie couple who met and lived abroad. The building that it is housed in is actually Katherine mothers, who lives in an apartment there.

Their aim was to provide a place where travellers could feel comfortable, meet others in a casual social setting, and get reliable information about travelling in Ecuador.

They started small and worked together with other family members to get the word out. Often this meant going to the bus station and finding travellers looking for accomidation and offering them a room. When it started a dorm room was .50 cents.

Since then they have put beds in every possible corner of the five-story building as their hard work has been successful and they turn people away daily. They also have a travel agent on premises, a spanish school, and breakfast and dinner served on the fifth story terrace.