New Article about Cotopaxi and the Quilotoa loop

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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.

Volunteer at the Secret Garden, Quito

If you have a month to spare and would like to save some money while getting to know Quito, The Secret Garden Hostel and it’s guests and staff, and have hospitality experience, email me at savvytravellerecuador@gmail.com.

The Galapagos Post Office

When someone mentions the Galapagos I think of wildlife, cruises, pirates,and the U.S. Navy using the location as a base during wartime.  If pressed I might come up with a few different people I know who can help with a trip there or a volunteer trip to three islands that I think is a pretty … Continue reading

Passion and Prose-Ailish Brennan

  I first met Ailish when she stayed in Quito at first at the Secret garden and the worked with her boyfriend, Max, at Finn McCool’s where I worked.  Ailish’s an Irish lass through and through.  Her red hair, fiery spirit, humor, and straight up no bull attitude got the bar standing at attention any … Continue reading

Updates from Quito

In the last month someone from couchsurfing contacted me and she is now working teaching for friends with a family who own a hostel in Cotopaxi.  I met and befriended three people travelling from Columbia who met at a hostel there and decided to buy a twenty person bus to take friends and people they … Continue reading