Thrills abound in Ecuador. The country’s soaring volcanoes, deep jungles, miles of beaches and the wealth of the Galapagos Islands make it many an active explorer’s playground. For those looking to broaden their horizons while making the most of the country’s adventurous spirit, here are ten things to consider putting on the list. Check back with this site weekly for a new series featuring adventure in Ecuador.
Walking into a new place and feeling a different energy in the air is invigorating. Hubs can be restaurants, expat hangouts, motorcycle rental shops or the only cafe in town that serves good coffee. When travelling in Ecuador, make sure you check the following place out for the companionship of fellow travellers and the expertise of those who find themselves the proprietors of the establishments themselves
Ecuador’s changes in latitude spans beyond the sharp contrasts of the land. Navigating the culture is another set of directions to master which sometimes leave the newly arrived traveller and the long-term expat a bit sideways. Facts of life that people run out of change, taxis need to be vetted and negotiated with and that there are few places to get a Guinness are commonly covered on TripAdvisor and other travel forums.
Apart from the every day nuisances needed to successfully navigate the hills and valleys of the country, there are other points on the compass to be considered while traversing the land. This is an introduction to a new series about travel hacks for living and travelling in Ecuador and why you need them. Subscribe to the Bucketlist here, like us on Facebook or check back weekly for new posts about Ecuador and its hotspots.
To the South of Quito, Banos takes travellers from city to outdoor fun within a four hour journey. The city’s facade is of sport, confection and tom foolery, but its heart echos the spirit of adventure. Rock climbers, white-water hounds, cyclists and hikers all meet daily at the center of town for a morning’s coffee … Continue reading
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.
There is an intangible element to travel and adventure, a force that compels one forward, stretching the boundaries between the known and the unknown, The feeling one gets when boarding a plane to sites unseen, the excitement of finding an undiscovered destination, the joy of standing in a small Andean town surrounded by vast stretches of lush green mountains all stem from this vague but welcome element.
There is a lot on the travel forums about Quito.. Not much of it is good. I tend to take a slight offense at this as I have lived here for a few years and love the diversity and different areas of the city. Old Town, Guapalo, and many other areas of the city are definitely a reflection of Quito as a whole. This is something I didn´t really get when I first arrived as I needed to travel around the country to see the different people and places to understand the city and the people who move here for work and to live. Ask any taxi driver where their from or your waiter or waitress at a restaurant and you will be amazed at the places that people have moved from.. The coast, the orient, the mountains, everyone has a story to tell about why they came to Quito.