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  • The Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve

    A significant portion of Ecuador’s land area has been set aside as parkland, preserves and reserves that do not allow any human exploitation of their copious floral and faunal resources. One of ...

  • Giant Tortoises of the Galápagos

    It is said that Ecuador’s greatest treasure is the group of islands off its coast called the Galápagos. Discovered by accident when a Spanish ship making the Panama-Peru run was blown off course ...

  • Eloy Alfaro, the Greatest Ecuadorian

    Like many of South America’s fledgling nations, Ecuador in the 19th century sought to find stability amid contesting conservative and liberal forces. In general, periods of harsh conservative ...

  • Abdalá Bucaram, "A Crazy Man Who Loves"

    “They call me Crazy Abdalá, but madmen speak from the heart and see with their soul”. So says Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz, and the man has always practiced what he has preached. Just who is this guy, ...

  • The Greenback Goes South: Dollarization in Ecuador

    Dollarization is the practice of using a foreign currency, in this case the US dollar, in parallel or instead of a nation’s own currency. The main advantage for a country’s using the dollar is ...

  • Marine Iguanas of the Galápagos

    Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands are known for their many unique and interesting animals that live nowhere else in the world. Most people, if asked, would probably mention the Giant Tortoises as ...

  • Ecuador’s Rivalry of the Cities

    Most countries experience some degree of rivalry between different regions or their larger cities like New York and Los Angeles, Tokyo and Osaka, and so on. Often these rivalries are played out ...

  • An Ecolodge in Ecuador

    The Finca Punta Ayampe Ecolodge is a prime example of the new wave of vacation destinations that cater to those who want more than the stereotypical tourist experience. For so-called ...

  • Ecuador’s 500-year War

    Ecuador is one of South America’s smaller countries but that doesn’t mean its territorial ambitions are small - quite the opposite. In fact, a simmering border dispute with southern neighbor ...

  • No Blank Walls in Quito, Ecuador

    There is a saying in Ecuador: “No wall is blank in Quito.” This can mean two different things. One is that a wall that appears to be blank is actually a canvas that was created to be painted. ...