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Ecuador

Rio Mindo
Ecuador

Mindo, Ecuador: beautiful Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism is what brings nearly 200,000 tourists annually to Mindo, usually to decompress after visiting the Galapagos. Eco-tourism is key to the beauty of this town located in the Mindo-Namillo Cloud Forest of Ecuador, a short 2.5 hour bus trip…

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Fishing boats in the harabor
Ecuador

Ecuador: Puerto Lopez

The small fishing village of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador offers relaxing entertainment:  exploring Isla de la Plata, ocean kyaking, whale watching, cloud forest with birds and monkeys, or simply relaxing on Playa los Frailes (Ecudor’s most beautiful beach). Tours Isla de…

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Pacha sign in front of chocolate factory.
Ecuador

Chocolates Pacha: Bean to Bar

Tourists visit Puerto Lopez, Ecuador for three major reasons: Isla de la Plata, whale watching and the beach. What they miss is a lesson in fine chocolate making at Chocolates Pacha. Angel Zurita and Veronica Alvarez, owners, begin by cultivating…

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Ecuador, South America

Saddle Up in Ecuador

We cantered along the ancient Inca trade routes with vistas stretching to eternity. While descending on a narrow track into the less-traveled Zuleta Valley, the sky darkened. A mist hit us and a few drops fell on my cheeks. Instead…

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