Ecuador

December, 2015

  • 10 December

    Ziplines, Chocolate and Cuddly Chickens in Mindo, Ecuador

    I’m splayed out, face first, belly down, strapped to a cable suspended high above the ground and surrounded by lush green forest. The guide strapped in behind me is counting “uno, dos…” and when he reaches “tres” he pushes off from the wooden platform. I gasp as we zoom through the air. My arms spread wide, my hair blowing everywhere, …

June, 2015

  • 16 June

    The Middle of the World – Visiting both Equators in Quito, Ecuador

    While we were in Quito, Ecuador we got a chance to visit the equator. In fact, we had enough time to visit both of them. Yes, both of them. The location of the original equator was pinpointed by Charles-Marie de La Condamie on an expedition in 1736. However, this was well before the invention of accurate GPS systems and he …

May, 2015

  • 22 May

    Can’t Afford the Galapagos? Go to Isla De La Plata Instead

    While we were in Ecuador, we didn’t go to the famously remote and biodiverse Galapagos Islands. It’s not that we didn’t want to, we probably would have loved it. We simply decided that the trip (including flights and wildlife tours) would cost us thousands of dollars and that was a little too much for our digital nomad lifestyle budget. So, …

March, 2015

  • 18 March

    Spotting Sea Lions in Salinas, Ecuador

    It was hard to see it at first – its mottled brown fur blended in with the wet rocks along the shore – but I squealed with excitement when I spotted it. It was a big, fat sea lion, lazily sprawled on the rocks only a few metres from the pier Lee and I were standing on. It rolled slowly …

February, 2015

  • 13 February

    Chasing Waterfalls – Abseiling down the Rio Blanco in Baños, Ecuador

    Strapped in from head to toe in a wet suit, hip harness and countless carabiners, I was attached to a rope suspending me above a roaring waterfall in the rainforest just outside Baños, Ecuador. The Go Pro camera stuck to the helmet of our tour guide was focused on me and I could hear the faint noise of everyone cheering …

  • 13 February

    La Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito – A Harrowing Climb but a Spectacular View

    “Don’t look down. Don’t look down.” I pleaded with myself while gripping the metal rungs of the steep ladder-like staircase along the side of the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador. However, telling yourself not to look down has the same effect as telling yourself not to think about pink elephants. Naturally, it’s the first thing you do. So …

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