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Traveler Health Declaration now required prior to boarding

New requirements are now in force when entering Ecuador.  From 30th August 2021, a Traveler Health Declaration (Declaración de Salud del Viajero) is required to be submitted at the point of origin. Previously, a similar health form was required to be submitted upon entry to Ecuador.  [COMUNICADO] A partir de este 30 de agosto de […]

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Santa Marianita - The Complete Guide

Whilst Santa Marianita has been famous in kitesurfing circles for quite a few years, it's only recently started to emerge as a popular destination for expats and travelers looking for a more rustic alternative to the busier beaches such as Manta, Montanita & Ayampe.  On a personal level, I hold this fishing village close to […]

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Why you should consider a Galapagos trip right now

Have you ever wondered what Charles Darwin was thinking as he first set eyes on the Galapagos?  Right now could be the best opportunity you’ll ever get to visit the Galapagos in a state that’s as close to when he arrived on his faithful Beagle in 1835.  You see, one of the biggest threats to […]

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Piedra de Agua vs Pumamaqui - Battle of Cuenca's Hot Springs

Cuenca is blessed with several fantastic hot spring options. Our two favorites are Piedra de Agua and Termas Pumamaqui. Whilst both are great, they are very different offerings. We love being able to choose the experience that best resonates with us each time we want a relaxing soak. Hopefully, you'll also be able to use […]

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Horse Riding at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista (Cuenca)

Our family recently spent a lovely morning enjoying one of Cuenca's best horse riding tours. We regularly go to Centro Equestre Bellavista for classes, but this was the first time we've had the opportunity to go for an extended 2-hour horse ride through the mountains and valleys surrounding the property. And, we loved it. The […]

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Cuenca Horse Riding Tours & Schools

Fast Facts Where 15-45 minutes from Cuenca Cost Private tours around $25/hr, one-day group tours around $80/day. Schools $5-$10/lesson Ages 4+ What to bring Warm clothes, enclosed shoes, water, sunscreen, tips for guides How to book Varies by provider. We've included links for each. Why we love horse riding in Cuenca Cuenca is a great […]

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How I Ended Up in Ecuador

Just a few short years ago I hadn't even heard of Cuenca. In fact, I knew very little about Ecuador. Fast forward to now. I'm happily settled in Ecuador and living a comfortable life. Even amidst the global pandemic that has been thrown upon us. This is my Ecuador origin story. It's probably not what […]

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Horse Riding in Ecuador

Horse riding in Ecuador has a long history. The Spanish conquistadores brought horses with them in 1534, gradually leading to cattle and horses taking over the pastoral lands traditionally occupied by llamas and alpacas.  Ecuadorian horse riding has since revolved around haciendas. These large properties are scattered all over Ecuador and some still rely on […]

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Do I need a return ticket to enter Ecuador?

Ecuadorian immigration officers are unlikely to need a return or onward ticket, but your airline might! Don't get caught out. Especially with all of COVID related airline rule changes, I wouldn't risk turning up to the check-in counter without some type of proof of onward travel.  I've been caught out a couple of times trying […]

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Ecuador Blogs Worth Reading in 2020

Finding updated, quality information on traveling and living in Ecuador can be like bobbing for apples - after many searches you might get lucky & find a winner.  So, I've compiled the following shortlist of Ecuador blogs and resources that you can use as a starting off point. Each of these resources has been helpful […]

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