Ecuador Travel Articles

DarAnne Dunning
Frigatebird in the Galapagos Islands
Julia Kocubinski
Playing a charango at the local market in Otavalo, Ecuador
Sue Perkins
Cotopaxi Volcano with snow
Jonathan Brunger
Boat ride to Sacha Lodge
Brian Morgan
Iguana found during a Galapagos wildlife cruise
See Blue-footed Boobies on your trip to the Galapagos
Sue Perkins
Galapagos Penguins
DeAnn Phillips
With our favorite tortoise in the Galapagos
Brian Vargish
Marti Davis
Kayaking away


A Dramatic Environment
Ecuador is known for its unpredictable landscape that makes it prone to natural disasters ranging from flooding to earthquakes. Get to know this area better through this informative article.
A Father and Son Odyssey
One traveler describes his adventure to the Amazon and the cloudforest of Ecuador with his son.
About Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
Explore, hike and look for birds and orchids on your Ecuador tour at the Bellavista cloud forest lodge, enjoy the gourmet food and just relax, or tackle a real adventure to the hidden falls!
Activities and Weather
Activities and weather tips for Amazon jungle tours
Adventure Life and the Rainforest Alliance
Adventure Life and the Rainforest Alliance have established a partnership to promote tourism operations that are part of the Rainforest Alliance\'s Best Management Practices in Sustainable Tourism Program.
Advice for High Altitude
Tips for coping with high altitude on your Adventure Life tour.
An Overview of Ecuador
Ecuador\'s history includes a mixing of indigenous and European cultures as a new Creole society evolved. Learn about their culture, religion, language and foods.
Andean Music and Dance
A traveler's description of Andean music, instruments used in Ecuadorian music, and the role that music and dance play in Andean culture.
Betty Ann\'s Story
Betty Ann Morgan takes another trip to San Vincente de Paul Orphanage in Quito, and revisits the people and the places that continue to make such an impact on her life.
Cabañas Quilatoa
Read about Ecuador\'s Gringo Trail that includes popular destinations such as Otavalo, Quito, Latacunga, Banos, Riobamba and Cuena. Here\'s one travelers account of their experience off the beaten Gringo Trail.
Community Grants
Adventure Life has an annual, ongoing grant program that provides funding for small, grassroots projects in the countries we visit. Organizations and/or projects are nominated by our local partners.
Dave & Val’s Ecuadorian Adventures, 2008
Adventure Life travelers, Dave and Val LaHart, share a travel tale about their experiences during our Wildlife Odyssey trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon and Galapagos Islands.
Delay of Pipeline Construction
January 2003, Press Release: Delay of pipeline construction in Ecuador\'s Amazon stands in the way of Citigroup loan guarantees.
Do You Travel Responsibly?
A helpful list of questions to ask your travel company to better understand the type of impact your trip might have on the local people and environment.
Ecuador Rainforest Adventure
Travelogue from an Adventure Life Ecuador jungle tour. Chronicles the traveler's stay at Nativo Lodge and experience canoeing through the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Ecuador: An Adventure with Diversity
Ecuador is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. Learn about the different terrains of the the Amazon, Andes, and Galapagos Islands.
Family Travel in Ecuador
Ecuador is an ideal destination for families interested in educational travel. With four distinct ecosystems in a relatively small area, travelers can experience a high degree of natural diversity in a short period of time.
Galapagos Travel Journal - Betty Wittels
Get a first-hand account of an Adventure Life traveler and her experience in Ecuador and the Galapagos. Betty traveled with us to the Galapagos onboard the Diamante.
Grant Report: Science lab at Maria Guarderas School Guitig
Science lab at Maria Guarderas School Guitig in Cotopaxi, Ecuador was a recipient of an Adventure Life grant. Here is an update on how their funding was put to use.
Health Tips for Going to the Jungle
Health advice for Amazon tours, including advice for avoiding traveler\'s diarrhea and malaria, as well as recommended vaccinations and boosters.
Holiday Travel Tips for Your Adventure Trips!
Planning for great holiday travel is about being smart and traveling well — work out all the kinks in advance, keep a cool head, and you’ll set yourself up for smooth-sailing.
Jungle Packing Tips
Essentials and useful items for your Amazon jungle trip. For an Amazon adventure trip everyone should pack accordingly.
Las Fiestas Patrias
Visit Peru and Ecuador during independence days, celebrated as Las Fiestas Patrias. Their holidays, both observed near the end of July, commemorate the birthday of military leader Simon Bolivar. A look at the history of Peru and Ecuador's quest for indepe
Longline Fishing Threatens Galapagos Islands
The International Galapagos Tour Operator Assocation is fighting proposals to introduce longline fishing to the islands. Here\'s more information about what longline is and how you can help save the Galapagos Islands.
Narcisse\'s Amazon Travel Journal
Discover the real Amazon adventure experiencing through the eyes of Bakhsh Narcisse, an Ecuadorian traveler: the sounds of nature, the indigenous tribes, beauty all around, and the gizillion flies. Check it out before you travel.
New 15-Day Itineraries in the Galapagos
2012 is officially bringing some of the most significant changes to Galapagos tourism that the islands have encountered in decades. New 15-day circuits designs with conservation in mind.
People, Mountains and Spirits in the Andes
The Andes Mountain Range includes so much more than an unforgettable trekking circuit. The rural countryside of the Andes and its inhabitant offer travelers true contact with the beauty, culture and mystery of the Andes.
Pintores de Tigua: Indigenous Artists of Ecuador
Enjoy these descriptions of Tigua art and its history. Tigua artists live southwest of Quito, high in the Ecuadorian Andes and are known for their colorful paintings of rural life.
Quito School of Art - Clashing Tides of Indigenous and European Culture
This article presents the Quitenian School of Art and the history of the struggle between indigenous and European culture that finally reached harmony.
Sacha Lodge Information
Information about Ecuador's premier rainforest lodge
Share Your Travels. Win a Trip Contest: Past Winners and Prizes
Our first journal contest was a terrific success. Take a look at the winning entries, as well as the incredible prizes, including an Alaska cruise and Antarctica adventure!
Sierra Negra Erupts in the Galapagos
Information about the tourist destination of Sierra Negra and it's recent eruption
Solving the Mysteries of Tipping
Questions regarding tipping adequate are some of the most common concerns travelers have when visiting a foreign country. And unfortunately, there is not a straight-forward, yes or no, answer to the tipping question. But we can offer some suggestions.
South American Packing Essentials
Packing advice, including a list of recommended essentials for trips to South America
This Isn't Your Traditional Galapagos Tour
Traditional Galapagos travel is changing. While taking a cruise is still the most popular way to explore the islands, new tours are offering unique and unusual ways to explore the beauty and the wonder of the Galapagos.
Tips on Capturing Your Travels
Get some helpful advice and tips on how to best capture your travels - wildlife, landscape, people and more -- on film.
To Weave for the Sun: Andean Weaving
A history of the textiles and Andean weavings that you'll find throughout Latin America, discover what you'll find while traveling thru indigenous markets like Ecuador's Otavalo market and the Pisac market of Peru.
Two National Parks Declared Off Limits to Drilling, Mining
Efforts to protect the Amazon, including how Adventure Life Amazon tours benefit the Cuyabeno reserve