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Ecuadorian Highlands and Beaches

Cuenca is a beautiful city and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With tranquil rivers, beautiful architecture, and surrounded by mountains in a cool and comfortable climate, we instantly adored this place.

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Cajas National Park
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Colin Sorenson
Today we drove back to Quito after great trip to Ecuador, one of my favorite countries. We hit the sack early at the Swissotel in order to catch a 6 AM international flight in the morning. Thanks …
Cajas National Park
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Colin Sorenson
This morning we slept in late, which around here means anything after 8 AM. We had a nice breakfast at the Hotel Marimba and then headed south to Muisne and Playa Bonita. When looking for a safe …
Cajas National Park
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Colin Sorenson
Today we descended about 9,000 ft as we headed west from Quito, to the northern coastal province of Esmeraldas, adjacent to Colombia. We joined Betty and Marcelo for a favorite weekend getaway of …
Cuenca
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Colin Sorenson
Today we fly back to Quito, the travel hub of the country, before make our way to the beach. The flight over the Andes Mountains was a little bumby for our taste, but I suppose that is pretty common …
Flowers of Ecuador
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Colin Sorenson
Today was another early start. Carlos, our guide for the day, arrived at 6 AM for our excursion to Ingapirca and the Devil's Nose Train Ride. It was about a 2-hour drive from Cuenca to Ingapirca, …
Pineapple plant?
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Colin Sorenson
Betty took it easy on us by scheduling a rather late pickup time for today's tour -- 8:30 AM. This allowed us time to get up and have a nice breakfast at Hotel Crespo and then enjoy a walk by the …
Cuenca
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Colin Sorenson
This morning we got up at 6:00 AM and had a nice breakfast before Betty and Marcelo picked us up at 7:30 to transfer us to the airport for our flight to Cuenca. Once in Cuenca, we checked into Hotel …
Cuenca
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Colin Sorenson
After leaving home at 4:30 AM, I finally made it to Quito just before 11 PM tonight. What a long trip! Note to self: bring socks and long sleeves for plane trips, even if it's 100 degrees in the …

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