Ecuador


The iconic feet of the Blue-Footed Booby
A brief history of human impact on the Galapagos Islands The Galapagos first appeared on maps around 1570 with various explorers making stops but never settling on the islands.  Whalers and …
Me and one of my many friends
Enchanted Galapagos Wondering why Darwin's Enchanted Isles are one of the most fascinating travel destinations on Earth?  In no other corner of the world can travelers hike in search of …
Hacienda el Porvenir
Outside Magazine named Hacienda El Porvenir the BEST LODGE in the "Best of Travel 2015" list.  This is quite the honor!  This title is not only for being the best in Ecuador, but …
Tungurahua beginning to erupt in 2014
You may have seen our Tungurahua blog posting back in February.  If not, you can check it out here to read the story or to refresh your memory. Well, the volcano is causing excitement yet …
Crusing the Galapagos islands
Unlike other volcanic island chains, such as Hawaii, the Galapagos have multiple volcanoes that are simultaneously active.  As if these islands were not mysterious enough with so many unique …
Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago
Adventure Life had the pleasure of hosting award-winning travel writer, Don Mankin, on his recent trip to the Galapagos. Don's blog, The Adventure Geezer, is an insightful reference for the …
Tungurahua beginning to erupt in 2014
February 1st, 2014 will go down in Ecuadorian history:  it was a big day of spewing lava and ash for the Tungurahua volcano.  The volcano had two moderate eruptions, followed by a third of …
Lily pads in Guyana
Amazing waterfalls of Guyana According to the December 2013/January 2014 edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine, there are 20 must-see places for the year to come.  Comprised of …
Ecuador is an incredibly beautiful country, with nearly every type of dramatic landscape packed into its small area. There are world-famous beaches on the coast, which is always warm due to …
Make Your Amazon Trip a Healthy One! Traveler's diarrhea (TD) is the most common ailment of visitors to Latin America. It's a good idea to ask your doctor for an antibiotic specifically for TD, as …
For an Amazon adventure trip everyone should pack accordingly. Except for the occasional internal flight, we'll be taking canoes, kayaks, jeeps, vans and our own feet between destinations. A …
Working together for Sustainable Travel Adventure Life is the first US-based operator to join the Rainforest Alliance's TOPS (Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability). We have formed an alliance to …
Adventure Life's community grants provide funding for grassroots projects in the countries we visit. Grants have funded reforestation projects, youth festivals and education, operations at a …
Camping at the base of Cotopaxi
Trekkers take a moments to take in the view in the shadow of Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador's paramo, a complex ecosystem of rolling alpine grassland, protects precious fresh water and endemic …
Adventure Life traveler, Julia, returns home from a trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon with this clip from the Yasuni Clay Lick. Located along with Napo River, this is one of the most accessible licks in …
History The history of pre-Inca Ecuador is lost in a misty tangle of time and legend, and the earliest historical details date back only as far as the 11th century AD. It is commonly believed that …
As one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world, Ecuador is a playground for anyone searching for adventure travel. Where else in the world can you climb a glacier-peaked mountain one …
Ecuador's Gringo Trail runs due south for about 250 miles from the sedate town of Ibarra, down the middle of the Avenue of Volcanoes to the border town of Loja - roughly 12 hours as a South American …
Tigua artists high in the Ecuadorian Andes are renowned for their colorful paintings of rural life. Their delightful folk art, painted with chicken feather brushes on sheep hide, celebrates their …
A Catholic priest christened Jose Olmos. His family and friends called him by his indigenous name, Pampite. His mind and heart struggled with the pain of vanquished and oppressed Indians, and his …
To tip or not to tip – or what to tip! Questions regarding tipping etiquette are some of the most common concerns travelers have when visiting a foreign country. To make matters even more …
Hanging out in the sand with some wildlife
Julia and her mom, Sue, lounging with sea lions in the Galapagos Happy Mother's Day! In celebration of the day's holiday, I thought I'd share one of my favorite mother-daughter trip journals. …
(Ithaca, NY) The introduction of a new form of fishing threatens to undermine the marine ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands, according to the nonprofit International Galapagos Tour Operators …
As a reminder to how the incredible Galapagos Islands were formed, Sierra Negra (also known as Volcán Santo Tomás) erupted late in the afternoon on October 22nd. Sierra Negra is one of six …