Friday Travel Dreaming – 7/26/13 from Ecuador

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Starting our hike in El Cajas National Park

We are coming to the end of our four weeks in the incredible country of Ecuador. Tomorrow we leave for Panama, a new country for both of us to visit. Some of the things I have loved most about Ecuador are the people (very nice and no hassles at all here), the food (Ecuadorian food is good, but there’s also a big international dining scene in every place we’ve been), and how amazingly diverse it is, for such a small country. You can go from rainforest to beaches to colonial towns to indigenous villages, and of course the unique and amazing Galapagos Islands.

This week we spent our last few days in the charming and fun city of Cuenca, where we also did day trips to visit artisan villages and hiked the El Cajas National Park. We then made our way to Alausi where we did the Nariz del Diablo, or Devil’s Nose train ride.

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Nariz del Diablo train ride through the Andes Mountain range

The restored trains are a fun way to see Ecuador, and the Devil’s Nose hugs the side of the Andes mountains with dramatic views and a series of switchbacks to navigate them. From Alausi we came to Banos de Agua Santa, a place of relaxation known for their thermal baths heated from the volcano, waterfalls, hiking and spa/massages.

Ecuador is a relatively easy place to travel on little money. It’s not as cheap as most Central American countries, but you can eat well for just a few dollars, stay in nice little hosterias for $15 per person, and get around the country by bus for about $1 per hour. Highly recommended for those looking to travel for free – in this case, equating to less money than most of us would spend staying home!

For this Friday’s Travel Dreaming, of course we will also share our resources for some of the best travel giveaways and deals of the week:

And if you have children, check out Little Passports! With a mission to inspire children to learn about other countries and cultures in a fun and engaging way, Little Passports delivers monthly packages to your child via fun activities and online games. Great way to share the love of travel, and curiosity about other people & places in the world, with your kids!

Travel well!

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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One Response to Friday Travel Dreaming – 7/26/13 from Ecuador

  1. Pingback: Friday Travel Dreaming – 8/2/13 from Panama! | How To Travel For Free (or pretty damn near it!)

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