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.
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:
- Win a $5,000 Culinary Escape to Barcelona
- Win A Foodie Trip to Switzerland from Whole Foods Market
- Win a Halloween trip for two to Universal Studios to check out their new “Evil Dead” maze
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!