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Ecuador Travels – 2020 Catalog

Ecuador Travels – 2020 Catalog

Vivaecuador Tour Operator has made their complete Ecuador Travels catalago 2020. Send us a message and we will send it to you as a pdf file in English or Spanish. From the highlights we will mention tours to The Galápagos IslandsThe Amazon rainforestThe Andes...

Ecuadors largest cities – Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil

Ecuadors largest cities – Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil

This tour includes the three largest cities in Ecuador; Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca and their surroundings. Together they represent different aspects of Ecuadorian clima, culture, architecture and cuisine. Bring different types of clothes for different activities What...

Galápagos tour

Galápagos tour

Untouched by humans until the late 16th century, declared National Park in 1950 and late declared as world heritage by UNESCO. A Galápagos tour is a unique experience. Vivaecuador Tour Operator offers you 6 days in this heaven, inluding the islands San Cristobal,...

New Movies from Ecuador

New Movies from Ecuador

Movies from Ecuador are hot! Not only in Ecuador. There is an Ecuatorian Film Festival in New York just in this moment. Production support from the Goberment has increased. Film-educated Ecuadorians abroad have returned. Here are some interesting movies from the...

But Lonely George wasn’t dead

But Lonely George wasn’t dead

I knew George when he lived. It may have been in the year 2009 or in 2010, I met him at the Galapagos. He must have been more than 100 years at then. The giant tortoise Lonely George / George Solitario was the very, very last of its kind. And he was it the last 40...

Don Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros

Don Alfonso Espinosa de los Monteros

He has beaten the record and now he has his name is n the Guinness Book of Records. Alfonso Espinoza is Ecuador's TVs Methuselah. He has always been there. Nobody remembers when he first appeared. If people guess they can say he certainly is 100 years. In fact he is...

An Earthquake in Quito

An Earthquake in Quito

First there was one measured at 5.1. on the Richter scale. Immediately after this came another on 4.1. It came in the afternoon yesterday just  when we were bathing the baby. First, we registered that the water moved. So we felt that the floor was moving. We live on...

Cotacachi

Cotacachi

Cotocachi is a small town in the Andes with a Native American name no one longer knows what mean. Geographically it is located in the Imbabura province north of Quito, not far from Otavalo with its famous Indian market. Cotacachi is one of the preferred locations for...

Otavalo

Otavalo

High up in the mountains, in a place where you would think no one could live, we find the shoppers' paradise. The small town of Otavalo is a few hours drive north of Quito. The facts tell us that it is 2550 meters above sea level and the citizens count 31ooo souls....

President Rafael Correa reelected

President Rafael Correa reelected

The votes are counted after the election February 13th and the voters decision is very clear. President Correa got 56.5 percent of the votes in the presidential election and his party Alianca Pais got two-thirds of the seats in the parliament. Otherwise,  the old...

The New Quito Airport

The New Quito Airport

The old airport became to small. Furthermore there was right in the middle of the city. From today the flights to Qutio will go elsewhere. The new one is located in Tabalela, 42 miles away. Many are unhappy with having to travel so far. To get to the old one, it was...

Christmas in Ecuador

Christmas in Ecuador

The big difference between Christmas in Ecuador and Christmas in Northern Europe and the US is the absence of must-do-things. Here on latitude zero, we mustn't bake seven varieties for Christmas, have a Christmas tree, eat rib on Christmas Eve or see the silver boys...

Who will be the next president of Ecuador?

Who will be the next president of Ecuador?

The candidates and the political organizations are mobilizing in front of the election in february 2013.  Will there be a change or will Correa be reelected as president? The actual president Rafael Correa will certainly present his candidature for proceeding his...

Welcome Sr. Assange

Welcome Sr. Assange

The morning of August 16. many waited anxiously the expected decision of the Goberment whether thy will grant the Australian hacker and leader of the controversial organization Wikileaks, Julian Assange, political asylum in Ecuador or not. The main issue in this news...

At the equator

At the equator

Ecuador and the Equator line are roughly sharing their name. They are both in the world (Mitad del Mundo).  It is posible to visit four different attractions close to the equator line from Quito. It started with a French expedition of scientists led by Charles Marie...

The ideal Tourist Apartment in Quito

The ideal Tourist Apartment in Quito

I have searched. And I found it already in October last year. The ideal short term apartments for tourists visiting Ecuador. They do deserve the best. I am talking about a modern suite of 49 square meters located in central Mariscal district of Quito with all the...

The Noble Peace Price to Lenin Moreno?

The Noble Peace Price to Lenin Moreno?

Vice-President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, has been proposed as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work for the disabled. Who is he? Lenin Moreno was born in 1953 and depends on his own wheelchair. During the critical hours in an assumed coup attempt 30...

Baños

Baños

The friendly town of Baños is located 189 km south of Quito. Visiting Baños is one of the best posibilites to experience the best of the ecuadorian mountain nature. It's easily reached by bus from Quito (but keep an open eye on your hand luggage). Located 1800 meters...

Food in Ecuador

Food in Ecuador

Eating in Ecuador is a real experience. If you want it to be. This little country is the host of various zones of temperature and have access to nearly all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Rice and potatoes could be served on the same dish. Apples and pears are sold...

Latacunga and the celebration of “Mama Negra”

Latacunga and the celebration of “Mama Negra”

In the heart of the Andes, a two hours ride from Quito, we find the city of Latacunga. Like a lot of other places in Ecuador, it is surrounded by beautiful montains. But don't let this picture cheat you. These peaks are not allways too nice. On three occasions the...

The day of the dead

The day of the dead

In this days with halloweens-screams, kitch monsters and candies, it would be apropriate to go to the bloomy origen. At least the american part of it. Ceremonies and festivals concerning death is not exclusively reserved white christians. The indians had their own...

From Quito to Boliche with the old train

From Quito to Boliche with the old train

There are not much left of the proud ecuadorian railways. One upon a time running up and down the mountains of the Andes. But some distances ar still preserved for tourism. for instance from the station of Quito to El Boliche, near the National Park Cotopaxi, the old...

Whale watching in Puerto Lopez

Whale watching in Puerto Lopez

It's the same procedure every year. Lovesick whales are visiting the coast of Ecuador in september for doing their stuff. And they do not hide. From the harbour in Puerto Lopez is it posible for tourists to enter boats for whale peeping. With one camera in each hand...

The Green Economy of Ecuador

The Green Economy of Ecuador

In Ecuador we buy and sell in american dollars. It hasn't always been like that. Not long time ago, this proud people used their own sucres. Sucre was one of the freedom fighters in the struggle for independence. One condor was equal to 20 sucres. Then, what happened?...

The park “El Retiro”

The park “El Retiro”

This week-end, being in the south of Quito, we were inspired to visit the "El Retiro" park. The souther parts of Quito is  the home of the less privileged. From the park we can see the hill "el panecillo" and the backside of the virgin of Quito. The front is reserved...

Quito one year after 30-s

Quito one year after 30-s

The 3oth of september 2010 the ecuadorian constitution was in danger after a riot. The president Raphael Correa was held captured in the police hospitaly. In memory of this day thousands of people were united in the park Carolina in Quito. The slogan was 30-s, the day...

30th.september year 2010

30th.september year 2010

One year ago. In the beginning it was an ordinary day, in Guayaquil and the rest of Ecuador. I had just finished my work-out at the local gym and was on the way to the lavandry with my clothes. Then the phone called. I was warned about going to the centre of the town....

Presentating tourism in Ecuador

Presentating tourism in Ecuador

Also in Ecuador they do know how to present their tourist industri. This year they reserved the old flight terminal in Guayaquil for this great yearly happening. Our first sight is some  indian warriors from the amazonic rainforest. Through their dance they are...

The heat (Guayaquil)

The heat (Guayaquil)

Guayaquil! (Pronounced Gu-ay-a-kill). In the country of Ecuador,  in the middle of the world, where the sun is concentrating its rays in summer- and wintertime. The heat is killing me. I'm sweating. Taking off the shirt is bad manner when you're in public places.  My...

Apartment

Apartment

The purchase went fine in the end. But it had to go through the lawyer. More than 1000 dollars were used for miscellaneous fees, registrations and so on.  It resulted in a large stack of documents. But now it is ready. My new home is located in the 7th floor in a...