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Quito: More Than Just a Gateway to the Galapagos
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Quito: More Than Just a Gateway to the Galapagos

While often thought of as a jumping-off point for the Galapagos Islands, Quito, Ecuador has a lot more to offer. With a historically-rich city center, lively indigenous culture, vibrant markets and adventurous day-trips, Quito is a unique and worthwhile destination for any traveler. 1. Hike Cotopaxi Volcano Touted as one […]

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Getting Out Of Quito, Ecuador: Day, Weekend and Weeklong Excursions
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Getting Out Of Quito, Ecuador: Day, Weekend and Weeklong Excursions

While Quito, Ecuador, offers many opportunities for Inca history, diverse architecture and trendy restaurants, my favorite part about visiting this busy city was its side trips. In less than three hours you can be hiking through waterfall-filled forests, climbing one of the world’s tallest volcanoes, browsing an important cultural market […]

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Day Trip From Quito, Ecuador: The Otavalo Market
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Day Trip From Quito, Ecuador: The Otavalo Market

After spending a day exploring the historic center of Quito, Ecuador, I decided to get out of town for a day and explore the smaller artisan villages nearby. Because I was so thrilled with my Cajas National Park Tour and Quito City Tour with Gray Line Ecuador, I decided to […]

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Hostel Review: La Casona de Mario, Quito, Ecuador
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Hostel Review: La Casona de Mario, Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, isn’t known for being the safest city in South America. However, it is a worthwhile stop due to it’s rich history, numerous adventure options, and day trips you’ll find here. If you want a comfortable homebase, I recommend staying at the La Casona de Mario hostel.

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History, Culture, And The Middle Of The World In Quito, Ecuador
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History, Culture, And The Middle Of The World In Quito, Ecuador

Quito is a big city in Ecuador with a rich history and unique location. It was actually the second city in the world to be designated a “Cultural World Heritage City”, which happened in 1978.  To help preserve this heritage, buildings in Quito’s historic center can not change their facade. […]

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Mindo: A Nature-Inspired Day Trip From Quito, Ecuador
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Mindo: A Nature-Inspired Day Trip From Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, is a big, bustling city that can sometimes be overwhelming. For those who need a change of pace, one great day trip idea is to head to nearby Mindo, a tranquil town filled with nature-inspired activities. Located in the Los Bancos canton of the Pichincha province, the area is renowned […]

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Guatemala
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Shawn Coomer Of Miles To Memories Shares How To Travel Beyond The Guidebook In Guatemala

Thinking of traveling to Guatemala? Intrepid traveler and creator of Miles to Memories Shawn Coomer tells us how to stay safe, what to eat, what to pack and how to go beyond the guidebook in Guatemala. 1. Please tell us a bit about your experience in Guatemala. What brought you […]

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There's a great big world out there. Photo courtesy of katerha.
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Smarter Travel: How To Plan And Save For An Epic Adventure

As someone who has taken many long-term trips, I’m often asked how I go about planning and saving for such an adventure. While I’m the type of traveler who typically enjoys planning a trip without planning, there are some facets of the trip that should always be planned out. Decide […]

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Solo hiker. Photo courtesy of Trekking Rinjani.
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Why You Shouldn’t Let Others Influence Your Travel Plans

“Why would you plan a trip to Philadelphia?” asks my friend Maggie, scowling. “It’s dirty. And there’s nothing there.” I roll my eyes, used to hearing these kind of comments. “I’m visiting my friend Joe. I’m sure it’s not that bad. Have you ever even been there?” “We’ll, no,” she […]

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Discovering The Secret Destination In Your Journey
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Discovering The Secret Destination In Your Journey

“All Journeys Have Secret Destinations Which The Traveler Is Unaware” – Martin Buber For many, travel planning is a lot of fun. Choosing the destination, what accommodation you’ll stay in, how you’ll spend your time and which restaurants you’ll eat it helps build anticipation for the impending trip; however, when […]

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