Category: South America

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Three Days in Banos, Ecuador: Waterfalls and Hot Chocolate

Try to add on a trip to Banos if you’re traveling through Ecuador! Here, a client kindly submitted a guest blog after I planned a trip for her to Quito and Banos.

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Itinerary for Ecuador – Quito and Banos

I love Ecuador and have been there several times! A client contacted me about itinerary recommendations for her trip in March. Here’s a proposal for 5 nights in Quito and 2 nights in Banos.

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Trip Suggestion: The Galapagos Islands

Here’s a rundown of many of the most popular cruise options to the Galapagos Islands! And, as an accredited travel agent I can help narrow down your choices by listening to your budget, travel style, “must see” wishlist, and schedule.

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Hotel Review: Hotel Bantu, Cartagena, Colombia

Some say “a hotel is just a place to sleep,” but I maintain that staying in the right hotel can enhance and complement your travel experience! Hotel Bantu did exactly that.   The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, its wonderful location in the old city, beautiful courtyards, rooftop pool, and of course Tado the Toucan all combine to offer an extraordinary experience in the Old City.   I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this hotel to any of my friends, family, or clients.

Hotel Review: JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador

I first stayed here in 2013 and have had the opportunity to return a few times to the delightful JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador.  My original 5-star ranking on TripAdvisor remains UNCHANGED and I continue to look forward …

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Pony Trekking Through A Volcano Crater in Ecuador

Once in a while you get an opportunity to do something so amazing, you can barely believe it was real!

If you want to literally go off the beaten path, consider this horse trek through the Pululahua volcano crater in Ecuador, two hours from Quito (the ranch will come and pick you up near your hotel in Quito).

Scroll for more information about how we did and what it was like riding in a volcano crater!