Photo: Ilan Greenfield
Papallacta is only about an hour from Quito by car, and some 30 minutes from Quito’s new international airport, as one makes their way towards the eastern slope of the Andean mountain range. Continue along some 3 hours on the same highway and you reach the Amazonian rainforest basin. Papallacta, however, lies somewhat higher in elevation, but its natural dimension is breathtaking nonetheless, and its proximity is even more of a reason to visit, even if your stay in Quito isn’t long.
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One of Colombia’s main draws for tourists is its wide range of natural beauty – but, as we all know, beauty doesn’t last forever. Whether it’s deforestation or rising water levels from climate change, landscapes don’t stay the same forever, especially when humans get involved. Luckily, many of the folks involved in the country’s tourism industry are already wise to this, and are focusing plenty of energy toward supporting ecologically friendly, sustainable development and tours. A short Google search will lead you to several excellent companies that operate with a sustainable focus, but if your main concern is the destination, here are a few of the country’s “greenest” spots.
As we ease into the lazy, late dog days of summer, the call of the wilderness – or at least the world outside your office – is stronger than ever. But if you’re not the camping and backpacking type, how can you get away from the sounds of all those clicking keyboards and incoming texts?
Luckily for you, in addition to its natural beauty, Colombia boasts plenty of places to retreat from the loud, buzzing “real world” and take a few deep breaths. Whether you like warm sandy beaches or lush green mountainsides, there’s a place for you to spend a few days far away from emails, traffic jams and anything else that might interrupt your reading time.
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As if Ecuador did not have enough to see and do (Galapagos Islands, Andes Mountains, Amazon Jungle, haciendas, beaches, lodges, great food, colonial towns), people are beginning to come for another reason: their health.
Spas and Resorts have made a significant presence in the tourism circuit of Ecuador, from the Andes to the coast, with settings as magnificent as tropical rainforests to more stark, but beautiful high altitudes of the Andes. Many of them take advantage of Ecuador’s natural geothermal hot springs.