Only In Ecuador
As if being located on the equator wasn’t extraordinary enough, this one small country boasts four extraordinarily distinct regions: Amazonian rainforest, Andean mountains, tropical coastline, and the Galapagos Islands. So much nature, all in a short time.
Only in Ecuador can you: feel Quito’s colonial heartbeat… stroll down the Avenue of the Volcanoes… follow in Darwin’s footsteps and meet the giant tortoises of the Galapagos… straddle two hemispheres at the Mitad del Mundo… and surf the Pacific waves in Canoa.
Meet Our South America Insiders
When it comes to Argentina, Andrea has the answers. While stylish Buenos Aires is her home base, she’s trekked through Patagonia, ridden with gauchos, sipped wine in Mendoza… and everything in between.
Latest QuestionIs a trip to Ischigualasto Provincial Park worthwhile? What is the best way to get there from Mendoza or Santiago?
Since moving to Santiago eight years ago, Eileen has sat with huasos at a rodeo in Futaleúfu, eaten chancho en piedra near the river in Talca and bought olives in Punta de Choros. As a travel writer, she dispenses advice for a living, so feel free to ask a question!
Favorite beach town: Pichilemu
Best hiking near Santiago: Parque Mahuida, or Aguas de San Ramón
Favorite spot for lunch in the Vega Chica: Tía Ruth’s
Best place to buy souvenirs in Santiago: Pueblo Los Dominicos
Latest QuestionWe are planning a trip to Chile next February and were wondering if there is any good offshore fishing such as bill fish or rooster fish?
A Lima native, Karina eats Peruvian adventure for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A travel guide in the Amazon and elsewhere, she loves helping people discover and appreciate what makes Peru, Peru.
Favorite Amazonian flower: lobster claw (heliconia rostrata)
Favorite type of ceviche: sea urchin
Favorite place to surf: Los Organos
Latest QuestionWe're visiting Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu in May. What type of weather can we anticipate? What should we wear? Do we need to bring a sunscreen?
Co-author of Lonely Planet’s Brazil guide and coordinating author of the Brazil section of South America on a Shoestring guide, Kevin has–not surprisingly–traveled extensively across Brazil. He learned to dive in Fernando de Noronha, sought after the perfect moqueca from Espírito Santo to Bahia and swam with pink dolphins in the Amazon.
Favorite São Paulo Restaurant: Maní
Favorite Beach: Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha
Favorite Bar Snack: Coxinhas at Bar Veloso, São Paulo
Favorite Ecotourism Destination: Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul
Latest QuestionIn which stadium will the May 5 soccer (futbol) match in Rio be held?
Lance Andrew Brashear
Having lived in Quito since 2003, Lance knows Ecuador inside and out, from the jungle to the coast to the Galapagos. When he’s not out there exploring, he’s relishing the joy of being a husband and dad.
Favorite place to get lost: Quito historical district
Favorite museum: City Museum in old town
Favorite Galapagos animal: Blue-footed boobie
Latest QuestionWhat's the best way to get from Quito to Cuenca without flying?
This Boston-raised and Chicago-educated journalist never felt so at home as she does in Bogotá. In just over a year, Natalie swam in the jewel-blue Caribbean near Santa Marta, chowed on ceviche in Cartagena, hiked through misty wax palms in Salento, ogled dinosaur fossils in Villa de Leyva and danced salsa into the wee hours in Cali.
Favorite food: Ajíaco
Favorite coffee shop: Juan Valdez Café
Favorite hidden gem: José Celestino Mutis Jardín Botánico in Bogotá
Favorite place to spend all my money: Usaquén Sunday market
Latest QuestionWhat to wear in Colombia?
Our Top Picks
La Mitad del Mundo: Want to straddle two hemispheres? Head to the Mitad del Mundo, where the equator marks the world’s halfway point, and take the tour – it’s amazing!
Ruta de las Cascadas: Adventure hungry? Head to Baños and bike the Waterfall Route, which takes you through a dozen different waterfalls, then relax in the thermal baths (a product of the very active volcano looming above the town!).
Galapagos Coral Reefs: Dive into one of the most beautiful coral reefs of the world – snorkeling and scuba diving allows you a glimpse of the huge diversity of marine life, from turtles and sea lions to marine iguanas and giant mantas.