Mashpi Lodge Ecuador – Cloud Forest Escape

Luxury between the trees – Mashpi Lodge Ecuador Just three hours northwest of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies a luxurious, five-star hideaway, ideal for birding and offering nature trails to hidden waterfalls. Mashpi Lodge Ecuador, set amid a 1,300-hectare private reserve, was built on land that was once part of a logging concession…

Casa Gangotena Hotel in Quito

Quito is a common stopover point en route to the Galapagos Islands, but the city itself also has a lot to offer. When searching for a place to stay in Quito before or after your Galapagos adventure, there is no need to sacrifice luxury. The city has many incredible options…

Ecuadorian haciendas in the spotlight

Aracari’s favorite Ecuadorian Haciendas National Geographic Traveler’s April 2009 edition places a spotlight on our two favorite Ecuadorian Haciendas: San Augustin de Callo (“There’s enough historical wattage around this hacienda to send a few shivers up my spine”) and Zuleta (“The feeling? As though I had ridden right into a…

One of the smallest countries in South America is having something of a renaissance in 2008, with the New York Times declaring it one of the top 53 places to go to this year, and Condé Nast Traveller magazine dedicating a sizeable chunk of editorial to Ecuador in its December…