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The Poor Man’s Galapagos, Ecuador

Isla de la Plata. Island of the Silver, ironically named in contrast to the traveler appropriated name, The Poor Man’s Galapagos. An hour by boat off the coast of Ecuador, leaving out of the town of Puerto Lopez, the Poor Man Galapago’s is an island oasis to see various types of birds, turtles, and dolphins.…
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The BUS guide to South America

Picking buses is stressful. It’s not just the local shit greyhound or mom’s MiniVan. The obstacles are real-winding roads, long hours, crazy potholes and speeds, crazy truck passings… The dangers are even more present, from drunk conductors, conductors falling asleep, old buses, bad tires, and more, picking a bus company can be very important and…
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Vegan Food in Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca is a beautiful, colonial city in the south of Ecuador. An ex-pat paradise full of comfy and delicious restaurants, a beautiful river walk, and gorgeous relaxing streets. As such, it’s full of delicious veggie restaurants to hit up! My first and highest recommendation would be Nectar, an all vegan restaurant in the city center.…
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The Amazon without a Tour-Tena, Ecuador

So, you saw my post on tours in Tena, Ecuador, and decided to try your best on your own! Great! It’s going to be an adventure! My first recommendation is to get a nice Tena map. Almost all the hostels have them. On there, they denote a city tourist office, off of the street Rueda, right…
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The Amazon-Tour or no Tour-Tena, Ecuador

Tena, Ecuador is one of three major entry points into the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s easily accessible from Quito, or Baños /Puyo. Tena, a bit dirty and dusty, is a city in itself with a few bars, a few restaurants, and a newly opened vegetarian restaurant. After a fairly short walk into the city and settling…
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Fruit Chronicles-Achotillo-Ecuador

Name: Achotillo Other Names: rambutan, mamón chino Location Found: Ecuador How to Eat: Break the prickly skin with your fingers and pull out the white gross looking interior. You eat the white part, NOT the seeds on the inside of the white part or the outside skin. Those are slightly toxic unless cooked. Initial thoughts: Prickly.…
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Vegetarian Restaurant in Tena, Ecuador

Spoon Revolution is a newly opened vegetarian restaurant in Tena, Ecuador. Whether you’re on your way out to the jungle, or looking for some veggie respite after your jungle trips and multiple mosquito bites, Spoon Revolution is a delicious and cheap place to fill up on veggie food! Open from 8 am to 4 pm,…
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Go Veg Posters and Activism in Ecuador

La Revolución de la Cuchara (The Revolution of the Spoon) is a trans-country animal rights non-profit that is super involved in multiple countries in South America. I’ve marched with them in protest in Temuco, Chile, watched a leader get arrested for demonstrating at a bullfight, and seen their posters and literature all over South America!…
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The Fruit Chronicles-Pitahaya

Ever see a bunch of weird looking, scary in the unknown fruit or veggies while traveling and want to know what they are? Ever wonder about the flavors? How to eat them?  How to know if they are ripe? Yeah, me too. Well, you’re in luck! I’ve decided to do all the work for you.…
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Quilotoa Loop-Ecuadorian Andes, vegan style

Quilotoa-12,000 feet in the Ecuadorian Andes. A small tourist based pueblito, built along the rim of a giant 2 mile wide caldera filled with gorgeous green water. From Quilotoa, you can walk from pueblito to pueblito, spending anywhere from a two day to a four day trek walking through the Andes covered in lush green…
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