Ecuador What to Expect

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Traveling with Children in Ecuador 
Ibarra, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
SoS children village is there. Great place to volunteer.
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Ecuador
New Year's roadblocks

If you plan to drive in Ecuador in the period starting with Christmas and ending with the New Year make sure you carry a BAG of change with you. It is a custom for masked locals to stop cars (by setting a barrier on the road) and ask for gifts.

On smaller roads, such as the famous Quilotoa loop, road blocks happen, at times, every 200 meters or so. Some are sophisticated such as tree trunk barriers, some are "administered" by local children who have dragged jumping ropes across the road.
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Quito, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
Keep and eye on the kids

And when I say kids, I mean 4-8 year olds. They roam the streets of the old city looking for tourist targets. A common target is the cameras of careless tourists placed on the edges of their dining tables or park benches. A kid would simply run by, grab the camera, and disappear into the crowd.
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Women Travelers in Ecuador 
Guayaquil, South Coast, Ecuador
The Malecon 2000 is a really nice place to spend the afternoon in Ecuador. it is about 3 kilometers long and has shopping and food. nice river views as well. for a nice way to let loose and have fun, go to the Captain Morgan cruise dock and take an evening cruise for 2 hours that is open bar, disco, and open air. $12 for males $10 for females. lots of fun and great nighttime views of the city
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Gay/Lesbian Travelers in Ecuador 
Otavalo, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
Best and cheapest shopping in the world. Just watch your wallet.
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Quito, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
To take pictures of the "Virgin" Panacillo from the front you may stop halfway on the street upwards.
At the statue the park is behind her so you'll see her back or climb down again!
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Riobamba, Central Highlands, Ecuador
Train to "Nariz del Diablo"
There is a train every Wednesday/Friday/Sunday at 7 am. Tickets available one day in advance from 2.30 pm at the station, costs for one way 11$ per person (2007).
Tickets are numbred - only the cabin's number but not seats! - so you should be waiting early in the morning to get a good seat with windows (there are some without!). Prefer seats on the rightside - there is the view!

The trip starts in Riobamba and after Alausi there comes the most exhilarating part of the journey, said to be one of the most spectacular in the world. The train zigzags up and down 45-degree gradient called "Nariz del Diablo" (Devil’s Nose).
Prepare for derailings and delays!
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
After landing in Baltra (Airport) you can take the free shuttle to the canal - takes about 5 min.
Cross the canal by ferry (50 cents) and take there a bus to Puerto Ayora - about 45-60 min. (1.80 USD)
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Angelique is highly recommended for 4 or 8 day cruises. Lovely refurbished wooden sailing boat with great food and comfy ensuite cabins.
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Dangers & Annoyances in Ecuador 
Otavalo, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
Best and cheapest shopping in the world. Just watch your wallet.
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Quito, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
To take pictures of the "Virgin" Panacillo from the front you may stop halfway on the street upwards.
At the statue the park is behind her so you'll see her back or climb down again!
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Riobamba, Central Highlands, Ecuador
Train to "Nariz del Diablo"
There is a train every Wednesday/Friday/Sunday at 7 am. Tickets available one day in advance from 2.30 pm at the station, costs for one way 11$ per person (2007).
Tickets are numbred - only the cabin's number but not seats! - so you should be waiting early in the morning to get a good seat with windows (there are some without!). Prefer seats on the rightside - there is the view!

The trip starts in Riobamba and after Alausi there comes the most exhilarating part of the journey, said to be one of the most spectacular in the world. The train zigzags up and down 45-degree gradient called "Nariz del Diablo" (Devil’s Nose).
Prepare for derailings and delays!
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
After landing in Baltra (Airport) you can take the free shuttle to the canal - takes about 5 min.
Cross the canal by ferry (50 cents) and take there a bus to Puerto Ayora - about 45-60 min. (1.80 USD)
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Angelique is highly recommended for 4 or 8 day cruises. Lovely refurbished wooden sailing boat with great food and comfy ensuite cabins.
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Ecuador Health 
Galapagos, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
Never forget your sun glasses, your camara to take pictures and your sun block. A good way of knowing Santa Cruz is to walk and to walk the whole day. To enjoy calmly every part of Charles Darwin's reserve. PLEASE: the most important is don´t touch the animals
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Cuenca, Southern Highlands, Ecuador
Cuena is a real change from most parts of Ecuador. It is a really beautiful city, with graceful streets and stacks of impressive churches. Although....Cuenca can sometimes feel a bit dead, especially in comparison with the liveliness of the coast (think Guayaquil) Having said that, Cuenca does have some really trendy bars, cafes and restaurants to chill at. - A must is LA PAROLA CAFE on CALLE LARGA. It only opened 4 months ago, but its a real gem. - If your going to stay the night anywhere, make it El Cafecito. Really cool, full of travellers to meet up with, excellent food. Only downside is if you want to have an early one, when the restaurant is still lively. US$6 a night - Day trip not to miss is the Parque Nacional Cajas! Bloody INCREíble! Costs US$10 if your a tourist or US$1.50 if your Ecuadorian or residing in Ecuador
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Quito, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
Don't try to drive in this country, taxi is only about a buck, don't carry large amounts of cash, and be careful what you eat make sure, stay away from the local water, bring some stomach medicine with you.
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Rio Verde, Central Highlands, Ecuador
Bring hiking shoes, wear comfortable clothes that can dry fast or bring a change of clothes, and yes more bug spray
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Quito, Northern Highlands, Ecuador
the indian street vendors offer some yummy foods but they don't have a very sanitary set up. You probably shouldn't risk trying their foods for fear of getting ill. I would stick to restaurants
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