Cotopaxi

My favorite hostel in the entire world is The Secret Garden hostel at the Cotopaxi Volcano about two hours from Quito, Ecuador. There is a Secret Garden in Quito as well, and transport between the two is the most direct and affordable way to get to Cotopaxi. Just call the...

Quick Contest!

Craig and I stopped by the little bodega at the bottom of the hill for a few supplies for tomorrow’s hike. Can you guess the total we paid for the items pictured? Two large bottles of water, two bananas, four mandarin oranges, and six eggs.   If your guess...

People of Quito

Quito’s historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled in the mountains of Ecuador. But the true treasure of Quito is the people. Wildly entrepreneurial, they operate a thousand tiny mom-and-pop (or often mom-and-kids) shops and restaurants in every corner of the city. Can’t afford a tiny storefront?...