Salchipapas, Lauren Style

You’ll find Salchipapas on children’s menus, and as a bar snack,  all over Ecuador (and Peru). There’s even a salchipapas stand on my street most nights! So what is it? French fries with sausage. Served with ketchup, mayonnaise, and/or a homemade salsa of tomatoes and red onions. It looks...

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...

Otavalo Market & Peguche Waterfall

The town of Otavalo sits about two hours north of Quito. It’s a Kichwa (local indigenous native) community, famous for handcrafts like weaving, sculpture and embroidery. People come from all over for the market, especially on Saturdays. There’s also some great hiking in the area, including  volcanos, lakes —...

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?...