We’re in a small, Italian automobile, and I’m pretty sure we are going to die. My wife and I, along with her brother and sister-in-law, are in the second week of a 20-day trip to Italy. After a wonderful week in Florence, with side-trips to Venice and Lucca, we took the train south to Naples..
A lot has been written about Ecuador as a great retirement destination—and deservedly so. With mountains, beaches, and everything in between it is a land of an amazingly diverse range of comfortable climates and relaxed lifestyle opportunities. Perhaps overlooked in all of this is the fact that Ecuador is also a fantastic tourist destination...
There are plenty of things to do near, in, on, and even under the water in Salinas—but what about when you want something that doesn’t involve sand, sun, and ocean? Fortunately, Salinas has you covered there as well. Let’s look at just five of the non-beachy things to do on the Santa Elena peninsula.
Is Ecuador safe? This is a question we get a lot from International Living readers. We've asked our Ecuador correspondents Donna Stiteler (Cuenca) and Jim Santos (Salinas) to answer some of our readers' questions regarding safety in Ecuador. Here's what they said...
Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, fresh produce, lunches, and so on, is so low that no one likes to break large bills.
We can tell you all day long about the beauty you'll witness by traveling in Ecuador--the breathtaking mountain vistas seen from Casa Mojanda, the remarkable detail of Otavalan textiles, the caught-this-minute freshness of the ceviche in Puerto López, or the creak of leather and clop of hooves as the Vilcabamba cowboys prance by on their Paso Finos. But sooner or later, you'll have to come down and travel in Ecuador to experience it for yourself.
Ecuador is an incredibly diverse country. Even though it is only about the size of Colorado, it has many distinct eco-systems, several cultural groups, and landscapes from beaches to some of the tallest mountains in the world…and everything in between
Whenever you hear about the Pacific Ocean beaches of Ecuador, often the focus is mostly on the two more populated cities on the coast—the port city of Manta and the resort town of Salinas.
Taking my life overseas wasn't something I had planned on doing, but once I discovered the freedom of remote working, it became inevitable...
For many, the American Dream of owning your own home is fast becoming more of a fantasy than a dream. But more and more North Americans are finding their dreams coming true in the quiet town of Ballenita on the southwest coast of Ecuador.