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Cuenca, Ecuador: A Luxury Stay in an Idyllic Setting

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Quito, we headed to Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca.  Despite a population of half a million, Cuenca still manages to feel like a small town.  We splurged on a luxurious place to stay, choosing the amazing hotel Mansion Alcazar.

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Quito, Ecuador: Big Clouds and Big Churches

An overcast sky was ever-present during our stay in Quito, but in many ways the weather just enhanced the scene.  Instead of dulling the colors, the dark rolling clouds seemed to transform the landscape into a dark and rich painting palette. While headed to Quito’s historic Old Town, I took this shot of a typical […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Shotguns and Happy Meals

Mile-High City?  Meh.  Try 1.8 Miles. Because of our unexpectedly late arrival in Quito, it was late in the following day when we finally opened our eyes and officially arrived in South America.  And, hey, does anyone else feel a little weird?  Quito, Ecuador lies in the Andes mountains at an elevation of 9350 feet.  […]

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A Trip 30 Years in the Making

The Lure of Peru For all of my life, I have been fascinated by South America.  As a teenager, I loved to read about adventurers who travelled deep into the Amazon jungle or high amid the Andes. When I first saw pictures of the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, it instantly moved to the top […]