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15 Fun Ecuador Facts For Your South America Trip

Did you know that Ecuador was awarded the title of ‘South America’s Leading Green Destination’ for the past 3 years? Although it’s about the size of Colorado, it’s adorned with stunning beaches, untouched Amazonian rain forest, Spanish architecture, rich culture and inexpensive local cuisine with perfect spring-time weather all year-round. Check out these 15 fun …

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Soups in Ecuador & Popular Soup Recipes

Many of our passengers, at the end of their Galapagos cruises and charters, ask our chefs for their soup recipes that are served throughout the week on Quasar Expeditions’ cruises. We even get emails upon people’s returns home for these soup recipes as people want another taste of soups in Ecuador. Below are the chef’s …

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Pinocchio Anole Lizard Spotted in Ecuador, South America

Ecuador’s Pinocchio Anole Lizard is a creature so rarely seen that it was thought to be extinct for over 40 years before being rediscovered back in 2005. The reptile wasn’t formally described by scientists until 1953. They managed to save only six specimens, all of which were male. It was spotted several times in the …

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2016 Earthquake in Ecuador, South America

As most of us have learned by now, a 7.8 magnitude quake struck the north coast of Ecuador on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the early hours of the evening. The earthquake in Ecuador was centered near the small town of Muisne, located in the northwestern coastal region of the country in the province of …

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Zika Virus & Your Trip to the Galapagos, Ecuador, Peru & Chile

As I am sure you have heard, leading health organizations, including the WHO and CDC, are focused on addressing the spread of Zika virus. This blog piece is intended to help travelers to Ecuador and the Galapagos understand their risk, which can be low, and provide information on precautions that can be taken to avoid …

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How El Niño Will Affect Your Galapagos, Ecuador & Peru Adventure

Much is being written about the 2015/2016 El Niño. However, many of our passengers are finding what they are reading confusing and somewhat misleading when it comes to how their trip to the Galapagos, Ecuador and Peru will be impacted by El Niño. Personally, I remember leaving the downpour that was California during the 1997/1998 …

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