Three Options to Travel by Bus from Cuenca to Peru

Cajas National

Updated: Dec, 7th 2019 Need to travel to Peru from Cuenca, Ecuador?  Here are three options if you want to take a bus from Cuenca to Peru (Mancora, Piura, or Chiclayo), with departure times and ticket prices. All three options begin from Cuenca’s Terminal Terrestre, located at the west end of Ave. España. From our … Read more Three Options to Travel by Bus from Cuenca to Peru

Life on the Streets in Ecuador

Quito Street, life on the street

Seventeen Years Ago The cold night air seemed to reach to the bone and the boy’s entire body shivers.  He shifts the cardboard underneath him. It does little to keep the night chill, in a city at 8,000 feet above sea level, from encompassing him. He watches as his breath, a frozen white mist, dissipates … Read more Life on the Streets in Ecuador

Five Things to Do in ECUADOR

Countryside picture taken from the bus. Cow in a green hilly field Ecuador

Ecuador has much to offer.  We used up almost our entire three-month visa before moving on to Peru.  Still, it seems that we only touched the surface of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Granted, we did spend much of our time in Quito at the Dunamis Foundation, but we still have a few … Read more Five Things to Do in ECUADOR

Quilotoa Loop: Scrambling on the Edge

Quilotoa Crater

The Quilotoa Loop is a remote trail linking several high Andean villages and towns in the Cotopaxi province. The ancient trails meander through the Andes Mountains of Ecuador with views of snow-capped volcanoes. The isolation of the trails brings wanderers into contact with Kichwa-speaking indigenous and their centuries-old way of life.  It also allows them … Read more Quilotoa Loop: Scrambling on the Edge

Day-Tripping in Galapagos

Galapagos Iguanas and Sharks

On the eighth and final day of our Floreana cruise, we looped around the island called Daphne Major, twice.  What a treat.  Not really.  It’s a tiny island named after a British naval vessel, that is inhabited by many species of birds including the Darwin Finch, Frigatebirds, and Nazca Boobies.  Clearly, this was a filler … Read more Day-Tripping in Galapagos

Support Freedom for Young Girls

Safe House at Dunamis

We write to bring the beauty of the world to your doorstep. We invite you on this journey with us without you ever leaving your home (though we encourage you to go out there). Our hope is that the beauty of the world enhances your wonder of this great planet. It is also our desire … Read more Support Freedom for Young Girls

Aww-Dorable Sea Lions and Sharks in Galapagos

Galapagos Seal Lions

When someone yells, Shark! while swimming, normally people get out of the water.  So I had to laugh at the irony when, while snorkeling, I saw a Galapagos shark under our yacht, pulled my head out of the water and yelled, Shark! so that my other shipmates could swim over and see it. Almost every day … Read more Aww-Dorable Sea Lions and Sharks in Galapagos

Look for the Boobies! The Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Sunset

Years ago, watching a documentary on the Galapagos Islands, I was enamored with the idea of an isolated place with species of animals found nowhere else in the world.  At the time it was a distant place in another world, an unattainable paradise. When Trin and I walked off the plane onto Baltra island I … Read more Look for the Boobies! The Galapagos Islands

Guerrillas on a Dark Foggy Night: A Nightmare Remembered

Fire

The fire crackles behind me. It is chilly and the night is dark and quiet. Light emanates from the TV in front of us playing Iron Man in Spanish. Boris, Trin, and I are sitting in the living room of Boris’ house unwinding from a busy day. “What was one of your scariest nights when … Read more Guerrillas on a Dark Foggy Night: A Nightmare Remembered

Betrayal and Slavery, Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking in Ecuador

This may be a strange topic for a nomad.  Given the traveling lifestyle we have adopted, the fact that freedom is something I truly cherish should be of no surprise. There are so many things that can enslave us: dictators, debt, false beliefs or even marriage. I have spent years cutting one chain at a … Read more Betrayal and Slavery, Human Trafficking

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