Life in Ecuador and its friendly people. Ecuadorians place great emphasis on family members and religion.
During the year, numerous religious festivals provide opportunities for parades and celebrations along the country.
Ecuador has four different regions, and you can choose from the rain forest, to coastal plains, to the highlands or the Galapagos Islands.
The organic foods grown in the rich volcanic soils give a great boost to feeling good.
Ecuador is one of three places in the world where residents have super longevity. This is where the stories of the fountain of youth began, specially in the Town of Vilcabamba in Southern Ecuador.
One of the striking aspects of life in Ecuador is the friendliness of the Ecuadorian people. When men and women greet each other, a kiss on the cheek is customary.
And between men, a handshake, upon greeting and departing, is the norm. People make eye contact here. A "hello" to a perfect stranger results typically in a big smile and a return greeting. This is very normal.
This is another reason why more and more people are looking to Retire in Ecuador
Ecuadorians are gentle people who will welcome you into their homes and traditions. Most traditions in Ecuador have a religious touch.
Almost each month in every city and town of this country there is a celebration in honor to a particular Catholic Saint.
Beautiful parades are organized in different towns around Ecuador (mainly the highlands).
Men and women wear colorful dresses and there's a lot of dancing and drinking coupled with fireworks. These celebrations may last for a few days.
Traditional food and drinks are part of the celebrations, like the "famous Chicha" which is an alcoholic drink made out of corn or yucca (a root).
This is a traditional celebration that attracts people from all over the world.
Modernization has not robbed Ecuador's cities and towns of their distinct local flavors mainly because it is people and not just historic sites that give these places their character.
Otavalo Town long famous for its warm, enterprising indigenous people, continues its ancient tradition of market days in the twenty-first century.
Banos City with its hot springs, beautiful scenery and agreeable climate, welcomes visitors every day with unwavering smiles.
Quito Capital City the country's political center, has developed into a cosmopolitan city while maintaining its small town candor and originality.
And Vilcabamba Town has marveled locals and foreigners for its stunning beauty and year-round spring-like weather (one of the world's best).
Vilcabamba is known as the Sacred Valley, and The Land of Eternal Youth or also The Valley of Peace and Tranquility.
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It has been given these labels because of the valley's solitude, serenity, clean air, dazzling sun, nearly constant blue sky and pure mineral drinking water.
Also because of its medicinal herbs, green fields, towering mountains, friendly people, helpful neighbors, lack of illness and a kind of ubiquitous beauty that penetrates one's soul and provides a sense of well-being.
Life in Ecuador is wonderful with the gorgeous views and the breath-taking landscapes this country has.
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!
There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.
Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.
Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.
But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.
Small, well-priced, and reliable!
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.
This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!
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