Experience has taught me to be prepared as I travel through Ecuador, or any other foreign and less developed country. Here are twelve things I recommend you should always have with you when you travel through this beautiful country.
Every so often we take a day off and visit a local community to experience their culture, gastronomy and lifestyle. The communities we visit are humble and heart-centered. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how open the people we visit are. They open their homes to us, sharing stories about their lives and their history. They take extra care to cook their local cuisine, infusing it with spice, pride and love, secret ingredients I find in every kitchen I’ve entered on these trips.
Last week we visited Pisloy, specifically Tataniche (Father of the Night), a small community 40 minutes outside of Jipijapa. We went with our friend Don Jorge Salazar of Proturisco, an organization that we work with to support community tourism. Upon arriving at the community center we were met with the community elder, Clever, who became our host and guide for the day.
We are so excited about the future of Quinta Oasis! We've given much thought to who we feel would enjoy staying with us and I'd like to share with you some ideas and reasons we think you should come, alone or with friends.
You go through your life seeing what is obvious, what is directly in front of you and you don’t question what is beyond that. You may be experiencing a challenge or a change in your life that leaves you disoriented and fearful of the unknown. There arises a tension between letting go and moving on.
You experience this as a loss when it is actually the continuation of your personal journey.
I recently met a modern day Indiana Jones in Luke Dalla Bona of Archeology Vacations. Luke's passion for archeology in Ecuador followed several years as an archeologist in his native country Canada. In 2015 he relocated to Ecuador and began to focus on archeology in this rich area called Agua Blanca.
Just about 30 minutes away is an indigenous community called Agua Blanca. It is one of the oldest communities in Ecuador. Communities, or communes as they are called, are a form of traditional governance apart from the municipality kind of government other towns use. Founded in 1930 it is a commune within the boundaries of the Machallila National Park, a natural preserved area that contains the archeological remains of the most important pre-hispanic cultures of the Ecuadorian coast - the Manteño culture.
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...Here you rediscover who that really is. In those quiet moments you are renewed, inspired and creative. The burden of the world drops away revealing something genuine, fresh and true...
This is a place where strangers become friends.
And don't we all need that right now?
Women are notorious for putting themselves last, sacrificing their desires, wellbeing, time and energy in service of others. When I speak of coming to our retreats as the ultimate act of self-care women understand but remain shackled to the idea that to care for themselves is a selfish act (said negatively). Who are they to invest their money or time in a "vacation" on their own? It seems frivolous...until they realize that unless they practice self-care, unless they take care of themselves, their businesses, work, family and friends suffer as well. READ MORE
On Tuesday it will be one month since a major earthquake hit the Ecuadorian Coast. Time has stood still for many, memories of being trapped in rubble or the grief of losing loved ones is still fresh for them...The people want you to know that they still need your help. Thirty days is too short to forget the terror of a quaking earth and its consequences. READ MORE
In the aftermath of the April 16 Ecuadorian earthquake, the country seeks support to rebuild. This video is a touching message to Ecuador from the international community. Please support Ecuador through your donations.