La Casa Amarilla

In Baños, Ecuador, I hiked from the tiny town in the valley to La Casa del Arbol above. It’s that famous swing on the edge of a cliff, basically a required tourist photo opp: The hike is a short two-and-a-half hours, but entirely up-hill as you leave the city behind. Luckily, part-way up, I came across La Casa Armarilla.…… Continue reading La Casa Amarilla

Dulces, Postres, y Panaderias

While in Peru, I expected to eat chocolate with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But just as I’ve recently learned about Colombian coffee, most of Peru’s rich dark chocolates are exported. Cusco’s Mercado San Pedro is a great place to stock up on a few bars to take home. They range in price anywhere from eight -…… Continue reading Dulces, Postres, y Panaderias

Llapingacho: Budget Vegetarian 101 in Ecuador

Ecuador changed their national currency in 2000 from the sucre to the US dollar after the sucre’s exchange rate dropped 70% in one year. Now at the whim of the US economy, the currency change can still be a gamble. But most people will say that now, at least, it’s a good thing. Mathematically-challenged estadounidenses traveling to Ecuador…… Continue reading Llapingacho: Budget Vegetarian 101 in Ecuador