A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)
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Encebollado has become a family favorite here in Ecuador. We eat it at least once a week. Although we had heard of encebollado mixto (also known as encebollado con camarones - or shrimp) we hadn't had it yet. A friend of ours sells it only on Sunday. The rest of the week it is the regular ... [Read more]


There are two ways to use a cell phone in Ecuador. Plan or prepaid. In this post I'll give a break down of the three main carriers in Ecuador and the costs to use each one. In Canada, almost everyone we knew had a cell phone plan. It gave lots of talk time, no hassle and ... [Read more]

ecuador sunburn

Sun protection is very important while traveling in Ecuador - especially in the Andes. And it is even more important if you are living in Ecuador. The atmosphere is thinner at higher elevations and allows more harmful UV rays to get through. This puts you at higher risk of burns and other skin problems. The ... [Read more]

Ecuador news

Get the latest Ecuador news direct from one of Ecuador's 32 daily newspapers. In this post, we share all the major daily newspapers in Ecuador. Every one of them is in Spanish. There are no English dailies in Ecuador. Don't read Spanish? No problem. Most expats and travelers are using Google translate to get their ... [Read more]

galapagos bodyboarding

Sure the Galapagos has amazing animals and incredible landscapes. But what about bodyboarding? :) During a few free hours on Isabela Island, Drew and I went bodyboarding. And it was one of the highlights of our trip. We laughed (and screamed) for a solid hour. It is something I will never forget. We borrowed boards ... [Read more]


This is part of our Expat Profile Series. Do you have a story? Share your Story here.  http://www.life-in-ecuador.com I live in Tena, Ecuador. We moved to Tena in 1998 and I have lived here off and on ever since. Most recently, we moved back to Tena after an extended trip the US in 2011. I was born in ... [Read more]


There are a lot of nice little towns in the province of Azuay. If you are staying in the city of Cuenca, they make a fun day trip. Or if you live in Cuenca, the small towns like Gualaceo make for a great vacation spot. Gualaceo is a pretty little town near a river. It's located in a ... [Read more]


A few weeks ago we went to El Sabor De Las Costeñitas Restaurant in Cuenca. I had pan-fried breaded corvina. It was amazing! Mom had pescado encocado (fish in a coconut sauce) and dad had Encebollado with shrimp. I am a sucker for sea food so I really loved this restaurant. It was a small ... [Read more]


A great way to see Quito is from above. The TelefériQo (a combination of teleférico and Quito) runs up the foothills of Pichincha Volcano and offers a crazy view of Quito. It  is a gondola lift (also known as a cable car). Travels 2,237 linear meters in just 8 minutes Rises from 3,117 meters (10, ... [Read more]


Calé de Queso is a nice little cafe in Cuenca Ecuador. It's located on Baltazara de Calderon 3-76 and Gran Colombia where the two streets form a Y. This cafe reminded us of one of our favorite cafes back in Canada which was decorated in a similar colonial style. The house that the Calé de Queso cafe is ... [Read more]

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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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