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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]


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]


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]


Ecuador has a lot of delicious cultural dishes. Living in the Andes mountains means we are used to the food eaten in the sierra. There is not that much seafood on the menu up here. Recently we were invited to try some coastal food at a restaurant in Cuenca called El Sabor De Las Costeñitas (roughly ... [Read more]


We have lived and traveled in the beautiful Sierra (mountains) region of Ecuador for almost 5 years. This post is all about how breathtaking it is! The Sierra takes in the Ecuador's Andes mountains and the Interandean highlands. We've traveled from Azauy to Cañar to Quito and we've put some of our favorite photos into ... [Read more]


We took this picture while swimming at Las Grietas in the Galapagos Islands. The water at Las Grietas is crystal clear and emerald green! On a sunny day it's a travel photographers dream.


Birds are so interesting! There is something so captivating about them, their beautiful colors, songs, and not to mention their ability to fly. I mean who has never wished they could spread there arms out and just take off? Something I don't often think about is what wonderful builders they are. They make their nests ... [Read more]


We got this photo on our way back from a visit to Playa Escondida while visiting Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands. As we came into Academy Bay the sun was setting, it was gorgeous!


This beautiful young Ecuadorian woman was selling clothing at a market near Casa de la Mujer in Cuenca. She was dressed in modern clothes with traditional beads around her neck. I like the way this photo captures the modern mixed with the traditional.


One of the things I love most about travel photography is capturing textures. I find the adobe houses in Ecuador captivating because of their textures and earth tones. While I had read about homes made out of adobe bricks while we were researching Ecuador, I didn't really think about what they would be like. Adobe bricks are ... [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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