4.000 to 5.000 years ago two indigenous cultures lived in the river valleys of Rio Magdalena and the Cauca. The rivers were their highways and the headwaters of both rivers lie near San Agustin. It was here that these cultures met for trade and to bury their dead. Today there are more than 500 statues in the region, mainly linked to tombs. There are several archaeological sites to visit. Apart from that, the area around San Agustin is full of coffee and fruit plantations as well as beautiful scenery. more „The ancient statues of San Agustin“
While travelling through South America, we met many people that are more or less doing the same thing as we are. Everyone travels either from the south to the north or vice versa. We rarely meet people that just travel one country for three weeks. And absolutely everyone told us how amazing Colombia was. So even though we hadn´t seen enough of Ecuador yet, we had to move on to have enough time for Colombia. more „On the way to Colombia“
After too many South American cities we got a big surprise – Quito! The historic center was the most idyllic and the people were great – just as every else in Ecuador. more „We love Quito!“
After two rainy beach days in Puerto Lopez with great seafood we found this beautiful village just two hours from Quito. Mindo is a paradise for hikers and bird-lovers. more „Mindo – a village in the cloud forest“
This island has the largest developed town at Galapagos. We didn´t like the town too much because it was too busy and crowdy. On the other hand, it got the cheapest hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. A visit to Santa Cruz is also obligatory due to all the beautiful tours and excursions that start from here. more „The most beautiful place on earth (Part II)“
Galapagos – one of the destinations we have been looking forward to the most on our trip. And it didn´t disappoint us. Being at Galapagos feels like going to a huge zoo – we have never been at any place in the world where we had been able to interact that closely with animals in the wild without really disturbing them. When you just saw giant tortoises and snorkeled with sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea lions and many more, and then suddenly a dolphin jumps really high out of the water, you feel like this must be a dream. It is hard to find the words to describe this place. We spent 10 days in this paradise and were more than sad to leave… more „The most beautiful place on earth (Part I)“
Ecuador – in this relatively small country we expect wildlife watching, beaches, more Andean cities and much more.