Spend Some Time in Chile: Why Chile Should Be In Your Future

Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world because of its shape and topography. Its long thin shape leads to many attributes that are not seen in most places of the world, including a diverse climate, from deserts in the northern region to glaciers in the south. Apart from the mainland, Chile also claims a few outlying islands including Easter Island and

2018-04-05T13:50:26+00:00

15 Interesting and Fun Things To Do in Ecuador

There are so many interesting and fun things to do in Ecuador. This small coastal country offers travelers a wealth of outdoor adventures - you can explore the vibrant Amazonian rainforest, discover the rich wildlife of Galapagos Islands, or simply soak in the scenic views of the Andes. Since it’s filled with a wide array of wonders squeezed into one tiny country, narrowing a list

2018-03-05T12:45:28+00:00

Middle of the World Visit near Quito, Ecuador

Have you ever heard of the terms "center of the world, Ecuador"? I had no idea there was an exact location where you could go and stand at the location of latitude 0 longitude 0 in Ecuador! Latitude 0 0 0 is the earth's center point - 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds. People come from around the world to stand at this exact location

2018-02-26T09:17:49+00:00

Ecuador: A Day Trip from Cuenca to a “Guild Town” known as Chordeleg

There are many adorable small towns nestled in the foothills of the Azuay province near Cuenca, Ecuador. This area is the new hub for American retirees that I wrote about in my article "Should We Retire to Ecuador?" The picturesque town of Chordeleg is one of those small quaint towns. Getting there from Cuenca was easy, the bus crested a hill and rolled down into a lush

2018-02-27T07:59:10+00:00

Ecuadorian Food: Cuenca’s Variety of Food Goodness

South American food was one of my favorite types of food (specifically Chilean) until I came across Ecuadorian food! Having a husband from Chile, I loved those handmade meat and cheese empanadas that are so easy to pack in a lunch or to eat by hand. Pastel de chocolo, a beef/meat corn pie is also one of my favorites. So when I visited Ecuador for

2018-03-04T22:31:31+00:00

Should We Retire in Ecuador? Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca,  Ecuador is a UNESCO World Heritage city and the charming, colonial capital city of Ecuador. Going there is like stepping back in time, to another world, quite different from my own world. But, "o what a world it is!" Filled with over 52 churches and picturesque views of the Cajas Mountains, it will charm you. Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador and lies at around

2018-02-26T11:01:54+00:00

Out of my Comfort Zone: Montañita, Ecuador

I not only like to travel, but I love to travel. So imagine my surprise when even for me, I end up out of my comfort zone! Where on earth could this be? It happened to be Montañita, Ecuador.It was just one of those places that make me feel a little uneasy. Montañita is a little beachside town about one hour's drive outside of Guayaquil in

2018-03-10T20:04:52+00:00

The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador

Ecuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them is in Otavalo, northwest of Quito. The Otavalo Market takes places every Saturday. The market has hundreds of stalls where locals sell their goods. This indigenous market is well known for weaving, thus selling scarves, hats, and sweaters. However, there are many indigenous markets in Ecuador, with Otavalo being the most well known

2018-02-21T03:39:35+00:00

Galapagos Islands Holidays: An Archipelago Like No Other on Earth

Eclipse Yacht, AdventureSmith Explorations, Photo by PointsandTravel.com Galapagos Islands Holidays: The Science Behind the Island The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 650 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. They are isolated from any other land formation or island group. About half the size of New Jersey, you may ask yourself, according to geographical size, why are

2018-03-07T20:59:45+00:00

The Galapagos Islands – Birds of a Feather

The Galapagos Islands are famous worldwide for the endemic Galapagos animals, in particular, their fascinating birds of origin, many found nowhere else in the world! I was enamored by the variety of birds I saw on this trip booked through AdventureSmith Explorations, a small, intimate tour booking company that handles luxury accommodations on small ship expedition cruises, as well as wilderness adventures. And as they say

2018-02-24T10:37:19+00:00

Galapagos Islands – Here I come again!

I wanted to let you guys know about some exciting news in my upcoming travels… I will be returning to a place that is near and dear to my heart this month, in fact, I leave in just a few days. I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the Galapagos Islands. I went last year and I cannot tell you what an

2017-12-31T22:35:34+00:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa

By Cacinda Maloney Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa Maybe it is just an urban legend to spook tourist from visiting this tiny island in the center of Galapagos, far out in the Pacific Ocean. But from the look in the deckhand’s eyes, it was as real as if he saw her himself. The way

2017-07-10T18:28:45+00:00

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos

  Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos By Cacinda Maloney Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos  - Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny spot on Floreana Island, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. This

2017-07-10T18:29:26+00:00

Balsa Surf Camp in Montañita, Ecuador

By Cacinda Maloney Tropical Flower at Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, Ecuador Tropical Flower at Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, Ecuador So here I am, expecting a "hidden treasure"  with "perfect waves" and "golden sand" and a "tropical paradise", taken directly from wiki.  I don't know who writes this wiki stuff, but we have different ideas about what paradise is!! Road to

2018-01-27T22:05:02+00:00

Cultural Tourism in a City Upon a Hill: Quito, Ecuador

Cultural Tourism: Quito, Ecuador Ecuador Turismo Ecuador’s cultural attractions are beginning to get more attention these days than its pristine Galapagos Islands. They are well known for a segment of tourism known as Natural Tourism and do a great job at sustainable tourism as well. But it is high time for this country to continue to develop cultural activities and highlight the local

2018-02-26T10:42:53+00:00

Graffiti #2

By Cacinda Maloney Something about graffiti always catches my eye.  I usually photograph it in almost every city I go to.  Here is Graffiti #1 post and I am sure there will be many more to follow.  Which is your favorite? Train station in Italy Cuenca, Ecuador   Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain

2017-07-10T18:32:18+00:00

A Tribute: Sergio Castillo, a Chilean Sculptor

Sergio Castillo Sergio Castillo (13 May 1925 – 19 August 2010) You never really know who you will meet on your travels.  Looking at him, I never would have dreamed that he had created such a mass amount of great work that was stunning and thought provoking.  I loved the smoothness of his metal art pieces. The pieces were heavy, cool to the touch, and

2018-03-11T09:45:03+00:00

Graffiti #1

By Cacinda Maloney Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. I'm not sure what it is, but graffiti to me is interesting in non USA cities.  In the US, it seems so destructive and a violation of personal property.  But in other

2017-07-10T18:35:11+00:00

Lima, Peru: Still relatively an unknown, exotic city for most Americans to visit

By Cacinda Maloney Lima, Peru Mainstream guidebooks don’t do Lima justice.  It is a city that should be on every travelers list, known as the City of Kings, or “Los Cuidad de los Reyes”.  It extends outward from the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coastline with a mix of Spanish Colonial and the Peruvian Andes culture all rolled into one. The energy, as well as

2017-07-10T22:58:50+00:00