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Cruising the Galapagos Islands

Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

Tom from Andean Trails, shares with us his recent experiences of cruising the Galapagos Islands in another of his great guest blogs.

3 Top Day Hikes around Quito

Friday, 17 June 2016 00:00

If you are planning a trip to Ecuador, you may be heading to the Galapagos Islands or venturing into the Amazon Rainforest. For those of you who are looking for adventure and want to get off the beaten track we really recommend you also include at least one day out hiking in the Andes around Quito.

Emma Morgan, co-founder of Original Ecuador Walking Tours, fills us in on the essential bits and pieces that she carries in her day-pack when hiking in the Andes of Ecuador.

The Galapagos Islands is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination. Choosing between a cruise and a land-based trip is a massive decision. Here, Andean Trails’ Tom gives advice to help you make the perfect Galapagos holiday decision.

Ecuador Earthquake Information

Sunday, 17 April 2016 00:00

For all those concerned and who want to help, please read this information on the situation in Ecuador, following the major earthquake which occurred on 16th April 2016.

Many people ask us what advice we would give them before setting off on their Ecuador Hiking Tour. Here are our 5 top tips which we recommend you take into consideration before you set off on yours.

Ecuador Biking Holiday - Guide Supremo!

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

Original Ecuador ran it's first Ecuador Biking Tour in 2015, in conjunction with Latin Link. The intrepid bikers journeyed through the Ecuadorian Andes for 10 days enjoying beautiful trails, backdrops, scenery and adventures. Freelance journalist Grant Dyson shares with us a glowing report of Andrés, the group's cycling 'Guide Supremo".

Zika in Ecuador – What you need to know

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Today, 1st February 2016, the World Health Organisation has declared that the Zika virus poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response. It has been detected in a number of countries across the Americas in recent months.

Cotopaxi National Park Reopens

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

When Cotopaxi Volcano showed signs of increased activity in August 2015, the national park was closed to the public. After months of close monitoring, the decision was made to reopen the park in December 2015. If you are planning on visiting, please take into consideration the following guidelines and information:

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in the presence of an active volcano? Read our top 12 facts about the eruptive process of Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador.

Papallacta River Hike

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

Emma from Original Ecuador, and her 10 year old daughter Emilia, set off to Papallacta this weekend to explore the Papallacta River Hike. Read about their mini adventure here.

Lakes, volcanoes and why we’re all here

Friday, 07 August 2015 00:00

Tom Shearman from Andean Trails, a UK based travel company offering adventure holidays in South America, came to visit us in Ecuador and we took him off for a couple of beautiful days hiking in the Northern Andes. This is what he had to say of his experience.

Huairasinchi World Adventure Race in Ecuador

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Top adventure sports teams from around the world are competing in Ecuador this week as the country proudly hosts the Huairasinchi Adventure Racing World Championship 2014.

Travelling just a couple of hours north-west of Ecuador’s capital Quito and venturing down the outer slopes of the Western Andes, you enter into a world of tumbling waterfalls, crystalline rivers, endemic orchids, colourful hummingbirds and thick, verdant forests packed full of wildlife.

Palm Sunday in Pictures - Quito 2014

Sunday, 13 April 2014 23:49

Palm Sunday is always an important day of the year among Ecuador's predominantly Catholic society. Walking through the streets of Quito today there was a wonderfully vibrant and colourful atmosphere, with music and prayer filling the air. Here are some of the photos we took along the way.


Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:46

Giant colourful letters have been appearing in 19 cities across the world, from London to Sao Paolo, each letter brightly decorated and representing one of Ecuador’s many attractions. Put together, the letters spell out the phrase ‘All You Need is Ecuador’ – Ecuador’s new slogan and biggest tourism campaign to date.

Travel Oscars in Quito

Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:46

World Travel Awards (WTA), which have come to be known as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’; will be hosting their South and Central America Award ceremony in Quito this year.

Quito Walking Tour - Guapulo

Thursday, 13 March 2014 17:18

Guapulo, a bohemian and artsy sector of Quito, is one of the city’s little-known treasures and a great place to explore on foot according to Original Ecuador co-founder, Emma Morgan. Emma has lived in this historic and attractive district of Quito since moving to Ecuador from the UK in 2002.

Family Hiking in Cotopaxi National Park

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 20:14

Emma Morgan, co-founder of Original Ecuador, shares with us her recent experiences of hiking in the Cotopaxi region with her 8 year old daughter.

New 2014 Ecuador Tours Online

Friday, 10 January 2014 21:36

Imagine Galapagos. Think Amazon Rainforests. Picture Andean Volcanoes.

Whether you are a nature lover, adventure junky or just passionate about exploring the great outdoors, Ecuador is for you!

Reflecting on the Rainforest

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:53

Back in May of this year Original Ecuador welcomed a group of Animal Care students to Ecuador from Deeside College in North Wales, UK.

Lecturer Sarah Cocks, the driving force behind this special educational trip, explains a little more about the importance of this once-in-a-lifetime experience for her students.

Ecuador - A Top Ten World Destination

Sunday, 11 August 2013 00:00

Ecuador has proudly been placed in fourth place by the guide book Lonely Planet in their Top Ten World Destinations for 2013.

Ecological Airport Terminal in Galapagos

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 22:12

The world's first ecological airport terminal has begun fully operating in the Galapagos Islands. Around US$24 million has been invested with a priority being placed on utilizing solar and wind energy along with water recycling.

Quito Must-See in 2013

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 08:46

Great news for Ecuador as National Geographic Traveler magazine names Quito as one of the top places to visit during 2013.

Botanica Exhibition

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 08:44

For those of you who are in Quito or will be visiting soon - we can wholly recommend the Botanica Exhibition in the Museum of Watercolour and Drawing. This exhibition of botanical paintings by Maria Dolores Salgado, depicts Ecuadorian plants, fruits, flowers & orchids.

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