Ecuador

Sights in Quito’s Old Town

Quito’s Old Town is what makes the city famous, containing a huge number of colonial churches and religious buildings set around elegant plazas. Old Town is cleaner, safer, and a joy to wander around following a recent multimillion-dollar regeneration. While there are excellent guided maps and multilingual tours to be had, independent travelers will find exploring easy with expert author Ben Westwood’s account of the area.

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Discover Quito, Ecuador’s Capital City

Ecuador’s capital is a city that scales many heights, not least in terms of elevation. Quito is an intriguing mix of old and new: colonial squares and concrete office blocks, traditional markets and modern malls, indigenous artisans and fashion-conscious professionals—and this diversity allows visitors to have the best of both worlds.

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Volunteer with Merazonia in Ecuador

Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Volunteers work with animals under strict guidelines and help maintain the grounds and enclosures. Learn more about the work, its requirements, and how to apply.

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Volunteer with Jatun Sacha in Ecuador

Jatun Sacha (JS) is a self-sustaining nonprofit organization that owns and maintains five private nature reserves working closely with communities to “promote the conservation of Ecuador’s biodiversity”. Volunteers work eight-hour days and can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Ryan Dubé

Ryan Dubé

Ryan Dubé first arrived in Peru more than a decade ago, as an exchange student in Lima. He was captivated by the country’s diversity and history and charmed by the kindness of its people. After completing his degree in Latin American studies and anthropology, Ryan returned to Lima where he now lives with his wife, Tatiana, and their sons, Ticiano and Benicio.

Using Lima as his base, Ryan has traveled throughout Peru—both its most famous sites and lesser-known attractions. He has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explored the islands on Lake Titicaca, and slept under the stars in the Amazon. He has traveled to Chincha and El Carmen, the home of an annual Afro-Peruvian music festival, and Pozuzo, a remote village in the high jungle.

Ryan currently works as a journalist, specializing in economics, business, and politics. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe & Mail, and BNamericas, among others.