Throughout these rolling hills and mountains tucked behind the Illinizas, communities are hard at work, tilling, sewing, harvesting, processing, selling. Their fertile lands might one day become as famous, for their beauty and for their products, as the Loire or Napa valleys of the developed
There is a town in the province of Cotopaxi where shopping centers have actually gone out of fashion — or were never actually in fashion — where clothing is not displayed in storefront windows or on mannequins, where wears are not placed on racks and
When I think of Latacunga’s signature dish, the chugchucara, I must confess that I fall prey to a syndrome that we’ve all experienced when we desire something intensely: my mind is transported. I travel to what “chugchucara street" (calle Quijano y Ordóñez), where a singular
How should we best visit majestic Cotopaxi? What is the best way to approach this mythical mountain, the true crown of the Ecuadorian Andes, with the respect a mere mortal could owe Him? Of course, no one thinks of this when they plan their visit.
Fanesca is that Good Friday all-in-one potage that drives any good Quiteño crazy… mainly because he has to wait an entire year to have it again! Some actually say the best fanesca can only be concocted by one’s own mother, and for centuries, you could
“Imbabura is a very healing region. There’s something special here. And the people have great gifts for healing.” With this sentiment as her guiding star, María Teresa Ponce sought out the perfect place to start a business which, she admits, she knew little to nothing
"Ecuador is a real paradise for any chef. The variety of products, the ease of obtaining them, the local farmers who care for their vegetable gardens as if they were puppies
On the crispiest of focaccias, La Mecha sprinkles fresh ingredients and her savoir-faire. It's a simple récipe. But the secret is that it’s excellent. A wood-oven
Is there a better way to imbue one’s spirit with Quito’s heritage Historic Center than actually sleeping in it? And the best version of it! Casa Gangotena is, as one happy customer put it, “Ritz-Carlton-style service with Ecuadorian warmth”.
In a city of views, many hotels vie for the title of ‘best location with the best view of the city’. The Hilton Colón is definitely amid the contenders. The hotel occupies a privileged location at the southern end of La Mariscal neighborhood, the capital’s