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Playa Canela: Unwinding in Salinas

This seaside boutique bed-and-breakfast/hotel located on the Costa de Oro in Salinas opened its doors in 2009. Its unique style, designed by Spanish architect Xavier Romagosa and Ecuadorian interior designer Cecilia Molestina...

A New Cuisine

Bárbara Vela created Upála Tea & Desserts in Quito to break away from the stereotypes that surround vegan food: that “it’s just salad", "it tastes bad", "it’s weird"... And as her venture flourished, Bárbara little by lit...

Rayuela Resto Bar

Like the children’s game, with the pebble and the chalk, rayuela (hopscotch), can make life more enjoyable, and Riobamba’s Rayuela Resto-bar is no exception. All effort and stress will float away in this place where bringing ...

Viejo Minero: Rock in Loja

For people whose lives are lived through rock n’ roll, this address is key: Calle Sucre and Azuay, number 10-76. An old man with a beard is carved into the wooden plaque that crowns the entrance, "El Viejo Minero", (the Old M...

Camino de Incas y Cañaris: On the Food Trail from Cuenca

The road from Cuenca to Azogues is sacred. It winds its way through revered land, the mountains of Pachamama and Cojitambo, mythical and ancient sites that are witnesses to the cultural and natural wealth of the area, a lands...

Treats on the Road

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Sea, surfing and adventure in Guayaquil

Looking for the best adventure options close to Guayaquil? Here are our siggestions: SURFING Surf’s up! We don’t think we need to tempt you with the wonders of grabbing a board and heading into the breakers to try your ...

Life’s a Playas: Exploring the coast southwest and south of Guayaquil

When we decided, for this issue, to center on the city’s river, it was inevitable that we head out to sea, since one is an extension of the other. So, our route takes us to the closest beaches to Guayaquil (only an hour’s dri...

Zapotillo, border country

You have to open your eyes wide: darkness prevails and you barely distinguish the banana trees that line the path. The smell of garlic, orange, different herbs is everywhere. At the end of the road, a woman in a pink top is d...

South to Amaluza

An exploration route, for those who have the adventurous vein and the desire to see and discover desert roads... They say that to uncover Inca treasures, you need to visit Loja. Amid a purple, terracotta landscape, one can...

Vilcabamba, a certain kind of paradise

Like everything in the province of Loja, Vilcabamba really merits an entire issue of Ñan. As our friend Elvia Delgado would say, "now that one will be a best-seller!" She feels deep pride for this town, her town. She speaks a...

Finer Things

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Ñan 34: Humboldt & Bonpland in Ecuador

Humboldt and Bonpland entered what is today Ecuador on January 1, 1802. Their eight-month stay in the country would cause great repercussions around the world. It is impossible to prove to what extent the Europeans’ critiques of the colonial system encouraged the Quiteños to rise up and declare Independence from Spain seven years later.

Dumbfounded

By: Ilan Greenfield Ph...

Roque Sevilla: Inspired by Humboldt

The spirit of Humboldt ha...

At One with the Planet

Ancient exchange

Fifty years ago, somewhere in the province of Chimborazo, the indigenous world existed in a beguiling state of isolation that no longer saw a way out of its poverty, that had lost its prior impetus to "rise up" against Coloni...
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