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Zero Lab in Quito: Elevating Ecuadorian food to an art… and a science

"It's my conviction," says Juan Sebastián Gallardo, head chef of Zero Lab, "that Ecuadorian cuisine is the best in the world. I truly believe that. From the products, the flavors, the intriguing aspects, to the popular culina...

Journey to the Seed at Zero Lab

Few experiences are like this. Let's begin with the location. In a quiet and peaceful area in the northern part of the city, far from the "gastronomic" neighborhoods like La Floresta or La Mariscal, Zero Lab is easy to locate...

From city to jungle… traveling from Ikala Quito Hotel to Yacuma Ecolodge

Imagine a journey that takes you from an elegant family hotel in the busy capital of Quito to the untamed depths of the Amazon rainforest. Such an adventure promises something transformative… perhaps transcendental! A change ...

Ikala: Finding Refuge in Quito’s New Town

In the heart of Quito's modern city,  Ikala Quito Hotel invites us to revel in the concept behind the name. From the Aymara, Anahí Torres, the hotel’s manager, tells us ikala means ‘refuge’: “in the heart of a cosmopolitan ci...

Yacuma Ecolodge, a sustainable retreat in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Yacuma Ecolodge sits amidst two rivers… the Napo and the Chontayacu, between the provinces of Orellana and Napo in eastern Ecuador. Here, deep in the jungle, surrounded by hectares of primary forest, lies the ecological proje...

Treats on the Road

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Off-Road Adventures

Ñan Adventures

From city to jungle… traveling from Ikala Quito Hotel to Yacuma Ecolodge

Imagine a journey that takes you from an elegant family hotel in the busy capital of Quito to the untamed depths of the Amazon rainforest. Such an adventure promises something transformative… perhaps transcendental! A change ...

San Francisco: Everyone’s Church

They say that such was the magnificence of San Francisco Church in Colonial times, that King Felipe II of Spain —when approving the construction of its emblematic towers— boasted he could see them, sitting on his throne, loom...

360° all along the Chimborazo volcano

The 6,263 meters-above-sea-level summit is enough to inspire awe and make one wish to honor such an imposing height... but most prefer to observe it from afar. We leave the feat of climbing to the top for experienced mountain...

Finer Things

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Ñan Archive

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.

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At One with the Planet

The Legacy of the Straw Hat

In 2012, UNESCO recognized the artistry of the iconic Ecuadorian straw hat, known as the "sombrero de paja toquilla", as Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity. To truly appreciate the depth of its cultural significance, o...
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