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Foodie Stop: Shari Sushi Bar

Shari Sushi Fusion is an example of good international food in Portoviejo. As its name suggests, this restaurant is a personal take on Japanese food. Five years ago, chef Leonardo Pinargote brought his concept to the city and...

Foodie Stop: El Especial

For an authentic Portoviejo lunch you'll have to visit Picantería El Especial, a business that began over two decades ago as a portable “cart” in the town of Picoazá. In the land of ceviche… it means something to be recognize...

Foodie Stop: Jean Pierre

The most complete breakfast in Portoviejo it's served at Jean Pierre. Whoever doesn't leave utterly satisfied from here just doesn't want to. All the essentials of Portoviejo cuisine are the order of the day. “It all start...

HACIENDA CUSIN: a.d. 1602. ‘400 years of welcome’

​​Hacienda Cusin invites you to stroll endlessly along its flowering paths, read entire novels by a crackling fireplace as the evening sets in over Mount Imbabura, and explore the wonders of not only the hacienda itself, but ...

Foodie Stop: El Deli

Across the street from Puembo’s main square, hidden byond one of many flowery façades, we discover a delicatessen chock full of exclusive products ready to add a gourmet touch to any meal. We are then awestruck at its bea...

Treats on the Road

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Off-Road Adventures

Ñan Adventures

Check out our Cuenca church tour!

We love Cuenca, it's as simple as that. So much so that two of our issues focus on countless aspects of Cuenca's culture, attractions, artists, museums, idiosyncrasies, crafts, etc... (as well as the excellent travel routes t...

Condor Trek: through the King of the Andes path

The ancestor speak of the legend of Pachacamac, creator of the universe. He put a sacred bird on Earth: the Condor. And its purpose would be to serve as messenger between spirits and humans. I imagine that is why its flight i...

Soul-searching in Archidona

Visiting Archidona requires an open mind, one that seeks experience beyond logic. There are no stories here, only legends. And those who tell them are inspired by spirits and ‘ancestors’. For those venturing here, challenging...

Hidden Gems: Ruta del Spondylus

Ruta del Spondylus is the coastal road that runs over 600km from Playas to Esmeraldas, named for a type of mollusk that inhabits the waters of the Pacific Ocean and has a beautiful shell that appears in shades of yellow, oran...

Seven first-timer things to do in Cuenca

The summer’s here and so is Ecuador’s independence weekend… and it is always a good idea to go to Cuenca, the city of “four rivers”, Ecuador’s "most pretty” (according to more than one traveler)… Ñan and the Cuenca Touris...

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

Written in Stone

Who am I? Where do I come from and where am I going? We have all asked ourselves these questions, yet never do we receive the same answers. For designer César López, the first clues of this personal search came to him written...
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