Photos: Excellent views of Ecuador

Ecuador is recovering from a devastating earthquake from earlier this month which has prompted some tourists to cancel their trips to the South American country. That’s probably the worst thing you could do. The best way to help them recover is to visit and spend your tourist dollars in order to aid their economy.

Woman and child in Quito, Ecuador. #quito #ecuador #woman #child #travel #photography #portraits #cold

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Video: Semana Santa: One of the world’s most vibrant religious festivals

The week before Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week or Semana Santa in Spanish. It is the most significant period of the Christian calendar and has an especially important place in Latin American. Two places where the week is celebrated in great style are Antigua, Guatemala and Quito, Ecuador. This video from Matador Network takes you there.

Photos: Grand views of the Galapagos

The Galapagos are an extraordinary place to encounter wildlife on land and in water. The birds and animals go about their business as you visit so your shutter finger gets tired from taking so many photos. Here are some examples of what you can encounter there:

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Me and and my friend Sebby the seal #bestfriends #seal #galapagos 💙 😝 📷: @jscottdoran

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Red Rock Crab

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Galapagos by any other name

In Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are officially named “Archipiélago de Colón” or the Archipelago of Columbus which explains why some of the individual islands have names like Isabela after Queen Isabela of Spain and San Cristóbal in honor of Columbus himself. The irony is that Columbus never even came close to the islands.

Photo: Enter the Galapagos land iguana

About a meter long, this beefy Galapagos land iguana pretty much ignored us as we stumbled upon him during our visit to Santa Cruz Island. That was pretty much the case for every bird and animal we encountered in the Galapagos.

Wildlife is abundant on the islands and is oblivious to the humans that come to visit. That makes it easy to take spectacular closeup photographs which would be impossible elsewhere.

Almost as remarkable to me were the prickly pear cactus trees on this island that resembled something from a Dr. Seuss story.

The Galapagos is one of those places that lives up to the hype and is worthy of inclusion on every traveller’s bucket list.