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Is it Safe to Volunteer in Ecuador During the Protests?

Ecuador’s numerous indigenous nationalities are very unhappy with the current government at the moment and are going through their second major set of protests in the last couple of months. In the last set of protests I was asked by IC Magazine, a publication of the Center...

Nariz del Diablo Train

It has taken years and billions of dollars to renovate the old Nariz del Diablo train and the track infrastructure which was designed at the turn of the 19th century for steam engines. Unfortunately being able to ride on the roof of the train, one of the biggest drawcards for...

Ozogoche “Bird Suicide Lake” Festival Ecuador

The lakes and lagoons of Ozogoche are one of Ecuadors most enigmatic and sacred sites which are infamous for being an “Elephant Cementary” for birds. The Ozogoche Lake Complex consists of 45 separate lakes and lagoons located at 3,700 meters and surrounded by the...

The Sounds of Latin America (Part 1)

Here are a few songs that embody the beautiful and diverse styles of music from Latin America. You will no doubt hear many of them once you arrive but for those among us that are impatient and prefer to be transported for the briefest of moments to this magical continent right...

The Lost Pyramid Puñay

The most important archeological site in Ecuador is the pre-Incan pyramid built 2400 years BC on the peak of a mountain in the Andes. The pyramid is called Puñay and is 450 meters long and 40 meters tall and built at 3245 metres above sea level making it the highest located...

Fiestas de Riobamba

Between the 17th to the 24th of April the entire city of Riobamba will be celebrating the Fiestas de Abril. During the week there will be 95 events ranging from the academic and cultural to the artistic and musical. There is also a three day street parade full of marching bands...

Volunteers on Horseback Around the Andes

Hey guys I apologise for that last email sent out with the mangled bits of code. I was experimenting with a new Photo Gallery plugin for wordpress and needless to say the experiment failed spectacularly hehe. Right now im writing from the beautiful city of La Paz in Bolivia. It...

Canoa de Ecuador on New Years

Here are some photos off Dane from Melbournes camera first of the Animal Rescue Center and then on the coast at Canoa where we celebrated New Years Eve! Check out these photos of the Tapir, the largest land mammal in Latin America. It roams around in the jungle around the Animal...