LOCAL PERSPECTIVE

We want you to experience the country from a native perspective, not a tourist perspective; we want to show you places you won’t see on regular tours.

Cristina’s love for her country made her go to college to become a tour guide and tour operator. From 1987 to 1999 she organized trips in Ecuador for groups of German and Swiss tourists, and she guided them through the country and the Galapagos Islands where she’s been for 15 times. Later, she became a spa consultant, and she helped create and develop the spas in different resorts around the country. You’ll get to stay at some of these properties.

When she moved to United States she created Aromandina, a line of aromatherapy, using some sustainable essential oils from her Ecuador.

We started with a group of 10 friends in May 2018, then the word spread and we brought two more groups in 2019. Now more and more friends are signing up to join in our adventures.

We take care of every detail during the trip, from giving you ahead of time a list of what to wear every day, to watching for your health by giving you recommendations of what is safe to eat and what is not.

Ecuador

Straddling the equator and bordered by Colombia, Peru, and the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador is South America’s tiny country and is easily one of the most diverse on the planet with 25,000 plant species, 1,600 bird species, the mighty Andes, the lush Amazon, and nine national parks – including the unique Galápagos Islands. Packed with heritage, colonial architecture, rainforest, mountains, historic cities, and palm-fringed beaches, it is little wonder that Ecuador is known as ‘the microcosm of South America.’

Ecuador is divided into three continental regions: Coast, Andes Mountains (Sierra), Amazon Rainforest – The Galapagos Islands are also part of Ecuador.

Lunch time #cloudforest #ecuador #quito #hummingbird ...

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Maracuyá (Passiflora edulis) Granadilla
(Passiflora ligularis). Same family (passion fruit) but flavor is completely different. Maracuyá is tart and we usually will have it in juice or ice cream Sugar or some type of sweetener needs to be added.
Granadilla is very sweet and smooth. How you eat granadilla: you just slurp and swallow 😂. You don’t chew the seeds. #exoticfruit #tropicalfruit #ecuador🇪🇨 #ecuadoreangastronomy #ecuadorfood
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“Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.

Escribir, por ejemplo: “La noche está estrellada,
y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos.” - Pablo Neruda
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Mi delirio sobre el Chimborazo de Simón Bolívar

Yo venía envuelto en el manto de Iris, desde donde paga su tributo el caudaloso Orinoco al Dios de las aguas. Había visitado las encantadas fuentes amazónicas, y quise subir al atalaya del Universo. Busqué las huellas de La Condamine y de Humboldt; seguílas audaz, nada me detuvo; llegué a la región glacial, el éter sofocaba mi aliento. Ninguna planta humana había hollado la corona diamantina que pusieron las manos de la Eternidad sobre las sienes excelsas del dominador de los Andes. Yo me dije: este manto de Iris que me ha servido de estandarte, ha recorrido en mis manos sobre regiones infernales, ha surcado los ríos y los mares, ha subido sobre los hombros gigantescos de los Andes; la tierra se ha allanado a los pies de Colombia, y el tiempo no ha podido detener la marcha de la libertad. Belona ha sido humillada por el resplandor de Iris, ¿y no podré yo trepar sobre los cabellos canosos del gigante de la tierra? ¡Sí podré!

Y arrebatado por la violencia de un espíritu desconocido para mí, que me parecía divino, dejé atrás las huellas de Humboldt, empañando los cristales eternos que circuyen el Chimborazo. Llego como impulsado por el genio que me animaba, y desfallezco al tocar con mi cabeza la copa del firmamento: tenía a mis pies los umbrales del abismo.
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This is what a sunny morning looks like at the highest capital of the World. 2850 meters above sea level and right on the equator. Air is thin but crisp and clean thanks TO mandatory curfew. ...

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Cajas National Park ...

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@lpurisima never disappoints. We love their food and their creative drinks!! #quindetravel ...

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Happy guests! #quindetravel ...

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It’s not Europe. It’s Ecuador. Inside the domes of La Compañia church. #quito #ecuador #quito ...

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Climbing the domes of La Compañia church #quito #ecuador #quindetravel ...

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Climbing the domes of an old church #quindetravel #quito #colonialquito #quitocolonial ...

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Church domes #quito #quitocolonial #quindetravel ...

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Iguana crossing the sidewalk #guayaquil #guayaquilecuador ...

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Quito. #catedralmetropolitana #plazaindependenciaquito #plazaindependencia #quindetravel ...

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Cuenca Cathedral #quindetravel ...

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Cotopaxi from the air. #quindetravel #cotopaxi #ecuador ...

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Visiting new places in our beloved country. This is San Bartolomé. A town famous for its many luthiers. Artisans who make the most beautiful guitars out of the finest woods from the country. Most of the guitars are bought by foreign customers who appreciate this fine art. #quindetravel #ecuador #cuenca #luthierart #luthierguitars ...

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Visiting new places in our beloved country. This is San Bartolomé. A town famous for its many luthiers. Artisans who make the most beautiful guitars out of the finest woods from the country. Most of the guitars are bought by foreign customers who appreciate this fine art. #quindetravel #luthier #luthierguitars #ecuador #cuenca #couplestravelgoals #retireabroad #retirementparadise ...

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Cristina in action #quindetravel ...

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Taking our friends to visit San Francisco friary. The imposing structure has the distinction of being the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. @quindetravel @cristinaaroma ...

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So they decided to try the guinea pig. And they loved it! #cuy #ecuador #quindetravel ...

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Quito from the Cathedral domes #Quito #ecuador #quito ...

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The most beautiful roses in the world come from Ecuador Part 2 #ecuadoreanroses #quindetravel #valentines ...

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The most beautiful roses in the world come from Ecuador. Part 1 #quindetravel #ecuadoreanroses #valentinesday ...

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Avenue of the volcanoes: Chimborazo #quindetravel #chimborazo ...

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Avenue of the volcanoes: Ilinizas #quindetravel #Andeanmountains #ecuador ...

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Avenue of the volcanoes: Cotopaxi #ecuador #andes #cotopaxi #quindetravel ...

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Avenue of the volcanoes: Antisana #ecuador #quindetravel ...

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