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F is for Ferias, Fiestas, and Free Wheeling

♦ FERIAS & FIESTAS provide five-star occasions to learn traditions, meet people, and just plain have fun while joining the party.   The following events are worth noting on a travel planning calendar: February:  Carnaval, is nationwide. Public concerts, parades, city…

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E is for Equator and Escondida Trail

♦ The EQUATOR a.k.a. MITAD DEL MUNDO a.k.a. Middle of the World. Located just 20 minutes outside the capital, this tourist complex was constructed to mark the Equator outside Quito and sits at 0 degrees latitude (or close enough according…

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D is for Dine, Dance, and Dollar

♦ DINE AROUND QUITO --- on Ecuadorian cuisine: Top suggestions from Ecuador’s delegates to TMLA in 2013 were---in order of popularity for traditional dining:  La Choza,  Rincon la Ronda, Mi Cocina (tied with) Lo Nuestro.   Or try this new restaurant…

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C is for Craft Beer, Cotocachi, & More

♦ CRAFT BEER sampling is IN, with microbreweries are cropping up all over town, each brewing up their cerveza artisanal: flagship beers, creative ales and seasonal brews. You might, for example head for Bandido Brewery, an American style microbrewery, located…

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B is for Birds and Banana Republic

♦ Quito is for the BIRDS, with the hummingbirds: colibres, the undisputed super-stars of the area. The urban area of Quito is dominated by two species in particular: the Sparkling Violetear and the Black-tailed Trainbearer.   Reserves close to Quito, including …

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