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Z is for Zuleta Embroidery & Zazu Restaurant

ZULETA EMBROIDERY, perhaps the finest in Ecuador, was originally used to decorate the garments women of the northern Andean village of Zuleta, who boast a centuries-old tradition of weaving, which expanded to embroidery with the arrival of the Spanish in…

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X is for Xmas Bird Count

The annual XMAS BIRD COUNT is a tradition worldwide, and on the world stage, Ecuador annually ranks among the top international contenders, with the big count totals coming from Mindo, 25 miles from Quito. The town of Mindo (in Pichincha…

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W is for Wanderbus and World Travel Awards

♦ WANDERBUS  offers the first and only hop-on/hop-off at any-point-along-the-way bus travel option around Ecuador: from the Andes to the Amazon to the Pacific Coast.  Wanderbusers can go all over the country, on carefully planned routings --- starting or ending…

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V is for Vegetarian dining

When TMLA 2013 delegates cast votes for best VEGETARIAN DINING in Quito, the top-rated was El Maple in LaMariscal, attractive restaurant with a Spanish book library and art on the walls, whose menu includes veggie burgers and chorizo sausage, soy…

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U is for UNESCO and Uvilla

♦ UNESCO, which in 1978 chose Quito to be its very first city to be declared a World Heritage Site. Why?  Just take a look at the city’s 791-acre historic center, the largest and best-preserved colonial neighborhood in Latin America.  Just…

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T is for Tren Ecuador, Tigua Art, and Tagua Jewelry

♦ TREN ECUADOR (a.k.a. Tren Crucero), award-winner of finest luxury train experience in South America, rides the rails along the 280-mile route between Quito and Guayaquil, providing what amounts to a four-night cornucopia of culturally rich experiences combined with stays…

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S is for Spas and Street Art

♦ AH, THE SPAS In Quito, JW Marriott invites guests to unwind with Vinotherapy, a new treatment blending fine wine and blissful relaxation. Vinotherapy, an innovative wellness treatment infusing the healing properties of wine and grapes with body and facial…

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