You guys, I grew up in Ecuador. I spent the first 18 years of my life living there. I loved it, and it was a totally idyllic childhood.
Fast forward to today. I’ve been to around 50 countries all over the world, and I still say Ecuador is super charming, beautiful, accessible and EVERYONE SHOULD GO AT LEAST ONCE.
Lucky for me, my sister still lives there, so I have an excuse/reason to go more often than most.
Look: tiny country, 4 distinct geological regions. Amazon jungle, Andes mountains, Pacific coast and Galapagos islands.
Quito is one of the oldest colonial capitals in the New World, and the city has done so much restoration in the past 10 years. Downtown is a treasure trove of architecture and charm. And cobblestones and bare electrical wires strung between buildings.
There is so much to do, see, experience and EAT, especially if you have savvy locals like my sister’s family to scout them out.
We spent 12 days there over Christmas, and we were able to do and see so much in a short time, all with 4 kids 6 years old and under.
Over the next several weeks I promise to INUNDATE you with photos.
And maybe I’ll even stop yelling about it at some point.
But really: PUT ECUADOR ON YOUR BUCKET LIST now.