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Blog Tag: South America

Photos That Will Put Ecuador at the Top of your Travel Wishlist

Cajas National Park Cajas National Park lies outside of the city of Cuenca. Spend one day hiking or a whole week. The park is HUGE and offers hundreds of lakes. Volcan Cotopaxi View of the

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How Moving Abroad Will Change Your Way of Thinking

For most of us, moving abroad was a lifelong dream. It was something we always thought about as being a normal part of life. Whether it was for the travel, the language, the culture, or

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Shopping for Handicrafts in Cuenca, Ecuador

Where to Go and What to Buy in and around Cuenca, Ecuador Finding the right souvenir for you or your loved ones is harder than you might imagine in Cuenca. In a land full of

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The Culture of Motorcyclists in Cuenca, Ecuador

Spend one afternoon in Cuenca and you’ll quickly notice a great number of motorcycles and scooters making their way around town. While this is not unusual in Latin America, I was perplexed by the lively

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The 10 Greatest Lessons I Learned By Moving Abroad

I bought a one-way ticket to Ecuador and life changed drastically. Here are some of the greatest lessons I learned in moving abroad. 1. Less is more. You will very quickly realize how much junk

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In Ecuador, “Peoples Power” Works

Ecuador has a history of mobilization for social change. Social movements in Ecuador have influenced governmental regimes, policies and social norms. These movements have been mostly nonviolent, unlike others in Latin America. Although many critics

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Hiking and Adventure with Club Sangay in Cuenca

For all of the beauty in nature surrounding Cuenca, I am surprised that not as many locals take advantage of the opportunities that lie in their backyard. I believe that can be said in most

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Where to Work Out in Cuenca

Cuenca is a very active city, full of lots of opportunities to exercise. Whether you’re looking for group cardio or private classes, there’s something for everyone. Article originally published by www.gringotree.com. Running If you’re looking

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Finding Sisterhood Abroad

Friendships take a new form for young travelers. You meet so many amazing people passing by. You meet individuals that are traveling for weeks, months, or even years. You meet people who are grounded in

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Thinking thoughts, An American in Ecuador

I have now been in Ecuador for over 6 months. I successfully applied for the Professional Visa, attained my residency, and received my cedula, the Ecuadorian identification card. It was a big decision and took

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