Welcome to our website ! Our vision is to inspire & promote international understanding through education and cultural exchange between South America - Ecuador and the rest of the world. To help people rediscover life with purpose, integrity and compassion, benefit from our experiences, and acquire knowledge for living in harmony in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. To share our "life changing adventure experiences" with family and friends worldwide. We have consolidated a wealth of the best resources on Ecuador, along with travel journals and photos. Our hope is that you will find this a valuable, user friendly resource network, which enriches your life, enables you to learn, challenges your thinking, and empowers you to discover and undertake your own new experiences and adventures.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Feliz Ano Nuevo 2015

Feliz Año Nuevo !   New year's Eve is one of the biggest festive nights of the year throughout the world, and here in Ecuador is no exception.


Here it is an exciting holiday full of cultural traditions, and good luck superstitions.

One of the most unique  important Ecuadorian traditions for ringing in the New Year is the making and burning of años viejos or monigotes.


Made from paper mache, straw, or old clothes sewn together, and stuffed with newspaper, sawdust, & charged with firecrackers.

Talented artisans have made this a very successful business and sell thousands of these effigies.


They represent the passing hardships and troubles of the past year. Burning them is seen as cleansing, and that positive energy and good luck will follow.


At midnight they are burned away in bonfires in the middle of the streets. Some jump the bonfires flames as many as 12 times to represent a wish for each month. This practice mixed with alcohol has been the cause of some injuries.

Family, neighbors, & friends gathered to burn these effigies of politicians,



sports stars, and entertainment characters throughout the city on New Year's Eve.

Several neighbourhoods in Cuenca created significant scenes -



Obama & Castro, FIFA World Cup, and " the four wonders of Cuenca"  were the events that provided the inspiration.

Fireworks explosions are also a significant part of the celebrations.

Another curiosity are the guys dressed in skimpy black dresses, nylons, wearing wigs/make-up portraying  provocative widows of the old year known as viudas.

At popular intersections or parks they stop cars/passerby's by using a rope - asking for money in order obtain passage.


They can be  very dramatic; they dance, and also cry about how their beloved Año Viejo has died. The money they receive will fund their New Year's party.


Wearing yellow underwear attracts positive energy and prosperity for the new year, while red underwear will bring a year of romance and passion.

At midnight they will eat 12 grapes, each grape represents a month in the New Year. A wish is made with each grape that is eaten. 

And finally for those who like to travel - at midnight you are supposed to take an empty suitcase and run around the block with it. This will bring you good travels and adventure in the New Year. Add some coins or cash to your suitcase, so you that can you also have some prosperity – or stay at 4 star hotels during your travels.

Families gather for a nice pork roast, duck, or cuy dinner on New Year's Eve.  The New Year's celebrations that follow lasts the whole night.  Drinks of choice for this evening are hot cinnamon drinks made with sugar cane alcohol.
At the stroke of midnight many fireworks boomed with resonating explosions lighting the entire city bowl.  Effigies bonfires burned on city streets and sidewalks. The evening air was quickly filled with smoke, and the pungent odour of gunpowder.

These traditions take place throughout Ecuador, but Salinas is said to be the most exciting place in Ecuador for New Year's Eve.  We will have to make that a future adventure.

                               New Year  2012

                                New Year  2010

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Duplex Penthouse For Sale in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador


This 167 sq mtr 2 bedroom architecturally designed duplex penthouse has been fully modernized using quality materials to European standards. It is in a well built and maintained building.

It features 4 terraces each offering a different view - equating to a fabulous 360 degree panoramic view of the city, river estuary, bridge, and Pacific Ocean.


Custom design ceramic tile floors throughout, recessed halogen lighting, ample natural light throughout from sliding doors, floor to ceiling large triple pane windows (for soundproofing), and a large 1 1/2 story skylight with louvers. 


The main floor has a large living room,


dining room,


large kitchen, two terraces and a social bathroom.


The modern kitchen features updated functionality with ample drawers and cabinets, beautiful custom hardwood countertops, gas stove, built-in electric oven, built-in microwave, hot water, and washing machine.



An open wrought iron spiral staircase leads to the second floor with the master bedroom, a planter, a second bedroom with ensuite,


office area, bathroom, and rear balcony.

The master bedroom has a private terrace,

ensuite with jacuzzi tub with a view, glass shower stall, and skylight, built - in aluminum & glass closets, and features custom stained glass.



It includes some furniture and housewares, two parking spaces and a storage bodega.

It is centrally located in the picturesque city of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador along the malecon. Walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and all services. This incredible penthouse gives you the charm of a small, quaint, relaxed beach town without compromising luxury and comfort.

Reason for sale is the owners are returning home to Denmark.  It is priced to sell quickly at $ 138,000  


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