Common and cute, Blue-footed Boobies are the favorite birds of many Galápagos travelers. Blue-footed Boobies are in mating season during April and May, giving visitors the chance to see them do their fancy dance. During the booby-mating season, male Blue-footed Boobies do a fancy courtship dance with lots of hooting, honking and pointing their beaks skyward. This takes place on different times on different islands, but around March-May is a good time to see this particular spectacle.

Blue-footed Bobbies are members of the Sudilae family, which includes 10 species of gannets and bobbies and which is considered part of a larger pelican order. These birds are the size of large seagulls. Female bobbies weight 20-30% more than male birds. You can find these birds in most islands in the archipelago, at the shoreline and spot them all year round.

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The “cuvivíes”, rain or floating birds (Bartrania Longicauda), migrate from the US to Ecuador during the months of August to October to offer an amazing bird-watching experience known as “sacred tribute”. The indigenous communities that live in the surroundings of the Ozogoche lagoon call these migratory birds “cuvivíes” because of the sounds they emit during their suicidal tribute in the sacred lagoons. This peculiar natural phenomenon consists of dozens of birds that dive abruptly into the lagoon.

Locals used to believe that these birds came to the highlands carried by the cold summer winds, and accompanied by the fog and rain, and many times even by lightning storms. According to elder indigenous people: “The sacred tribute would take place during mid-September. The skies turned gray and the howling of the foxes muffled the sound of the wind. The “supay” (devil) complained like an “aschu” (dog). Suddenly, hundreds of “cuvivíes” would come from space with their unmistakable pain song, and in an undetermined second, they hurried to the freezing waters in an ancestral, cosmic and mysterious  tribute. On the next morning, the townspeople collected the bodies of the suicidal birds from the banks of the Cuyo, Atillo and Ozogoche lagoons in baskets and sacks. The meat of these birds is delicious” (El Universo Newspaper, September 19th. 2003)

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Panama hats are considered delicate, flexible, strong and resistant. They are one of Ecuador´s most acclaimed handicrafts! They portray exquisite artisanship, which has become an international symbol of masculine elegance for over a century. In addition, their production has a close relationship with historic events in Ecuador.

Since Pre-Colombian times, the Panama hat production has been interwove with Ecuador’s history. Since 500-1500 a.d, Ecuadorian ethnic groups such as Manteños, Huancavilcas and Mantelvos use to weave paja toquilla fiber. Historic findings show ancient archeological evidence that show men wearing what we call Panama Hats nowadays. Even though this hypothesis have not been proven, the fact that these hats are produced in Montecristi, Manabí, gives more support to this belief. Read More


“Ruta del Sol” (The Sun´s Route) guides us through the nature, history, water sports and excellent services of the coastal provinces of Guayas and Manabí.

Nature lovers have the opportunity to explore unique dry forests, and their rare fauna and flora. Travelers can also observe the gigantic whales in the wild during their mating season, you can dive within coral reefs surrounded by exotic sea life, admire the numerous bird species of the region, and submerge in the most isolated and exotic beaches.

For those who like sports, there are opportunities to fish, sail, surf, and dive. There is plenty of entertainment for all ages. In addition, these two provinces hold vestiges of an amazingly rich history. The most antique cultures in America settled on these beaches. The archeological richness of the region is amazing!

Finally, if you only wish to rest, sun-tan, and watch the sunset… along this route you will find accommodations and services that will allow you to relax and comfortably enjoy the tropical sun and beaches.




Otavalo is the city of striking colors, delicate crafts and skilled artisans.

As you make your way through the ponchos,you will be surrounded by stands decorated with colourful displays. At the side of each stand, either sitting on a chair working or standing next to their work, are the artisans.

Part of the experience is talking to these kind hard workers and recognizing the effort they put into each of their pieces. From beautiful necklaces to embroidered cushions, you will notice the dedication and the meticulous execution.

These artisans either have their workshops nearby or take the bus and bring their products daily in order to mount their display. Often, artisans have a family business which has been passed on from generations before. It is interesting to talk about this inheritance because the people in Otavalo are very proud of their family achievement, their talents, their culture and their craft.

The fair is held on Saturday, when the plaza is filled with local and international tourists who roam the streets, eating delicious chochos while they explore the artisanal fair.

However, everyday here is fair day. During the week there is a smaller scale of items exposed but don’t worry, there is variety and you can find almost everything you would typically see at the Saturday fair. The advantage: there are fewer crowds.

Regardless of the day, do not hesitate to stop in Otavalo during your stay, as you make your way through the Imbabura province.  This city has a lot to offer, including delightful coffee shops, excellent restaurants and entertainment.