El Cajas National Park

Cajas National Park is a high-altitude area west of Cuenca, Ecuador. It’s known for trails through evergreen cloud forests and hundreds of lakes, such as Laguna Toreadora, where our second hike began. It’s also home to rich wildlife including Andean condors, giant hummingbirds and raccoon-like coatis. The number of orchids and flowering plants alone make …

The Pet (aka Food) of the Century!

It all started with the appetizers: papas fritas, locra de papas and un sanduche de huevo y chancho. But it was the entree that really mattered. We had come to Salon Tres Estrellas to eat cuy. People say that if you come to Ecuador you HAVE to try it. I was excited. But then I …

My Trip to an Ecuadorian Zoo

My family and I went to the zoo yesterday. We left our apartment to find a taxi which took a long time for us to get. Finally we found a taxi. It was an Ecuadorian zoo and its name is Amaru Zoologica. It was very different than the Birmingham zoo. It is different than our …