Casa Divina Lodge – Gay Friendly Vacation Rental in Mindo, Ecuador

Author: , October 30th, 2019

Casa Divina Lodge

At Ecuador’s Casa Divina Lodge, we offer elegant and comfortable lodging in the middle of the Ecuadorian cloud forest.

We boast 4 private hand-built wooden cabins in a natural setting. where our guests can enjoy the sounds of nature. Casa Divina Lodge is located one and a half kilometers from the town of Mindo, Ecuador. Mindo is in the western lowlands of Ecuador, about 2 hours from Quito, and known for its mega biodiversity.

Run by an Ecuadorian/American couple, Casa Divina Lodge has been operating since 2007. Here, our guests enjoy a perfect combination of local knowledge, love for the cloud forest and world-class birdwatching in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. The Casa Divina kitchen serves delicious family-style meals where international fare and Ecuadorian cuisine are fused to perfection.

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Sabina Tour – Mindo, Ecuador

Author: , September 26th, 2019

Sabina Tour

Greetings from the Ecuadorian cloud forest! SabinaTour Operator is local, family-run tour operator dedicated to conserving the Andean Choco Biosphere through sustainable tourism by offering fabulous cloud forest tours for all types of travellers. We are Tour Cert Certified and follow very rigorous international standards to make sure each and every tour we operate directly supports the local community and local conservation efforts. If you are looking for naturalist, adventure, birdwatching, family or photography tours run by a professional, safe and sustainable company – you found us!

Run by an Ecuadorian/American couple, SabinaTour Operator is deeply committed to organizing your unforgettable cloud forest experience. All of our tours are private, all-inclusive and can be customized according to the itinerary and needs of our clients. So start planning your next vacation with us today! We look forward to hosting you soon.

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Old Town Quito Suites – Ecuador Gay Owned Vacation Rental

Author: , October 24th, 2018

Old Town Quito Suites - Quito, Ecuador

“Unparalled experience”

This slogan speaks for itself. With our team, experienced in the tourism world, we entered in the hospitality market with an innovative concept: we renovated a colonial mansion with a historical heritage and a strategic location, just behind the oldest church of Quito: the San Blas church. We restored it meticulously with respect for the soul of the house and reusing the beams, doors, windows, bricks. Combining a vintage style, artistic objects and antiques with modernity such as induction cookers, USB plugs, dishwashers, spacious refrigerators, netflix and internet with fiber optic we offer a comfort and easiness in an authentic colonial environment, thus creating a unique experience. We opted for the luxury of spacious apartments over the limitations of hotel rooms.

Completing our offer with a luxury service and the smile of our professional team we are convinced of giving an added value to the tourist market. “Stay in Quito as in a fairy tale”.

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Las Terrazas de Dana – Ecuador Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Author: , September 27th, 2018

Las Terrazas de Dana - Gay Friendly Ecuador Vacation Rental

Welcome to Las Terrazas! We are proud to present you a place to relax and enjoy in one of the best bird watching hot spots in the world. Las Terrazas de Dana is a family business run by two siblings, David and Ana. That’s why the mixed word “Dana”.

Mindo Ecuador is located at the hearth of Choco Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve declared on 25 July 2018 by UNESCO.

The lodge is a pioneering eco-lodge with modern design where the latest technology in metal frame construction and traditional construction blend. It’s a sustainable building that takes care about ecology and the environment.

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Montanita Beach in Ecuador – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , September 15th, 2017

Montanita Beach, Ecuador - Globetrotter Girls

After spending a week in Guayaquil, which was hot and sticky despite frequent rain showers, I was ready for some beach time. A cool ocean breeze sounded just about perfect.

When I looked into Ecuador’s beaches and tried to decide which one(s) to visit, two names came up over and over again: Canoa and Montañita. Both sounded equally as nice but what made me eventually go for Montañita was the fact that it was quite difficult to get to Canoa.

The bus from Quito takes nearly nine hours (with a change in between), and from Guyaquil around six hours. Montañita was only three hours from Guayaquil by bus. And so Montañita it was.

This little beach town is not only the number one surf spot in all of Ecuador, but it’s also known as one of South America’s prime party destinations. People come from as far as Argentina to celebrate there at massive open air parties in which DJ’s play their sets right on the beach, and the music blasts loudly out of giant speakers, resounding throughout the entire bay.

This little beach town is not only the number one surf spot in all of Ecuador, but it’s also known as one of South America’s prime party destinations. People come from as far as Argentina to celebrate there at massive open air parties in which DJ’s play their sets right on the beach, and the music blasts loudly out of giant speakers, resounding throughout the entire bay.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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The Iguanas of Guayaquil – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , September 11th, 2017

Iguanas of Guayaquil - Globetrotter Girls

I have to admit that I had never even heard of Guayaquil before I flew to Ecuador. And I don’t know if I would’ve gone there had I not started my trip to the Galápagos Islands in Guayaquil, from where several flights a day leave for Baltra Island in the Galápagos.

When I did do some research about the city, I found a few sights that sounded like they were worth visiting mentioned in travel guides, and I decided that Guayaquil sounded interesting enough to spend a few days after my cruise.

However, the city didn’t make it easy for me to love it. It didn’t wow me with its architecture, and it wasn’t particularly charming. It was rainy and cloudy during my stay, and even though I spent five days in town, I never found a place to eat that I truly loved.

I had read about a park in the city center that supposedly was filled with iguanas, and even though I’d seen plenty of iguanas in the Galápagos Islands, I wasn’t tired of them yet, and I was excited to check out the park and see if it was indeed filled with iguanas.

The guide book had not lied: there were dozens of iguanas hanging out everywhere in the small park, with people touching them as if they were fluffy little bunnies instead of leathery reptiles.

I was amazed how gentle they were and seemingly unafraid of people – almost like their distant relatives out in the Galapagos Islands. A lady had a stash of ‘iguana food’ on one of the benches – basically just lettuce cut into small pieces – which she was selling. I invested 50 cents in a bag of lettuce and within minutes I was surrounded by hungry iguanas of all shapes and sizes. That afternoon ended up being my fondest memory of Guayaquil.

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Fifteen Things To Know About the Galapagos Islands – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , August 25th, 2017

Galapagos Islands - Globetrotter Girls

My Galapagos Islands cruise was a trip I’d been dreaming about for years, but despite that, it still managed to exceed my expectations, which is rare. But, as well as exceeding my expectations, these far-flung, remote islands ended up being completely different to how I imagined them to be.

Until a few years ago, when I traveled to South America for the very first time, I had pictured the islands to be much more desolate than they actually are – basically only inhabited by wild creatures. Back then, I had already been told by other travelers that the islands are far more inhabited than I thought they were. And while cruising between several islands this year, I learned a few more things that I think are good to know if you are planning your own trip to the Galápagos Islands, or if you just want to find out more about one of the most remote archipelagos in the world.

Here are eleven things about the Galápagos Islands that you should know before you go:

1 THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ARE FAR OUT IN THE OCEAN

While the Galapagos Islands belong to the tiny Andean country of Ecuador, they are in fact very far from the rest of the country – 560 miles, to be exact. The islands are far out in the Pacific Ocean, and it takes just under two hours to fly there from Guayaquil, the closest airport on the mainland, and 2 hours 15 minutes from Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

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Cruise With the Nomadic Boys – Three Cabins Left!

Author: , June 7th, 2017

Galapagos gay cruise - Nomadic Boys

Fancy visiting the Galapagos Islands with the Nomadic Boys aboard the Passion: one of the most exclusive luxury yachts in the world with an awesome group of gay guys?

You’re in the right place!

Nomadic Boys Do Galapagos

Our first gay cruise to the Galapagos took place in October 2016 and was  such a resounding success, we’re doing it again in October 2017. We’ve teamed up with the highly rated and gay owned Ishpingo Tours in Ecuador to host our second luxury gay cruise to the Galapagos Islands on: 12-21 October 2017.

Spaces aboard the highly rated Passion are limited to 12 people and we expect another sell out in 2017.

And because we love you so much, we’re offering our readers an exclusive 5% discount for this one in a lifetime experience with the promo code NOMADIC5.

THE WILDLIFE OF THE GALAPAGOS

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, around 1,000km (600 miles) from Ecuador’s coast. The variety of unique wildlife here not only inspired Darwin back in 1835, it completely captivated our group when we visited in October 2016.

This is one of the few places in the world where you get so close to the wildlife because they are blasé to humans. You’ll be so spoilt, no other safari will be the same again.

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Colonial Beauty in Cuenca, Ecuador – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 3rd, 2017

Cuenca, Ecuador

When my mosquito bite count reached one hundred and my laptop’s cooling fan started making noises as if it was trying to tell me ‘I can’t deal with this heat anymore‘, I decided that it was time to get away from the beaches for a while and give both my laptop and my itching limbs a break. The beach had been nice, but I needed to get somewhere high enough for the mosquitoes to not get there. And so I headed to Cuenca, at 8,370 ft (2,550 meters) too high for mosquitoes to continue to feast on me and cool enough for my laptop not to overheat.

Cuenca is a popular expat destination, with 5,000 mainly North American expats living there, and it is easy to see why. Life in Cuenca is pleasant, cheap and tranquil. Mountains surround the city, and you can walk everywhere in the center. Cuenca has 52 churches and the best preserved colonial architecture in Ecuador, so much so that UNESCO declared the city center a World Heritage site. It was a city that I liked immediately – the first time I had this feeling during my time in Ecuador!

Without many ‘must see’ landmarks, I adapted to Cuenca’s slow pace and got into a nice routine of a daily morning run along the river, followed by a tasty breakfast in one of the coffee shops in the city center. I’d work for a few hours on my laptop and then head out and just wander the streets, curious to see what I’d find. I stumbled upon gorgeous colonial buildings, quaint plazas and plenty of good restaurants. After eating mostly Ecuadorian food for the past few weeks, I was delighted to find Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern and tasty Italian food, including pizza (and I am a hard-to-please pizza snob!).

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Chilly in Quito, Ecuador – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 10th, 2017

Quito, Ecuador

I was surprised by what I was reading on my Kindle. “Set in a picturesque valley some 2,800 meters above sea level, Ecuador’s lofty capital sits just 25km south of the equator. Its historic Old Town is a splendid maze of cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches, dazzling attributes which helped it become UNESCO’s first World Heritage Site (along with Krakow) in 1978.”, marveled the author in the Independent article about Ecuador I was reading while enjoying my very first cup of scrumptious Ecuadorian hot cocoa.

The article made Quito seem like a gem of a city, a town so beautiful that it would sweep me off my feet. The problem was, I just didn’t feel it. I had spent three days in Ecuador’s capital, my first stop on my trip through the country, which is usually enough time to make me fall for a place. But Quito and I, we just didn’t connect.

I was a bit wary of visiting Quito, after hearing stories of robberies, people throwing feces from church towers to distract you so that they can take your belongings, and Quito being a bit sketchy all around.