Things To Do In Ecuador

Things To Do In Ecuador – The Video Review

Quito is the capital of the country of Ecuador. Sitting at 2850 meters or 9,350 feet above sea level, it is the highest capital city in the world. (Mistakenly, many believe La Paz, Bolivia is the highest capital in the world; however, La Paz is not the capital of Boliva, Sucre is).

The name Quito literally means “the middle of the world”. Since Ecuador sits on the Equator, there are no seasons per se; however, the locals have a saying, “the weather is the like the girls, beautiful and unpredictable”.

Things To Do In Ecuador

7 Things To Do In Ecuador

1. Compañía de Jesús, Quito – This is one of the best-known churches in Quito. Decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings it is considered one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America.

2. El Panecillo – Here you will find one of the best views of the city. On a hill high over the city you find the Virgen de Quito or the “Dancing Madonna” watching over the bustling city below.

3. Basílica del Voto Nacional – A Roman Catholic church located in the historic center, it is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas.

4. Old Town – This historic district can be navigated by foot, though you will mostly likely feel exhausted by the end of the day. Be sure to explore the three main squares – Plaza de la Independencia, Plaza Santo Domingo and Plaza San Francisco. There are many free walking tours offered online—just do a quick Google search to find one that seems interesting to you.

5. Teleferico – A cable cart takes you up the side of Pichincha. Here you can take in a panoramic view of the city and hike through one of the 45 National Parks and reserves of Ecuador. Be sure to go early, because the clouds cover the mountain mid-day and your view will be obscure.

6. Travel to the middle of the world. There are three options:

La Mitad del Mundo – This is the spot that Things To Do In Ecuadorexplorers calculated to be the equatorial line back in 1736. It is highly photographed and if you Google images of the equator, this monument will dominate your search. It has now been proven that this tourist attraction is off by 240 meters.

Museo Intiñan – Calculated by GPS (with mixed reviews and results) this museum is designed to test the physical forces of the equatorial region. Some of the experiments are tricks, but others are demonstrations of physics. Either way it is an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.

Quitsato Sundial – The equatorial line in this location was conceived from satellite information.  Here you will learn about the history of the region and cultural implications of the equator through astronomy, geodesy and archaeology as ancient civilizations observed the position of the sun at the solstices.

7. Hike through the central Andes and volcano alley.

Things To Do In EcuadorThe Andes are the longest mountain range in the world and boasts some of the highest peaks, most of which are volcanoes. One of the most famous volcanos in the region is Cotopaxi. Mountain climbers from around the world travel to Cotopaxi National Park to summit this stunning peak. There are 44 volcanos in Ecuador with varying degrees of technical difficulty.

Of the many things to do in Ecuador getting altitude sickness is not one of them.

Since Ecuador is almost two miles above sea level many tourist suffer from altitude sickness. Know the early

symptoms of altitude sickness which include: headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, fatigue and insomnia. If altitude sickness persists later symptoms include: shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, respiratory failure, cerebral edema, coma, or death.

Things To Do In EcuadorOne of the best ways to ward off altitude sickness hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Avoid caffeine and alcohol which depletes the body of water. Incorporate potassium rich foods into your diet to help you acclimate. Eat foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, dates, potatoes and tomatoes. Carbohydrates are also great for stabilizing your blood sugar while maintaining your energy.

If you are climbing to even higher elevations, remember to ascend slowly; climb high but sleep low and continually access how you feel. The most effective treatment for altitude sickness is to descend. In extreme cases, you may need an oxygen treatment or professional medical treatment.

The rich volcanic soil found in Ecuador is great for growing produce and flowers. Ecuador is one of the biggest exporters of roses in the world and 60% of the roses grown in this region are exported to the United States. If you buy roses on the street, you can get 24 stems for $2 USD.Things To Do In Ecuador 

Things To Do In Ecuador – Eat Like A Local

Ecuadorian cuisine should not be missed.  Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken) is a traditional dish as well as Ceviche. Try the Choclo. This dry roasted Andean corn is the perfect snack to eat while walking the city. One of Ecuador’s best known, and most beloved, dishes is Llapingachos. These potato patties are made with cheese, and cooked on a griddle until golden brown. I especially loved the Locro Soup which is a hearty, potato-based soup made with cheese and avocado. Cuy or Guinea Pig is a local delicacy which I opted out of trying, let me know what you think of it if you dare to order this little rodent. Finish the evening with a Canelazo. This alcoholic drink is made with a clear, anise-flavored liquor, cinnamon, lemon, sugar, and water. It will knock you out for the rest of the night.

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If there is one word I could use to describe Ecuador, it would be VIBRANT. The people are vibrant, friendly and warm. The landscape showcases vibrant, lush, green terrain against the bright blue, vibrant sky. The textures of the cuisine vibrantly contrast each other creating a medley of sensations for your tastes buds to enjoy. This vibrant country should be on every traveler’s list of places to see.

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Turmeric Health Benefits

Nature provides many herbs, plants and foods that heal us. Turmeric is one of the most versatile healing spices in the world with over 600 experimentally confirmed health benefits. This brightly colored spice from India has been a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. Chinese medicine has used turmeric for ages. Though turmeric is just now gaining mainstream popularity it has existed throughout history.

When we breakdown the turmeric plant we find it is made up of curcuminoids. Curcumin could be argued as the most important component of turmeric. Curcumin is most commonly known for giving curry its yellow color. Turmeric can be used in a variety of recipes from soups and curries to a marinate for meats or simply sprinkle it on veggies. With a mild flavor this spice makes for an easy addition to any diet.

Turmeric Health Benefits – How it works…

The antioxidant properties of turmeric reduce the damage free radicals have in the body and alleviate inflammation says a University of Maryland’s Medical Center. Studies at the University of Arizona have suggested that adding turmeric to the diets of lab rats significantly reduced the symptoms of those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis. This is great news for people suffering with joint pain as is works rapidly.

It is so effective that it matches some anti-inflammatory drugs on the market. In that way, curcumin delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.

Chronic, low-level inflammation is known to play a role in almost every chronic dis-ease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various other degenerative conditions.

Recently, doctors at UCLA found that curcumin could block the enzyme that promotes the growth of head and neck cancer, inhibiting and preventing the spread of malignant cells. Curcumin works to stimulate the growth hormone of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Alzheimers patients have decreased levels of BDNF. Increasing curcumin in the diet may be effective in delaying and possibly reversing many brain related dis-eases. It could also improve memory and brain function.

Over time curcumin improves the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels and the major driver of heart dis-ease. The endothelium regulates blood pressure, blood clotting and other factors in the optimal functioning of the body.

Randomized controlled trials conducted by Department of Pharmacology at the Government Medical College in India have found that turmeric health benefits include: treating depression, producing anti-depressant effects in the brain and raising the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain that are known to cause depression.

This spice is so beneficial to our bodies, it behooves us to incorporate it into our daily routine.  Add turmeric to your diet either through supplementation or using it as a seasoning in meals. Here is an easy to make tea that can be substituted for your morning coffee or added as an afternoon treat.

Turmeric Health Benefits – Tea recipe

What You’ll Need:
1 cup Coconut Milk (or almond)

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Turmeric

1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

Raw honey or maple syrup to taste


What You’ll Do:
Put coconut milk, spices and honey in a sauce pan heat up slowly on low heat. If you put it on high heat the coconut milk will get too thick. Pour and enjoy.

This recipe makes one serving. Modify the ingredients to the number of people you are serving.

Turmeric Health Benefits

Turmeric Health Benefits




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Harvest Wild Rice (with Roasted Chicken)

This Harvest Wild Rice recipe can be served as a main course for the vegetarians in your life, or, be perfectly paired with roasted chicken for the carnivores in your life.  It is hearty and easy to make.  Here is the recipe for you to enjoy.

Harvest Wild Rice (with Roasted Chicken)

Harvest Wild Rice (with Roasted Chicken)

What You’ll Need:

1 small onion, minced

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups butternut squash, peeled & cubed

¼ teaspoon dried thyme

2 cups cooked wild rice

2 cups baby kale

1 cup unpeeled apple, chopped

½ cup shredded Provolone cheese (optional)

salt & pepper to taste


What You’ll Do:

Sauté the onion and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat until the onions are soft and translucent.  Add the squash and thyme; sauté for 5-8 minutes, until the squash is fork-tender.  Add the baby kale and wild rice and stir to combine.  Add the apples last so they stay crispy.  Add the optional cheese and stir a few times to get it melted into the ingredients.

Harvest Wild Rice (with Roasted Chicken)


*Adding the cheese helps keep the mixture together.  The dish is just as delicious if you forego adding the cheese.