Posts Tagged ‘ecuador’

April 21, 2016

An Update on Ecuador

On April 18 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador. Many communities were affected by the earthquake and the places that were hit the hardest were the coastal provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabi.

We have been in contact with our friends and partners in Ecuador and while they are all safe it is clear that this is a serious disaster affecting much of the country and we are saddened by the destruction that has been caused. We will keep the country in our thoughts as the search for people continues. We hope that you do the same.

Here is an update from one of our partners:

“Our spirit is touched so deeply and we keep seeing so much pain and misery. On the other hand, it is sooooo amazing the support we have received from other countries, but mostly the compassion, resilience and solidarity that we Ecuadorians have shown this week. People have come through in such a great way it brings everybody tears and emotions of how these terrible events bring the best in people!”

We appreciate people reaching out to check on how our partners in Ecuador are doing. We’re happy that they are ok, but humanitarian efforts are still needed.

We checked with our friends to see who was doing good work to help out and here is a list that you could contribute to:

Ecuadorian Red Cross – Emergency Fund:

http://www.cruzroja.org.ec

Support UNICEF’s Earthquake Relief Efforts in Ecuador:

https://www.unicefusa.org/

World Vision – Disaster Relief Fund:

http://donate.worldvision.org

OXFAM – Emergency Appeal Ecuador Earthquake:

https://donate.oxfam.org.uk/emergency/ecuador



January 9, 2012

Top Five Reasons to go to the Galapagos (aka ECUADOR!)

Happiness in Ecuador

Funny, none of these particular reasons have to do with the Galapagos Islands. For years we’ve fielded calls from families wanting to go to the Galapagos. Yes, it is a really cool place to go. Do you want to spend your whole vacation in the islands? No. Why? Because mainland Ecuador has so much to offer – and you are flying through there anyway . Don’t miss out on what most of our families say is the very best part of their adventure! Why?

1) If you buzz right through to get to the islands you’re wasting no-value travel time and overnights to your precious vacation schedule. Stop and smell the roses – literally! Ecuador is one of the world’s biggest exporter of roses. See rose plantations and orchid gardens en your way to some real adventure. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to drag you through museums.

2) Did you know some of the world’s coolest rock climbing is right here in mainland Ecuador? We have an expert climber who has prepared a really cool beginner spot – just for us – for you to try your hand at rock climbing. Are you experienced in this sport? We have an option to knock your socks off.

3) While you are investing in your family memories you may also be interested in showing your kids how meaningful it can be to give back to the world. We’ve partnered with a school full of gleeful children – and a school in need of support from those of us who have something to give. Come visit and start up a game of soccer with these great kids! We’re building a play ground and delivering supplies to the classroom – you can help!

4) Villages, markets, artisans, cobblestone streets, country lanes… the local people of Ecuador are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. The opportunity to learn about their traditions and crafts is a highlight of our family adventure in Ecuador.

5) SURPRISE! This is the best part. No one expects it, almost everyone loves it best of all. Mainland Ecuador is full of opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, tasting great food, learning a new craft, and meeting interesting people. But we don’t want to tell you everything you might see and do…come be surprised in Ecuador. We’ll add you to our long list of families who found the adventure of a lifetime in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.