It’s no secret that Canadians love crossing the border for shopping deals and stores not found in Canada. We usually hit the Buffalo/Cheektowaga area because it is conveniently close. Even with the exchange rate, the US has some goooood deals.
As a follow-up from last week’s post on the highlights that I encountered in Ecuador, I wanted to share my excursion experience to the ‘Island of Silver’, which is an uninhabited island within Machalilla National Park located just off of the coast of Puerto Lopez. While the Galapagos would be all the more stunning, the Isla de la Plata is definitely a great budget alternative.
I know, I know. I should have shared this sooner. I’m sorry, I’ve just been busy with getting the new website ready and with processing photos, and I just haven’t made the time. But here I am now with some of the highlights from Ecuador last month, Q&A style!!
I had the pleasure of flying with Avianca while en-route to Ecuador last month and I was pleasantly surprised by our flights, ultimately flying with the airline on five out of six occasions in 10 days. Each flight was a breeze and both my mom and I would be happy to fly with them again.
Guest post written by Valerie Delzer, Travalerie, LLC
Images provided by Valerie Delzer
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Hola! I’m back from Ecuador! Although I’ve barely been back 24 hours, I would like to share a few of the highlights I experienced in Quito. There will be more to come from my 9-day getaway in Ecuador, but for now, these few images will have to suffice. Enjoy! 😊
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I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.