The duet-singing wren (photo by Eric Fortune and Melissa Coleman)
In our many visits to Ecuador we’ve often thought how stunning and unusual the Andes is, and how it could be the perfect place for a romantic tryst or honeymoon. The fact that we spent almost a year based in Quito immediately after getting married could show a bias. But no, during that time we really travelled around as much as we could and learnt to love the relative uniqueness of the country. In effect, we had a year-long honeymoon in Ecuador.
So how wonderful to learn – apparently – that we are not alone, our feelings are shared. And by nothing less than a plain wren! Yes, Science Magazine has just published a study suggesting that wren couples in the Andes engage in duet-singing of the highest form, where each wren apparently learns the melody of the other. Pure romance – on the wing!
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From the sea breezes of Galapagos to snow-capped volcanos to deep jungle in the Amazon, Ecuador is full of diversity. Though small, there is a lot to see and the choices can seem overwhelming. Below is a list of five wonderful destinations that will allow any visitor to enjoy (almost) all of what Ecuador has to offer.
Otavalo market: Colourful textiles
Just two hours north of the capital of Quito, Otavalo is home to South America’s largest open air market. Famous for its textiles, here you’ll find merchants offering everything from guinea pigs to alpaca sweaters and woven hammocks. This is the place for souvenirs and gifts for the unfortunate friends and family left at home. Otavalos is a primarily indigenous town with excellent views of the Cotacachi, Imbabura and Mojanda volcanos. [click to continue…]