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Herder

I first noticed the man in black from a distance and kept looking back to see if he was following us. He was running and eventually caught up to us. It turned out that he was an old man with one eye and very few teeth, and he just wanted to tell us the names of the towns and hills. I should have asked for a better picture with him.
Vilcabamba

July 19th 2019
Vilcabamba was strangely empty in mid-July. It felt like the whole town - the hostels, taxis, and even the trails - were waiting for more tourists to show to enjoy the dry season while other parts of the country were cold and wet. After reading about its growing popularity in old guide books and websites, I expected it to be peaking by 2019, but people I asked said that tourism has abated and land ... read more
South America » Ecuador » South » Vilcabamba

Ecuadorian Flag The "Republic of the Equator" was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Colombia and Venezuela). Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A b... ... read more
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