As I am half Ecuadorian, I am very passionate about Ecuador. It is like a second home to me. I have visited there 5 times and love it every time! I have family in Quito but have toured the entire country. It is a beautiful country with lovable people. I love the culture-especially the food! It is always so delicious. My favorite foods are the empanadas, the soups, and ceviche. Some “weird” things I’ve eaten are guinea pig, called ‘cuy’ and a chicken foot. (The guinea pig was one of the tastiest things I’ve ever had. The chicken foot was just aight). The pineapple melts in your mouth, the fruit is so fresh. You can just walk into a traditional market and get some.

Everyone expects Ecuador to be hot since it is located on the equator but in reality the temperature is pretty nice. The landscape is incredible. You have the mountains, jungle, and beaches! One of my favorite cities is called Banos. It has over 2000 waterfalls! Apart from it being so lush and pretty there were so many adventurous things we did! My family and I went rafting(class 5!) down a fast river, horseback riding up a volcano, canyoning, hiking, and puenting. Well, I was the only one brave enough to do puenting. I jumped off a bridge over rushing waters harnessed to a rope that swung me back and forth.

I’ve also climbed Mount Cotopaxi(didn’t summit) which at the top is the point closest to the sun in the entire world! (Not Mt.Everest). Iv’e parasailed, petted llamas, stood on both hemispheres a the same time, jumped off waterfalls, swam in Pirhana lake, seen Pink-bellied dolphins, took a cruise down a branch of the Amazon, witnessed a Quecha(native Indians of the jungle) ritual, and many more things!

Ecuador is what planted the desire for adventure in me. After having so many memorable experiences there I want to see what other places have to offer, as everything has its own beauty. I’ve seen marvelous things that very few people have gotten to see. As a result I consider myself blessed beyond measures by the God who’s amazing handiwork is seen everywhere. I hope it’s in his plan for me to travel the world and meet new people, hopefully making a good impact on every foreign land I set foot in!


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