A culinary guide to Quito, Ecuador

Emerging from the shadow of its gastronomic neighbours, Ecuador shines as an exciting hub for South American cuisine, with a new generation of chefs rediscovering the country’s incredible produce.

Exploring the Galápagos Islands in the age of Covid-19

A tour of the fauna-rich islands offers a rare chance to discover the archipelago at its most abundant and serene.

Ecuador: discovering the chocolate champions

Once the world’s leading producer of cacao beans, Ecuador had become something of a backwater exporter until local companies like Pacari began pioneering a thriving chocolate industry.

Life in balance: human tales from the wild Galápagos Islands

Who lives on the Galápagos Islands? We meet the residents who have learned to coexist with the islands' rare and endangered wildlife.

Five top volcanoes to climb, from Ecuador to Iceland

When summited safely, volcanoes offer an exhilarating glimpse into the depths of the earth. Climbing these smoky summits offers a real taste of the intrepid.

How Ecuador is falling back in love with chocolate

With Ecuador hailed as the birthplace of chocolate, local producers, chefs and farmers are once again being creative with cacao.

Photo gallery: How Ecuador is falling back in love with chocolate

With Ecuador hailed as the birthplace of chocolate, local producers, chefs and farmers are once again being creative with cacao.

Ecuador: The last ice man

Apparently, there’s a mountain in front of me. Apparently, it’s called Chimborazo. And apparently, it’s Ecuador’s highest peak at 20,500ft. The summit, they say, is the closest point on Earth to the sun, thanks to the equatorial bulge, which pushes it beyond Everest
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Watch: Why an Orca Spins a Sea Turtle with Its 'Nose'

This orca may be “playing with its food,” as orcas often do, or it may be a rare glimpse at an elder male teaching younger orcas to hunt. The older male orca span the sea turtle with the front of its head, called a rostrum, then one of the two youths carried another sea turtle by its fin. Filmed off Isla Isabela in the Galápagos, the orcas were observed playing with the turtles for half an hour—then swimming off without eating them. Young orcas learn survival skills by watching their elders. Only a few animal species, including orcas, teach behaviour with step-by-step instructions. Orcas don’t often hunt sea turtles, but they are among the few animals with the jaw strength to break the turtles’ shells.

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