Ash continues to restrict visibility west of Cotopaxi.

Small lahar reported on Cotopaxi; although it did not pose a threat it indicates that temperatures of gas emissions may be rising

Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute said that a small lahar was spotted late Friday on the Cotopaxi volcano. A lahar is melting ice that flows down the flank of the volcano and Continue reading »

Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto takes a selfie with with Mexican medical students, many of whom may seek work out of the country after the graduate.

Latin America faces a ‘brain drain’ as many professionals head overseas

By Christopher Woody Several of Latin America’s key economies are sputtering. And now, partly because of these economic doldrums, countries in the region are losing some of their brightest and Continue reading »

Fugitive Ecuadorian banker Roberto Isaias lives in a Coral Gables, Florida mansion.

Ecuador could end extradition cooperation with U.S., says attorney general

Ecuador says it’s tired of waiting for the United States to follow through on promises to extradite fugitives and, in some cases, those already convicted of crimes. Attorney General Galo Continue reading »

He's drinking more than you think. Photo credit: AllPosters

Field studies in the Americas, including Ecuador, reveal the truth about the strange drinking habits of hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are named for the sound of their rapidly beating wings, but now their tongues have captured scientists’ attention. These tiny birds can suck 10 drops of nectar out of Continue reading »

A gas and ash plume rise about the Tunguarahua volanco Thursday. Credit: El Telegrafo

Ecuador has second volcano to consider as Tungurahua roars back to life

Just as government officials are quickening the pace of preparations for a possible eruption of Cotopaxi, they have a second volcano to worry about. Tungurahua, east of Ambato, which has Continue reading »

Ecuadorians are always ready for a fiesta.

According to poll, Latin Americans are world’s most emotional people

Latin Americans are in general the most emotional people on the planet while the world’s least emotional countries are predominantly from eastern Europe, a new survey has shown. Bolivia and Continue reading »

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By Carlos Calderon A couple of years ago, a recently arrived expat who I had only met a few days earlier asked me if I could arrange a meeting for Continue reading »


Faces of Cuenca: Carol Quintero and Sebastian Martinez, malabares artists

Carol Quintero and Sebastian Martinez street artists who perform their malabares craft (juggling) in various intersections in Cuenca. Carol is 24 years old and Sebastian is 21. Their goal is Continue reading »

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Sizing up Cuenca: Poet, humorist, food writer and New Yorker editor returns to Cuenca to take in the charms of a great ‘walking-around city’

By Calvin Trillin “But haven’t you been there before?” That’s what people tended to say when they heard that I was about to spend a week or so in Cuenca, Continue reading »

Vista Mar is one of the newest oceanview projects in Olón Ecuador. Owned and managed by Cuencano developers, lots will be starting at just $69/m2

Checking the pulse of Ecuador’s real estate market: The coast

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series by real estate expert Benjamin Berger on Ecuador’s real estate market. The second installment looks at real estate in the Continue reading »


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By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Last January, when this article first appeared, I reported that when I typed the words “detox diet” into my web browser search Continue reading »

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