Provence is medieval villages of fortified towns guarding its ancient borders with countless villages perched defensively on hilltops; and great cities like Arles, Aix and Avignon full of culture. This area of southeastern France is full of sunshine and extrodinary food and wine. Unless you have months to explore, visiting Provence is difficult to choose where to go. » Read More »
Sacha Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest is a short 1/2 hour flight from Quito to Coca, The local markets of Coca are enjoyed for a short time before you board a two hour boat ride (large motor powered canoe) down the Napo River to the lodge, stopping along the way to see a fascinating museum which gives you a broad view of the life of native tribes living in the Amazon.
Otavalo is a city about 34 miles north of Quito, Ecuador (1 1/2 hour drive due to the mountains country). On Saturdays, the massive Otavalo market overflows from the Plaza de Ponchos and colorful textiles and crafts fill tents along streets in a third of the city. Otavaleños are famous for their weavings, everything from blankets and bags to sweaters and gloves.