Arriving in Quito, we were struck by the sheer size of Ecuador's capital. It would have been daunting except that we were staying in the best hostel ever. The Secret Garden is a hostel often recommended by fellow travellers one meets along the way and it didn't disappoint. The staff uniform carries the slogan 'life …

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Baños, Ecuador

Baños is one of the adrenaline capitals of South America and, as our first stop in Ecuador, we had high hopes for it.  As Baños is situated in a valley surrounded by lush green mountains, there are many waterfalls in the area and a popular activity is to hire bikes and cycle the 'waterfall trail', …

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