FOOTPRINT ECUADOR & THE GALAPAby Robert Kunstaetter, Daisy Kunstaetter
From the publisher of the legendary South America Handbook comes the fourth edition of the most practical and informative guide available to this remarkably diverse country and its breathtakingly beautiful island neighbor. Husband-and-wife team Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter bring a combined total of 40 years of living and traveling in Latin America to their coverage of… See more details below
From the publisher of the legendary South America Handbook comes the fourth edition of the most practical and informative guide available to this remarkably diverse country and its breathtakingly beautiful island neighbor. Husband-and-wife team Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter bring a combined total of 40 years of living and traveling in Latin America to their coverage of this tiny equatorial nation, leading readers on excursions both on and off the "banana pancake trail," including Quito, the jungle, the Pacific Coast, the national parks, and volcanoes. The book also includes the most up-to-date information on the Galapagos Islands -- home to giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and an endless variety of plants and flowers. A new-and-improved table of contents and a new front map highlighting the best sights help visitors plan their trip, and full-color maps cross-referenced with the text aid readers in deciding where to stay, eat, drink, and chill out. Along with 16 pages of stunning full-color photographs, the book includes complete details on the developing ecotourism travel scene.
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Ecuador is our home. Daisy was born and raised here, while Robert adopted this Andean nation over twenty years ago. We have been writing about Ecuador ever since. We know the country intimately, its places, people, strengths and weaknesses. In addition to our personal knowledge, we have developed an extensive network of contacts throughout Ecuador and its travel community. We can therefore constantly keep our fingers on the pulse of local developments and provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive and insightful coverage of Ecuador. For the current, 4th, edition of the "Ecuador & Galápagos Handbook" we thoroughly reviewed all hotels in the book. We were selective, choosing those establishments of greatest interest to travellers; yet comprehensive, including a wide range of options in all price categories. The 'Upscale Bed and Breakfasts' of Quito, for example, are a new hotel category. All prices were verified prior to publication, so you can budget for your trip without unpleasant surprises. The Galápagos Islands chapter was also extensively revised, with detailed advice on how to choose a Galápagos cruise. The chapter includes a table of Galápagos vessels with their respective characteristics and websites, so you can shop around from home. Throughout the book, all websites and e-mail addresses were verified before publication, to eliminate old incorrect entries which can be so annoying when you are trying to contact someone. We added more details about worthwhile out-of-the-way places, for those wishing to explore beyond the 'gringo trail'. And we carefully updated all 56 maps in the book, to make exploring that much easier. Public safety did not escape our attention and we provide honest practical advice on this important topic. We very much enjoy travelling in and writing about Ecuador, but we also take our work seriously because we know our readers are counting on us. And we count on you too, for your comments and opinions. Information from hundreds of readers' e-mails and letters was included in the current edition.