Travel Tales and Travel Tips from our Travel Adventures

After our trips, we enjoy sharing entertaining tales we didn’t record, and helpful travel tips based on things we learned. And hopefully they help you prepare for your future trips.

How WE Got Pickpocketed on a SHORT Bus Ride in Ecuador!

Amelia and JP VLOG 192: We’ve talked about it often but it never happened to us, until now. We were taking a short 50 cent bus ride from Olón to Montañita Ecuador when our pocket got picked and we lost an iPhone 6 worth several hundred dollars.

We made a mistake. Simple as that. We walked up to the taxi stop to catch a cab from Olón to Montañita, but there were no taxis. Instead, a bus came along and it was hot so we decided to hop on. What we didn’t realize was the bus was completely full! Standing room only!

Since we had it in our heads that we were taking a cab, we weren’t mentally or physically prepared for a jam packed bus so we hadn’t secured our valuables. If this happens again, we will turn around and get back off the bus to avoid being swarmed and pickpocketed.

Besides, my balance is horrible due to the nerve damage caused by my spinal injury so it’s unsafe for me to ride standing up on a speedy, jerky bus. We were both holding on for dear life with both hands, leaving my pockets and Amelia’s bag exposed and easy to access.

We only took our eye off the ball for a minute, but that’s all it took for a skilled pickpocket to steal our old iPhone. We won’t make that mistake again.

Here’s some more information on the Red-masked Parakeet that we saw in the video:

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How To Get To Cuenca Ecuador from the USA (Episode 133)

In this episode, we discuss how to get to Cuenca Ecuador from the USA, including airports, airlines, ground transportation and airport hotels.

Ecuador Airports

Ecuador has several international and regional airports, but it only has two international airports with flights to and from the USA: Quito and Guayaquil. There are no direct flights from the USA to Cuenca, Ecuador.

Cuenca Ecuador Airport

Cuenca Airport Mariscal Lamar International Airport

We really like Cuenca’s airport: Mariscal Lamar International Airport. It’s very nice and very clean. It’s also very small so it’s easy to get checked in and through security.

While Cuenca’s airport is called an international airport, there aren’t a lot of international flights out of Cuenca. Nearly all of Cuenca’s flights go to Quito.

When we came on our exploratory trip in 2017, we took a flight from Cuenca to Guayaquil on our way back to the States, but that flight isn’t available anymore. Now, flights from Cuenca to Guayaquil go through Quito so it would take less time to drive over Cajas in a buseta.

There are no gangways at Cuenca’s airport. You’ll have to walk down the stairs to the tarmac and then around the plane to the baggage claim entrance.

Once you enter the door from the tarmac, the baggage claim is right there so don’t miss it. We had some friends come visit and they were the first people off the plane. They walked right by the baggage claim and out through security without their luggage. The security guard was nice and let them go back through with an escort to get their bags. I’m guessing they weren’t the first to do that.

Guayaquil Ecuador Airport

Guayaquil Airport Terminal

Guayaquil also has a very nice and clean airport: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. It’s much larger than Cuenca’s airport, but nothing like Miami or any of the large airports in the States, so it’s very easy to navigate.

Our only complaint about the Guayaquil airport (as of our last visit in the fall of 2018) is that they don’t have any healthy food options, especially for early morning flights back to the States.

It’s mostly deep fried junk food, which is one of the causes of Ecuador’s growing obesity epidemic. Every airport we’ve been too needs healthier food options, but none more so than Guayaquil.

When we moved here from Denver, CO, we flew into Guayaquil and had Edwin drive us to Cuenca. That’s mainly because the flights between Quito and Cuenca have limited cargo space so most planes can’t fit a large dog carrier like the one Daisy was in.

See More: Bringing Pets to Ecuador: Daisy and Alicia’s Excellent Adventure

They also often have luggage limitations and we had 4 large suitcases so we were concerned we wouldn’t be able to get them all on the plane. By flying from Miami to Guayaquil for our move, we had fewer things to worry about and a lot more flexibility.


However, Daisy’s profuse nervous panting for 3 and a half hours on the drive over Cajas to Cuenca nearly drove all of us crazy!

Quito Ecuador Airport

Quito Airport Mariscal Sucre International Airport

We prefer to fly into Quito’s very modern airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport. It’s the largest airport in Ecuador with a really nice Airport Center.

A lot of people don’t know about the Airport Center when they fly into Quito. As with most things in Ecuador, it’s not well advertised and there aren’t any obvious signs pointing travellers there from the main terminal.

To get to the Airport Center, you need to exit the main terminal building, walk across the street and into the building/parking garage opposite the terminal. There, you’ll find a nice food court with lots of options, some places to shop, a playground for kids and a lounge where you can rent a recliner for a few hours between flights.

Airlines that Fly Direct to Ecuador from the States

We typically fly from Miami to Quito, but we’ve also flown direct from Atlanta to Quito. However, the direct flight from Atlanta is usually a lot more expensive.

Here’s a useful resource for direct flights to/from any city (hint, you may need to use a VPN routing through the states to access it):

Here are the current airlines that fly direct to Ecuador from the States:

Direct Flights to Quito Ecuador from the States

Direct Flights to Guayaquil Ecuador from the States

You can also fly through Panama, Mexico City, San Salvador, Lima and a few other cities in Central and South America, but that adds a lot of time to your trip. We prefer direct flights from the states to save time and avoid transfers in other countries.

How to Get to Cuenca from Quito and Guayaquil

If you want to fly into Cuenca, it doesn’t make much sense to fly from the States to Guayaquil because there are no direct flights between Guayaquil and Cuenca. You’ll have to fly back north to Quito and then back south to Cuenca. That’s why we fly into Quito most of the time.

Flying from Quito to Cuenca

Cuenca Ecuador from an Airplane

Flying into Quito from the States cuts about 45 minutes off the flight compared to flying into Guayaquil because it’s much further south than Quito. We also prefer the short 45 minute flight between Quito and Cuenca over the 3.5 hour drive between Guayaquil and Cuenca.

The main downside of flying from Quito to Cuenca is that most flights from the States arrive late in the evening or at night. That means you’ll either need to camp out in the airport for 5 to 10 hours, rent a recliner in the lounge, or go to a hotel. We typically go to a hotel and take a later flight to Cuenca the next day after enjoying some down time.

We flew Tame Airlines once from Quito to Cuenca, but prefer to fly on LATAM‘s larger jet airplanes.

Driving from Quito to Cuenca

You have several options for driving from Quito to Cuenca, but be prepared for 7 to 10 hours on a curvy mountain 2-lane highway.

Hiring a Private Driver from Quito to Cuenca

Our Driver Edwin

Our friend and driver, Edwin, has picked us up several times in Guayaquil and driven us to Cuenca, but he’ll also pick you up in Quito and drive you back to Cuenca. Other private drivers will do the same thing.

If you’d like Edwin’s contact info, drop us a note through our Contact Form and we’ll send an email introduction when we have a chance. Or you can get his info right now from our Scrollodex.

Taking a Taxi from Quito to Cuenca

This used to be a foreign concept to us. You can actually get a taxi driver to take you long distances here in Ecuador.

When we went to the Ecuador Coast last fall, we had planned to take the interprovincial bus from Guayaquil. However, the cab driver who was driving us from the Operazuaytur buseta office to the bus terminal told us he would drive us all the way to the coast for $80. The cost was quite a bit more than two bus tickets, but it also shaved about 2 hours off our trip and delivered us right to our hotel.

Some of our subscribers and friends moved to Cuenca earlier this year. The airport taxi driver offered to drive them from Quito to Cuenca for $450, but they negotiated a rate of $200. They said it was the most beautiful drive they’ve ever taken.

Taking a Bus from Quito to Cuenca

We aren’t bus people so we don’t know much about them. We did take an interprovincial bus to Machala for our visas, and we took a CLP bus from Olón to Guayaquil on our way back from the coast, but that’s the extent of our long-distance bus experience.

You can take an interprovincial bus from Quito to Cuenca for around $9. The more comfortable Flota Imbabura bus costs about $12. You can find all the options for taking a bus from Quito to Cuenca on

Driving from Guayaquil to Cuenca

The drive from Guayaquil to Cuenca takes about 3.5 hours so it’s quite a bit shorter than the drive from Quito. The drive through Cajas is stunning, but the curvy mountain roads are rough on the stomach so be prepared with some dramamine and a waterproof bag.

Hiring a Private Driver from Guayaquil to Cuenca

We covered this in the section above on Hiring a Private Driver from Quito to Cuenca. The info is the same, but the price will be lower.

Taking a Taxi from Guayaquil to Cuenca

Just like in Quito, you can take a taxi from the airport in Guayaquil all the way to Cuenca. We were quoted $80 by a taxi driver on one of our trips back to Cuenca but we opted for the more affordable buseta.

Taking a Buseta from Guayaquil to Cuenca

Operazuay Tur

We’ve taken a buseta (or small bus/large van) between Cuenca and Guayaquil several times with Operazuaytur. It costs $12 per one-way ticket and takes a little over 3 hours.

As of this writing (August 2019), their website is down and they seldom respond to Facebook messages. However, they are still in business and their buses leave every hour on the hour. We usually show up at their terminal about 20 to 30 minutes before the hour and we’ve always been able to get a ticket for the next bus.

Their office/terminal is located about 4 blocks from the Guayaquil airport. If you don’t have a lot of luggage, you could easily walk there. However, like most things in Ecuador, you may have a hard time finding it. They moved locations a year ago, but they haven’t updated their address on Facebook or Google so the map marker is in the wrong place.

The new location is about the same distance from the airport as the old location, it’s just a in different direction. If you don’t know where it is, you might want to pay the $5 minimum cab fare and have someone drive you.

We usually stay overnight in Guayaquil so we always take a cab to the buseta terminal from our hotel.

Taking a Bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca

You can take an interprovincial bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca for around $5 and it’ll take about 4 hours. You can find all the options for taking a bus from Guayaquil to Cuenca on

Ecuador Airport Hotels

Since most of the flights from the States arrive in Ecuador late in the evening or at night, you might need a place to sleep.

Quito Airport Lounge

Quito Airport Lounge

The Quito airport does have a lounge in the Airport Center where the food court is located. It’s called Layover Stay and you can rent a recliner for a few hours, kick back and relax or take a nap. We’ve never stayed there so we can’t attest to how comfortable it is.

Quito Airport Hotels

We’ve stayed in three different hotels near the Quito airport.

Wyndham Hotel Quito Airport

Wyndham Quito Airport

I’ve never stayed at the Quito Airport Wyndham Hotel, but Amelia has stayed there twice. It’s right by the airport and they have a shuttle to take you back and forth.

This is by far the most convenient option and a very western hotel, but it’s quite a bit more expensive than the next two options.

San José de Puembo Hotel

San José de Puembo Hotel

Of the three hotels we’ve stayed at by the Quito airport, San José de Puembo is our favorite. It is a beautiful 400 year old hacienda that has been converted into a hotel. The grounds are beautiful and the food is delicious. They’re also very accommodating with our plant-based vegan diet.

The only downside is that it’s the furthest hotel from the airport and takes about 20 minutes to get there. They do have a free shuttle that will pick you up and drop you off, even in the middle of the night.

Our flight was delayed on our trip back from India so we didn’t arrive until 3AM. The shuttle driver was waiting for us with a sign and a big smile. We were very thankful to see him!

Quito Airport Suites Hotel

Quito Airport Suites Hotel

We also enjoyed our short one night stay at the Quito Airport Suites Hotel. It’s about a 5 minute cab ride from the airport, but takes about 20 minutes to get back due to a lack of turn around spots on the road into the airport.

This is the most affordable of the three hotels. The beds were comfortable and the grounds were beautiful, but they had no vegan food options other than fruit. Even their bread had manteca (lard) in it.

Guayaquil Airport Hotels

We have only stayed in two hotels near the Guayaquil airport, but we’ve had recommendations for a third.

Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil

Marriott Courtyard Guayaquil

We’ve stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil several times because Amelia has tons of points with Marriott from her old life as a travelling salesperson. We haven’t paid money to stay there yet. It’s the nicest Courtyard either of us have ever stayed in. Back in the States, it would pass as a full blown Marriott.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there from the airport and the cab drivers like to take a shortcut that will make you think they’re going to rob you blind and dump you in a dark alley so be prepared for that. We’ve never had a problem, but we’re always a bit concerned for about 3 blocks of the drive.

The cab drivers also don’t know how to pronounce Marriott correctly. You need to pronounce it Mar-ee-oat or they’ll give you a confused look. It’s located near the Mall de San Marino, which has a nice food court with a Noe Sushi and other vegan/healthy options. Plus lots of shopping.

San Marino Mall

Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport

Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport

We’ve never stayed at the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport, but it has been recommended to us by other gringos. It’s walking distance from the airport, making it the most convenient.

Air Suites Hotel Guayaquil Airport

Air Suites Hotel Guayaquil

We’ve stayed at Air Suites Hotel Guayaquil Airport several times. It’s the most affordable option and they allow dogs.

The rooms are small but clean and the location is convenient to the airport, but there aren’t many dining options nearby and no one speaks English who works there. They offer a breakfast but it’s not vegan-friendly.

We walked about 8 blocks to Mall del Sol for dinner one evening while it was still light, but we wouldn’t recommend walking there or back after dark. It’s not the best part of town.

We had the clerk help us order a vegan pizza on one visit. The clerk told them “sin queso” at least 5 times, but they still put cheese on it so they had to send another one. It might be challenging for you at this hotel if you don’t speak any Spanish.

Cuenca Lodging Options

Cuenca is a tourist town, both for people who live inside and outside of Ecuador. Therefore, it has an abundance of lodging options.

Hotel Victoria Cuenca

Hotel Victoria Cuenca

The Hotel Victoria Cuenca is a really nice, high end hotel located in El Centro. It’s more expensive than some of the other options, but the views and atmosphere are amazing.

Some friends came to visit and stayed their. Their room was very plush with a large patio/balcony overlooking the river. They also told us the food was delicious.

Amelia and I are considering staying here for a special date night!

Four Points by Sheraton Cuenca

Four Points Sheraton Cuenca

The Four Points by Sheraton Cuenca is located by Mall del Río, which is quite a long walk from El Centro. You would probably need to take a cab.

We usually recommend that people stay closer to El Centro because that’s where all the action is. However, this hotel is new and very western. If you don’t mind taking a cab, which will only cost about $2.50, then you might appreciate the amenities of this hotel.

Apartamentos Otorongo

Apartamentos Otorongo View

We stayed at Apartamentos Otorongo for a week on our exploratory trip, and for almost 2 months after we moved to Cuenca. The great thing about Otorongo is that the rooms have a kitchen so you can prepare your own food.

One of our subscribers asked if the rooms have bathrooms because none of the pictures on their website show one. Yes, each room has a private bathroom. They’re nothing special, but they get the job done.

It’s located along the Tomebamba River and it takes about 10 minutes to walk to El Centro. I call it the “gringo landingzone” so we also made some great gringo friends while we were there.

If you want to make a longer term reservation, it’s best to contact Xavier directly to get the best deal. The booking sites like Expedia charge a 10% booking fee so you’ll get a discount by going direct.

See More: Apartamentos Otorongo Tour

Pepe’s House B&B

Pepe's House B&B

Pepe’s House B&B is located in the heart of El Centro, just a few blocks from Parque Calderon. It’s a really nice hostel and the owners are great. They also have an adjoining bar called Pepe’s Place where we hosted one of our Unconventional Social Gatherings.

We’re going to do a full video of Pepe’s so stay tuned for that!

AirBnB Cuenca

AirBnB Cuenca

There are over 300 places to stay on AirBnB Cuenca. You can rent anything from a single room to an entire house. We stayed at an AirBnB in Amsterdam and had a really positive experience.

The nice thing about renting a house/condo is that it gives you a really good feel for what it would be like to live here. You can cook your own food, test out the internet and get to know the neighborhood like a local.

If you’re planning a long visit to Cuenca, put your actual dates in the search box on AirBnB. Most hosts give a steep discount for long-term stays. Don’t gauge the cost from the single night rate.

We hope this information about airports, airlines, ground transportation and airport hotels helps you figure out how to get to Cuenca Ecuador. It’s not the easiest place to travel to, but it’s totally worth it (to quote Amelia).

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Air Travel Tales & Tips – 4 Continents in 4 Weeks (Episode 108 – Part 14)

Over the course of 4 weeks, we traveled from Cuenca, Ecuador in South America, to Miami in North America, to Amsterdam in Europe, and finally to India in Asia. Then back again. We were in 10 different airports in 5 different countries on 4 different continents a total of 21 different times. I’m done with flying for a while!

We recorded 13 travel videos on our India Trip, but we had a lot of stories that didn’t make it into any of them and we wanted to share those with you. We also learned a few lessons that you might find useful on your future travels.

Air Travel Tips

  1. Pre-Order Airplane Meals – if you have any special food requirements, such as being vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, or you have food allergies or you’re lactose intolerant, pre-order your meals for long flights through the airline website. Then protect them with your life! If you fall asleep, there’s a good chance someone will remove your food whether you’ve eaten it or not and if you’ve ordered a special meal, they likely won’t have a replacement.
  2. Eye Masks – these are very useful when you’re flying at night, but the sun is out. Yeah, I know it sounds strange, but when you fly for 10 hours, your body thinks it’s night even though you’ve flown into the daytime. An eye mask blocks out the sun and any overhead lights your plane neighbors forget to turn off.
  3. Travel Blanket – we didn’t talk about this one in the video, but we appropriated a couple blankets from the friendly skies that we used throughout our trip as lumbar support, neck support, packing materials and as actual blankets when the air conditioning was cranked up and we were cold. Apparently, you’re not supposed to take the blankets so we can’t endorse this antisocial behavior, but you can always take a small blanket with you that you acquire through less illicit means.
  4. Noise Canceling Headphones – Amelia bought a pair of these in the Apple Store in South Beach and she says they work great. I wished I had a set on the Air India party plane!
  5. Power Strip with Universal Adapter – Americans are spoiled with copious amounts of power outlets, but other countries aren’t so generous with them. Ecuador uses the American style 3-prong plug, but the houses don’t have very many outlets. Our AirBnB only had European outlets so we needed our adapter. The India hotels had either European outlets, or outlets that accepted both European as well as American style 3-prong plugs.The universal adapter was crucial, but so was the powerstrip. I have two chargers for my camera batteries, plus two phone chargers, an iPad charger, a fitbit charger and the power cord for our Mac. We needed to be able to charge most of those at the same time. And in most hotels in India, we could only charge while we were in the room. In order to leave the room, you have to take the key or card out of a slot, which shuts off all the power in the room. Nice for the environment and electricity conservation; bad for charging your devices.
  6. Extra Chargers – if you have a camera or other device with special chargers, take a spare charger with you. Our friend Patrick broke his camera charger and luckily had the same brand of camera that I have so I was able to loan him one of my spares. Same goes for your phone chargers. It’s easy to forget those in a hotel room so it’s a good idea to take an extra with you.
  7. India Travel Tips – Delhi Belly is a real thing. It’s the Indian version of Montezuma’s Revenge. I had it for 2 of our final days in India when we arrived at the Niraamaya Resort. I think I got it from eating some raw cashews we bought in Munnar. Thankfully, we purchased some supplies in Miami that minimized the effects:
    • Charcoal Pills – these are supposed to help with upset stomachs. Eating so much foreign food took its toll on my gut so I used these several times, and they seemed to work.
    • Electrolytes – I was thankful to have this after I got overheated on our final day in India. Amelia had been drinking it for several days and she did much better in the extreme heat and humidity.
    • Probiotics – we took these for 2 weeks leading up to our arrival in India, as well as during our entire stay there. We took the last pills on our last day in India. There’s no way to know for sure if they worked, but we managed to stay in India for two weeks with only a minor case of Delhi Belly.
    • Hand Sanitizer – Amelia is even more of a germaphobe than I am, so she bought WAY too much hand sanitizer in Miami. I wanted her to get one bottle. Instead, she bought four and we only used half of one. She used it more than I did, mainly on her hands, but she also used it to wipe down silverware and glasses.
    • Dramamine – if you have any issues with motion sickness, take Dramamine with you because the car rides, buses, boats and trains are all stomach churning experiences. We were very thankful we had some on the ride from Munnar to Kochi.
  8. AirBnB – there has been quite a bit of bad press about AirBnB over the past few months. Hotels spend a lot of money advertising in mainstream media, so news outlets like to run stories to make more affordable, unconventional, innovative options less attractive to consumers. But we were VERY happy with our AirBnB experience.We were ready to book a hotel in the City Center, but it was so expensive I suggested we cut our stay in Amsterdam short, or look at AirBnb. It was our first time using them and we’re glad we did! It saved us over $1,500! Plus, we stayed in a beautiful apartment with a full kitchen in the highly desirable Jordaan neighborhood that was close to everything.If you try AirBnB, we suggest selecting a place with lots of good reviews, and contact the owners before you book to see how responsive they are. We will certainly be using AirBnB again.

San José de Puembo Hotel in Quito Ecuador

We mentioned the San José de Puembo Hotel near the end of our video and we highly recommend it. We’ve stayed there several times now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s about 20 minutes from the airport and they offer a free shuttle service. The beds are very comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. The food is good, too. It’s a little more expensive than the Quito Airport Suites hotel we stayed in last fall, but the rooms and restaurant are MUCH nicer.

That’s it for our travel tales and tips. I’m sure we’ll have more of these as we travel around Ecuador and other countries in South America.

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Bringing Pets to Ecuador: Daisy and Alicia’s Excellent Adventure (Episode 85)

We’ve had LOTS of questions about Bringing Pets to Ecuador and about how pet-friendly Cuenca Ecuador is, so we thought we’d record a quick video talking about our experience bring Daisy and Alicia here. It was quite the adventure!

For our fellow vegans, we’re using the term “pets” in this post and in the video for SEO value. More people search for pet travel and pet services than they search for companion animals or fur babies so we don’t want to miss out on that search traffic.

If you’re planning a move to Ecuador, you may find our Ecuador Expat Info page helpful.

USDA APHIS – Bringing Pets to Ecuador from the USA

If you’re bringing pets to Ecuador, the first thing you need to do is read through all the guidelines and certificate paperwork on the USDA APHIS website: APHIS stands for “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.”

Here’s the page with the Health Certificates for Dogs and Cats, specifically for Ecuador. You need to have this paperwork with you at all times while travelling internationally with your pets.

The very next step is to find a USDA Accredited Veterinarian. They will help you fill out all the paperwork and plan your vaccine schedule. They’ll also work with the USDA to make sure everything on the paperwork and the vaccine schedule is correct. We used Town & Country Veterinary Clinic in Marietta, GA. They were very helpful and we highly recommend them if you live in the Atlanta area.

You’ll also need to find the nearest USDA APHIS office to get all the certificates endorsed. You need to make an appointment with them, and it could take a couple weeks to get on their calendar so plan accordingly.

The vaccine schedule is complicated, especially if you have multiple dogs at varying stages of their vaccine schedule. Daisy and Alicia both had some vaccines that had not expired yet. That meant we had to get boosters for some vaccines while making sure others were given during a specific window of time.

Even working with an accredited vet, we still messed up on one of the vaccines, which caused us to delay our trip by two weeks. Thankfully for us, but not for millions of other people, Hurricane Irma passed through Atlanta on the day we were supposed to leave and closed the airport so we were able to change our flights without paying any fees.

Pet Friendly Air Suites Hotel in Guayaquil Ecuador

The hotel we mentioned in the video is the Air Suites Hotel in Guayaquil. It’s only a few blocks from the airport, it’s very affordable and they accept pets. We’ve stayed their several times and it typically costs about $35/night. The rooms are small, but they’re very clean.

They don’t have much for vegan breakfast; mainly coffee, toast and fruit. We usually bring a PB&J with us when we stay there. You can walk to Mall del Sol, which is about 10 blocks away. That mall has a delicious sushi restaurant with several vegan options.

Bringing Pets to Ecuador: Air Suites Hotel Guayaquil

Renting a Home that Accepts Pets in Cuenca Ecuador

We talked about finding a rental house in Cuenca that would accept pets in our Cost of Living in Cuenca Ecuador + Rental House Tour. Not all landlords will accept pets, and some will only accept small dogs like Alicia. Daisy is considered a large dog here, and she’s only 30 pounds.

Pet Services in Cuenca

We’re going to record a full video on pet services in Cuenca, but for now, here’s who we use:

If you have any other questions, please let us know in the comments and we’ll try to answer them in our next Pet Care video.

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South Beach Miami Art Deco + Noe Sushi Quito Airport (Episode 42)

Walking around South Beach Miami, it almost feels like you’re in a comic book world. The South Beach Miami Art Deco style looks a lot like Gotham City. It was even more beautiful at night, but we weren’t there long enough to get any good night footage. Our brief video montage really doesn’t do justice to the beautiful architecture.

South Beach Miami Art Deco

We’ve been to South Beach Miami several times on our travels between the USA and Cuenca Ecuador, but we never get tired of seeing the 1920’s era Art Deco designs. Unfortunately, I didn’t get as much footage as I intended due to a malfunction with my camera.

South Beach Miami Art Deco Tour Senor Frogs South Beach Miami Art Deco Tour Tudor Hotel South Beach Miami Art Deco Tour Leslie

Miami Airport Vegan Food

The Miami Airport vegan food options are abysmal. We walked from one end of the D Terminal to the other and found only a couple of truly vegan options, none of them healthy.

Shula’s has a veggie burger, but it isn’t even close to vegan. The manager was kind enough to get the package for us and it has cheese and milk. There is a Mexican restaurant with the obligatory “Rice & Beans” vegan plate, but we opted for the Impossible Burger at the Corona Beach House restaurant again. That was before we finished walking to the other end of the terminal where we found a TGI Friday’s that had a Beyond Burger.

NOE Sushi Bar in the Quito Airport

The Quito Airport is actually more vegan friendly than Miami and Guayaquil because they have a NOE Sushi Bar with several vegan options. We got miso soup, a veggie roll and a Japanese veggie pasta dish with mushrooms.

Noe Sushi Quito Airport Miso Soup

Noe Sushi Quito Airport Roll

Noe Sushi Quito Airport Noodles

Be sure to tell them you’re vegan and list the things you don’t eat in Spanish:

  • somos veganos – we’re vegan
  • soy vegano – I’m vegan
  • no queso – no cheese
  • no crema – no cream
  • no huevos – no eggs
  • no carne – no meat
  • no pollo – no chicken
  • no pescado – no fish
  • no salsa de pescado – no fish sauce

Sometimes we say “sin” (without) instead of “no” but that often seems to confuse people so we find it’s easier to say “no carne” to minimize confusion.

Quito Airport Suites Hotel

Quito Airport Suites Hotel

Since our flight from Miami arrived very late and our flight to Cuenca wasn’t until the next morning, we stayed in the Quito Airport Suites Hotel overnight. Our large room cost $35 and it came with breakfast, although as you’ll see in the next video, it wasn’t very vegan friendly. You’ll also see how beautiful the grounds are in the next video.

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