viernes, 14 de noviembre de 2014


If you’re interested in gay culture and activities in Ecuador, you’ve come to the right place!

We are active members of the local gay community, and can offer you the following experiences:

·         We can take you to the gay bars and nightclubs in Quito, Guayaquil , Cuenca  and advise you on a range of issues from the styles of music and the kind of atmosphere they offer to personal security when you’re out and about at night.

·         Do you like theater? There is a drag queen theater group in Quito with different kinds of shows
from the purely musical to the more theatrical. Let us take you to one of their shows.
You will love it!

·         At different times of the year, it is possible to attend and participate in gay events like the gay film festival, literary workshops focused on gay literature, the gay pride parade, etc. We actively participate in these events and would love to get you involved, if you wish! We can even introduce you to gay authors, directors, etc.

·         Restaurants are another part of the gay culture in Quito. We can take you to an upscale, reasonably-priced, gay-friendly restaurant which offers gourmet Belgian-Ecuadorian fusion cuisine. If you prefer lighter fare, there’s also a nice gay (not just gay-friendly) restaurant that offers drinks and light snacks.

·         When you’re looking for relaxation or a great massage, we can take you to the local saunas and also advise you on safety and security.

·         On the more spiritual side, we can take you to a gay-friendly church which offers Sunday services in English, German, and Spanish.

·         At the same church, we lead weekly LGBT spiritual discussion groups. Come join us, and meet friendly LGBT folks from all walks of life. The discussions are in Spanish, but if you don’t speak the language and just want to be present and to make new friends, no problem: At the end of every group meeting, we hold a warm and friendly coffee hour where a lot of the members like to practice their English with visitors from abroad.

·         If you’re dealing with an addiction to sex, drugs, alcohol, or love, we also offer 12-step programs within the same gay-friendly environment. Some groups are in English, some in Spanish—ask us for details.

Skype: paiscanela
Phone: (593) 2 6042845
Cell: 0986 588 404

domingo, 11 de mayo de 2014


Quito is considered to be one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The historic center of Quito, known as the "Old City" is replete with narrow and winding cobblestone streets, magnificent churches and open squares. The buildings that line the streets reflect Spanish colonial influence with their balconies, red-tile roofs, thick columns and central patios. The importance of the colonial remnants found in the Old City prompted UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) to declare Quito a Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1979.

Historic Quito is the oldest and best preserved colonial sector in South America. The famous Escuela de Arte de Quitoflourished in the old city and is well known for its unique baroque style. This style is reflected in the rich and profuse decorations of the interiors of many of the Quito's churches. These European influences were combined with the inspiration of indigenous art to create a unique Quiteño style. For its artwork, Quito has been termed the "Florence of America."

Quito City Tour
Complete tour by Guapulo - El Panecillo - La Basilica - Old Town - San Francisco - La Ronda
City tour de Quito

1 Pax $ 40
2 Pax  $ 60
+ $10 per aditional person.

The first part of the tour: Guuapulo - El Panecillo - La Basilica
it is recommendable to go in a Private Car ( $ 30) 

* It doesn´t include cost of  entrances to churches and museums. 


Our personalized service offers a full tour of the Middle of the World, one of the Ecuador’s natural treasures. This tour provides a historical appreciation of Ecuadorians’ relationship with the mysteries of nature like the magnetic energy and physical impact of standing between the Northern and Southern hemispheres on the Equatorial Line. This is one of the few populated places in the world where the imaginary line passes. The majority of the Equator passes through oceans and uninhabited jungle. The Middle of the World was discovered by the indigenous people who studied the sun, planets and stars long before the arrival of the Spaniards and the French Geodesic mission.

Along the way, you will also learn about the northern part of Quito and the Valley of San Antonio de Pichincha as you enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the Andes.

The tour begins at the Pululahua Geobontanical Reserve where you can explore the crater of the volcano "Pululahua". A community of ingenious people live in harmony with the fertile land in the interior of the volcano. 

Art and aroma therapy enthusiasts have the option of visiting the "Temple of the Sun".

Our final stop will be the "Middle of the World City" for a full tour of its museums and pavilions.

Lunch recommendations will be provided for those interested in traditional Ecuadorian fare.

Tour rates:
1 Person - $ 40
2 people - $60
Extra person $10

* We recommend a private taxi for this tour.
One-way taxi with bus ride back - $25
Roundtrip Taxi - $45

Rate does not include:

Entrance fee to Intiñan - $ 4 per person.
Entrance to the Middle of the World City - $2 per person

Lunch or snacks



Experience complete peace of mind and security with our personalized transportation service. Our transportation service includes local transport to Quito hotels from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport as well as transportation to any part of Ecuador that you would like to visit.

Our transportation service between Quito hotels and the airport operates 24-hours a day.

We understand that flights are sometimes delayed. Rest assured that when your flight does arrive, a smiling face will greet you in the waiting room, along with a sign with your name upon it for easy recognition.

You will be escorted in a private taxi with a tourist guide who can answer any questions or concerns you might have about Ecuador or your trip. As part of our white glove service, we will also accompany you to the airport for your return flight. This includes assistance with check-in and any support needed at customs.

A new access road to the Quito airport opened in December 2014.  It takes an hour or more to travel from the airport to Quito during rush hour traffic.  Non-peak travel times between 21:00 and 06:00 takes about 45 minutes.

From 1 to 2 people.
From 07:00 until 20:00 - $ 35
From 20:00 until 07:00 - $45

Please see our special rates for more than 3 people.

Para tu tranquilidad y seguridad te ofrecemos un servicio personalizado de
transporte desde el aeropuerto de Quito hacia un hotel en la ciudad o hacia cualquier parte del Ecuador según tu requerimiento.

El nuevo aeropuerto de Quito esta fuera de la ciudad, prácticamente a una hora y media.
En casos que no hay trafico , por ejemplo desde las 21:00 hasta las 06:00 realizamos una hora de promedio en trasladarte sea aeropuerto - hotel en Quito o viceversa.

Nosotros te esperamos, incluso en casos de que los vuelos esten retrazados.
En la sala de espera estamos con un cartel con tu nombre para que nos identifiques
y luego te llevamos al Hotel en Quito que hayas reservado.

Igualmente a cualquier hora del día realizamos los transfers desde el Hotel en Quito hacía el aeropuerto "Mariscal Sucre".

Tu viaje será en un taxi privado respaldado por la compañía de un guía de turismo que en el transcurso del transfer podrás realizarle  todas las preguntas o inquietudes que tengas sobre Ecuador
y tu viaje y el gustosamente te dará una explicación aclarando tus inquietudes.

de 1 a 2 personas.
Desde las 07:00 hasta las 20:00 - $ 35
Desde las 20:00 hasta las 07:00 - $ 45

Si son más de tres pasajeros por favor consultar nuestras  tarifas especiales.
Phone: (593) 2 604 28 45
Mobile: (593) 986 588 404

Skype: paiscanela

martes, 19 de junio de 2012


Would you like to learn everyday Spanish while vacationing in Ecuador and learning about local customs and cuisine? I have years of experience working 1:1 with tourists who seek more than the casual tour experience, and I love my work and do it with a passion. I’ll make sure you improve your Spanish and have a fantastic experience in Ecuador. And I charge less than any Spanish language school that offers individual classes! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for details. Let’s work together and put together an interesting program that works for you.

Travel Agent & Tour Guide
Skype: paiscanela

Phone: (+593) 2 6042845
Cell: 0986 588 404 / 0998 423 402 / 099 688 4800
To dial from outside Ecuador, replace the initial 0 with + 593which is the country code for Ecuador.
Example: + 593 986 588 404

lunes, 19 de marzo de 2012


Es mejor realizar este tour los sábados debido a que es la feria y los vendedores
de artesanías, ponchos,  vestuario indígena, artesanías, comida, alimentos,  llenan
el mercado y sus alrededores este día, siendo uno de los mercados más coloridos
de Latinoamérica.

En el turismo tradicional solo le llevarán al Mercado de Otavalo los Sábados.
Nosotros le ofrecemos un tour completo a Otavalo y sus alrededores.
Luego de visitar el mercado, le llevaremos a las lagunas de Cuicocha donde podrá navegar
justamente en las aguas que inundan el cráter del Volcán.

Visitaremos la pequeña ciudad de Cotacachi, conocida por la alta calidad de productos hechos en  cuero de buena calidad, y finalizaremos el tour en el sitio sagrado para los indígenas como son las cascadas de Peguche.

El tour empieza a las 09:00 de la mañana en Quito y prácticamente volvemos de nuevo a su hotel a las 20:00 horas, todo el tour con la asesoría, compañía  y guianza personalizada.


1 persona -  $ 80
  2 personas - $ 100
  3 personas - $ 120 

Si desea transporte privado, sea 1 , 2 o 3  personas, el precio es $ 120

Skype: paiscanela
Phone: (+593) 2 6042845
To dial from outside Ecuador, replace the initial 0 with +593, which is the country code for Ecuador.
Example: +593 986 588 404
Cell: 0986 588 404 / 0998 423 402 / 099 688 4800

viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2011


A good gay retirement location

My name is Francisco Guayasamin.  I am a travel agent and tour guide out of Quito, Ecuador.  Although I’m based in Quito, I travel the entire country, including the Galapagos, the beaches, the Amazon, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, which is a very popular retirement community for English speakers (although the gay community there is only just beginning).
No matter what you want to do, I can probably find it for you and set you up with an attractive package.  I’ve lived in Ecuador all my life so I can find those special spots in which you can live, retire, and travel that will give you a real taste of Ecuador.  We’ll see all the tourist spots that you want and we’ll also see the small mom and pop run stores and restaurants that abound throughout Ecuador.  You’ll be surprised at the quality and the low prices that they have.  I can even bring you to English and German language church services.
Whether you’re here for a few days or want to retire here, I can help.  I will meet you at the airport, take you to your hotel or hostel and be with you as long as you need me.  I’ve helped many foreigners buy houses and condos, get medical attention, and find good deals at the local markets for things that range from beds to computers.  I can help you find a post office, an English speaking lawyer or doctor, help you get insurance, and even help you get signed  up for Ecuadorian social security. 
I can help you get your cedula (Ecuadorian ID card) and censo (foreigner’s ID card), and also know a good lawyer  who work with both immigration to help you get your visa, and real estate issues, if you’re looking at buying a house, a condo, a business or land.
I speak Spanish and English.  I am willing and able to travel with you or just set up an itinerary for you.  

More information: 

viernes, 16 de septiembre de 2011


Our place  is a dream come true, not just for us, but for every nature lover and bird-watcher whose imagination is stimulated by the idea of a Cloud Forest. For anyone  who seeks to immerse him or her self in its mysteries, soak in its vast views, anyone who wants to discover its rare and endemic birds, orchids and other species, anyone who wants to discover true peace and wild places, anyone who loves forests, there are few places like it so easily accessible!!.

Bromeliads and orchids, hummingbirds and tanagers, toucans and antpittas, all vie for our attention, and could keep any dedicated naturalist enthused for a lifetime of observation.  Add to that the  sense of adventure hiking the forest trails, or deep  adventure hiking up streams to reach hidden waterfalls……and you have the ingredients for a travel experience about which famed photographer Tui De Roy has said ……  I will return to Bellavista again and again, because I know that here I will always find sheer magic….. .

Less than 1 hour 45 minutes from the heart of Quito city, or 1 hour from the Mitad Del Mundo Equator monument. Bellavista is a private reserve of 700 hectares, at the top of the famed Tandayapa Valley, near Mindo,  in an area that has won the highest  24 hour bird count in 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Americas.

Our lodge is  located on the old Nono-Tandayapa-Mindo road, synonymous with one of the very best birding areas in Ecuador, an area that has won the” Audubon Christmas Bird Count “ for the highest number of bird species seen in one day! And now, with the recent declaration of the road from Nono – Tandayapa – San Tadeo as the first Ecoroute in Ecuador, more habitat will be protected in the region for birds and living things in general.

Hike the extensive trail system (10 km of trails), or the little-travelled dirt roads that cross the Reserve. There are always great birds to see, be it a good tanager flock, speciality birds like Plate-billed Mountain-Toucan and Tanager-Finch, or strange calls inviting for identification!! And we GUARANTEE you will see hummingbirds!

And give yourself / yourselves the time to take day excursions to different elevations for different birds, or to other nearby reserves such as the recently opened and already famous Reserva Paz de las Aves, where a Cock-of-the-Rock lek awaits you, and up to three usually elusive Antpittas can be seen at truly incredibly close quarters – Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, and Giant Antpitta.

We provide specialist birding trips from one to 7 or more days. We include transport, specialist birding guides or local naturalist guides, full meal plan, complete lodging facilities, entrances and more. We are happy to help you set up your tour, alone or with others!

Skype: paiscanela
Phone: (+593) 2 6042845
To dial from outside Ecuador, replace the initial 0 with +593, which is the country code for Ecuador.
Example: +593 986 588 404

Cell: Claro 0986 588 404 

lunes, 3 de enero de 2011


Ecuador spans four vastly different worlds. From the endless reaches of the Amazon, to the breathtaking beauty of the Andes, to the pristine stretches of the Coast and the legendary Galapagos Islands – each region boasts a unique landscape, ecosystem and culture. Nowhere else on earth can visitors experience such extreme diversity in one country. And because Ecuador is only the size of Nevada (United States), it’s possible to see it all in just one trip!

Ecuador is home to the Galapagos Islands and is the number one, most biodiverse country per square mile in the world. Ecuador counts some 50 different ecosystems, several of which are considered Biodiversity Hotspots by Conservation International and have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Only in Ecuador can a traveler climb the tallest active volcano in the world, kayak the rapids of the Amazon rainforest, crisscross the Equatorial line on horseback, surf tropical Pacific swells along a Pre-Incan archeological site (Chirije), and swim with penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and harmless whale sharks – all in one trip!

Some 27 different ethnic groups, each blessed with a rich cultural heritage, co-exist peacefully in Ecuador. Many, especially in the Andean highlands and the Amazon rainforest, have had limited contact with modern civilization and still live much the same way their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Ecuadorians are proud of their culture, passionate about conserving their way of life and keen to sharing their traditions and rituals with foreigners. Perhaps most rewarding for a visitor, is the opportunity to be a participant, rather than just an observer.

Ecuador has made conservation and responsible tourism development a priority. The country is taking aggressive steps to establish a sustainable tourism infrastructure that will ensure its unique ecosystems are carefully monitored to preserve their natural abundance. By visiting Ecuador, travelers contribute to the local economy and participate in Ecuador’s mission to become a leader in sustainable tourism.

Ecuador is one of the most versatile destinations on the planet, with plenty to offer to just about any type of traveler. From adventure seekers and Eco-tourists, culture and history aficionados, inquisitive families and active honeymooners, to watersports enthusiasts, incentive travelers, and visitors looking to learn Spanish; itineraries catering to their interests are easy to arrange.

A choice of US and international carriers offering daily flights from both the East and West Coast of the US, a short 4- to 6-hour flight from Miami and New York, a Dollar-based economy, conveniently located international airports, a reliable transportation system, a wide range of accommodations and English readily spoken in the major cities and tourist areas make travel to Ecuador effortless.

8) SAFE AND FRIENDLY (also Gay Friendly):
Ecuadorians are honest, warm and service-oriented people who truly enjoy welcoming foreign visitors to their country. Their friendly nature makes travelers feel safe and well looked after, as they are treated like guests rather than tourists.

Residing on the Equator has its advantages! Ecuador enjoys mild spring-like weather conditions year-round, creating an ideal environment for the country’s rich fauna and flora to flourish and its people to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. More importantly, this makes Ecuador an ideal place to visit any time of the year and an easy trip to pack for!

Ecuador is an “up and coming” destination among international travelers “in the know”. Free from mass tourism, the country is a heaven for travelers looking to discover something new and different. And if that doesn’t raise a few eyebrows and impress the boss, one can always mention bragging rights one through nine.

Skype: paiscanela

Phone: (+593) 2 6042845
To dial from outside Ecuador, replace the initial 0 with +593, which is the country code for Ecuador.
Example: +593 986 588 404
Cell:  0986 588 404