8 touristic sites of Ecuador chosen to film Nicky Jam´s last video for his song “Si tu la Vez”

8 touristic sites of Ecuador chosen to film Nicky Jam´s last video for his song “Si tu la Vez”

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Out of  the four regions of Ecuador, three  where selected to film the video of the Regueton artists Nicky Jam & Winsin  for the song “Si tu la vez” (if you see her).

It was filmed this May 2017 and the premiere of the video clip took place in July 28th,The Ecuadorian actors Andrés Holguín and Giovanna Andrade are the main characters of the video that tells the story of a couple’s love story and their  journey through Ecuador’s landscapes.Pailon del Diablo, Devil´s Cualdron, Rio Verde, Balos Ecuador, Ecuador Banos, waterfalls trail

The locations:

Highlands (Sierra). Visited the Capital of Quito and the Quito Oldtown, “La Compañia” Church (leafted with gold), “La Ronda  Street” and an aerial view of Quito Oldtown from  the back side of mother´s Mary Sculpture at the  Panecillo

Other locations, the “Quilotoa”crater lagoon, located in the province of Cotopaxi, “Chimborazo” the highest snow  capped  volcano from the center of the earth, ”La Chorera” a great climbing location and “The Devil´s Cualdron” in the Province of Tungurahua, close to the town of Baños de Agua Santa.

From the coast the footage beginsn at the Neighborhood “Las Peñas”  in the city of Guayaquil, went up the 400 stairs of the “Santa Ana Hill” and viewed Guayaquil from the highest point, the  emblematic  Lighthouse ( last scene).

From the Galapagos Islands  “Puerto Ayora”  a panoramic shot and some of the white sand beaches an their black iguanas getting a sun tan.

The promotional clip, which was uploaded to the YouTube platform on July 23, 2017, begins with an aerial shot of Pailón del Diablo and continues with a panoramic view of Quito. Until the night of this December  13, the video has 161 millon views.

The fine Toquilla straw hat, and it´s denomination of origin

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The fine “Toquilla” straw hat, ecuatouring, ecuador, ToquillaThe fine Toquilla straw hat, and it´s denomination of origin.Considering that Ecuador is a megadiverse country by nature and the cultural diversity that it presents in the different regions, it allows to identify products that can be protected under this umbrella of Intellectual Property as a mechanism of development for the different localities and / or communities.

Ecuadorian identity in own products

Have you heard about the PDO ( Protected denomination of origin? or in Spanish DOP (Denominacion de origen protegida)

What country in the world do you think about when the word Tequila, Mozzarella or Champagne is mentioned?

Denominations of origin, is a type of distinctive sign of great importance because it identifies a country, a region or a specific place where natural and human factors converge in the processes of production, processing and / or extraction of a particular product. That is, it´s basic characteristic.

Or said in other words, DO are special products whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are due exclusively or essentially to the geographical environment in which it is produced.

What is the appellations of origin?

A development mechanism and an opportunity for a country to promote one or more of its own products are the appellations of origin. There may be many tequila producers in the world, but the tequila is Mexican. The Peruvians can claim ownership on the pisco, grape liqueur, typical of the Andean valley of the same name. The same goes for the champagne, which is French, from the Champagne area.

The fine “ Toquilla ” straw hats, commonly and wrongly known as “Panama Hat”, are actually hats made in Montecristi, a town in the Province of Manabí-Ecuador. Our first denomination of origin was claimed it´s identity,  and is now protected and by the Ecuadorian Government.

There are currently three Protected Denominations of Origin which are:

“Montecristi” which refers to the Toquilla straw hats from the Montecristi canton.

“Cacao arriba” that protects the dry and fermented almond of the National type cacao or varieties of the National Complex.

“Galapagos Coffee” protection granted to parchment / gold / roasted / ground coffee.

The IEPI ( Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property) is doing an important job, which together with producers and / or farmers is in the process of socializing the importance of protecting  the different appellations of origin and the benefit they bring to the family, local, regional and national economy.

An aspiration of  Ecuador,  IEPI and its direction of Plant Varieties is to ensure that when the words “Sombrero Montecristi” or simply “Montecristi” are mentioned, identify the place of origin that is Ecuador.


What’s the purpose?

The whole purpose is to “protect the reputation of regional foods, promote rural and agricultural activity help producers obtain a premium price for their authentic products, and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavour”, according to Wikipedia.


  • Zaruma’s Coffee
  • Loja´s Coffee

Quito Airport taxi rate, fare, cost or price

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  Ecuador Quito Airport

Quito Airport Taxi, rate, fare, cost or price

Quito Airport taxi at the “Mariscal Sucre International Airport”.

The first tought that comes to your mind when you are about to travel to a different country are the transportation rates from the airport. And off couse you don´t want to be ripped off so yu might want to check the country rates for a taxi.

Here is a quick guide about the transportation options for Quito Airport.

taxi quito airport, quito airport taxi, quito airport pick upSince February 2013 Quito airport opened it´s doors for travelers from around the world. Many people have been asking themselves what is the taxi fare, what is the price for a taxi fom Quito airport to hotel in Quito?. How much is a taxi from Quito Airport to the city?. How much does a taxi cost from Quito airport to downtown ?. Hotel shuttles, time, distance and in general, about transportation from the Quito Airport to the city.

There are several options according to your budget and time of arrival.

The first and easiest way is to book a taxi that will meet and greet with you at the arriving gate, whether your flight is delayed, late or on time, a driver will be waiting  for you, holding a sign with your name. Click here  to quaote & book Quito Airport Pick Up.

Time by Taxi

How long will the taxi ride take from Quito Airport to Downtown Quito?

It will be about 40 minute ride by private transportation (taxi)

Quito Airport Taxi, Cost by taxi

The cost range to Quito hotels is between $25 and $38 (dollars) depending on the time, distance and type of service, click here to quote a ride.

The cost to nearby accommodation can go from $8 to $15

Time by bus

It will take about  15 minutes more, so 55 minutes to the Old Airport (located in the city towards the north area), from there you will most likely, have to take a taxi to your accommodation.

Cost by bus

The cost range is between $2 (green bus) and $12 white bus depending on the bus that you take, buses working schedule is from 6 am to 10pm.

Distance from the airport to Downtown Quito (Mariscal Area) is about 22 miles.

Hotel Shuttles

Shuttle hotel buses are not available for every hotel, you will have to get in touch with your hotel in order to make sure if they are providing this service or not. Usually they will charge as an additional service, with a higher fee than normal services.

Trip Tips

If you are at the Quito airport and have spare time maybe you would like to have a short day or half day guided escorted tour of Quito Oldtown, visit the Equator Line Solar Museum, relax in the Hot Volcanic Spring Waters Surrounded by Andean Mountains or Visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market. Well if you think you fit into this idea, customize your private half day or full day tour, click here to check tours information and prices.