This post is really just one giant self pat-on-the-back for making the 24/7s–pants that are apparently as useful in the city as they are in the amazon rainforest. Read on to see why Ev brought them to the Amazon, and pick up a travel tip or two along the way.
I’ve traveled a lot, but I have never taken a trip where the climate changed so drastically day-to-day, even hour-to-hour as on a recent trip to Ecuador. One day, I went from wearing a tank to a puffer!
The Ecuador itinerary (from Gate 1 Travel) included stops at the places listed below. These places don’t seem that far apart. However, these regions all have very distinct weather patterns.
Hands Down, The Best Travel Pants
The 24/7s went through mild, hot, cold, hot AND humid, breezy, rainy, cloudy, and sunshine-filled weather. And they were worn for a week straight including flights, without being washed.
The 24/7s never lost their shape, never bagged out, and never felt gross.
Here’s the thing: They were as functional as a pair of Patagonia pants worn by another traveler on the trip. But looked way sleeker. When it was raining, her pants were actually less resistant. #WINNING.
Ecuador Activities: Sightseeing & Hikes
To get more insight, below is a list of actual activities I put the clothes through. The 24/7s (and our other items like the cardi and tank) remained comfortable, didn't look out of place, and protected me against the elements in some situations (rain).
- Walk the colonial section of Quito
- Visit the Middle of the World Monument
- Meet a local Quechua family in Punta Ahuano (Amazon)
- Valley of Patate - walk around and take in the view
- View the beautiful waterfall in peguche
- Hike near the Termas de Papallacta
- Hike in the Misicocha Private nature reserve (Amazon)
- Hike around the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or “The Devil’s Cauldron.” One of Ecudor’s most beautiful waterfalls
Ecuador Travel Tips
- Don’t spend that much time in Quito – it’s not worth it.
- Don’t’ spend much time at the Otavalo market – stores and the market in Quito have more stuff and it is higher quality (quality not quantity people!)
- Hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve. Spend more time here if you can.
- Eat the trout and/or other fish whenever it’s offered. This goes for ceviche too.
- Hike in Papallacta – pretty stunning, with views of a volcano, interesting plants, and a stream.
- Visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo or "The Devil's Cauldron", one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls
- Places you must stay (if in the area): Hacienda Manteles in Banos, and Termas de Papallacta