“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Many things impressed us about Ecuador, but the exercise initiative was probably the most inspiring. Ecuador encourages fitness for fun…exercise without exhaustion…plenty of play…and cardiovascular conditioning.
Let’s get physical in Ecuador!
Ron’s professional career revolved around physical fitness and swimming. Our travels throughout the world, always took us to a swimming pool, where Ron could inspect their facilities and talk with a swim coach. It’s one of his favorite hobbies. Quito, Ecuador was no exception. We visited the public pool and, of course, Ron had to find the director of the facility to discuss their swimming programs.
Here comes the Ecuador Red Cross on their bicycles! Every Sunday, Quito closes 30 kilometers of their streets and hundreds of cyclists pedal through parks, roads, and the city streets.
The variety of bicycles is incredible! For a minimal fee, one can rent bicycles from the many city vendors stationed along the bicycle trails.
This little boy is taking his first ride without his training wheels.
Men gather in the parks to play Bocce ball, called Bochas in Ecuador.
Children climb, slide, crawl, balance, and play through an overcast Sunday morning in the park.
A playground for adults! Exercise machines are located in all the parks in Quito.
Ron tries the step machine…huffing and puffing in the high altitude and lower oxygenated air.
La Carolina park has paddle boats for rent. We watched the kids play bumper boats with the paddle boats.
Paddle boarding on the coast! What a great way to get physical in the ocean.
Want to go water skiing? Bahia Caraquez is the place.
Every morning on our daily walks, we saw people taking their dogs for walks and runs along the beach. It is so unlike Nicaragua, where the dogs only experience a chained life, or they roam freely looking for food. Leashes…dog sweaters…pooper scoopers…Ecuadorians love their dogs!
Zumba on the beach! Combining Latin music with a fun and effective workout system, it is perfectly suited for Ecuador!
After a morning of physical activity, it’s time to head to the hot springs. Baños, Ecuador entices everyone with the hot, thermal baths adorned by refreshing waterfalls.
Are you ready to get physical? If so, Ecuador is the place to go!