Skip to Content

Dena Haines

Hi, I'm Dena Haines. And I'm co-founder of Storyteller Travel. I love to cover food, animals, and destinations around the world.

I also blog about photography at GudPixel.

Yuca Bread: A Delicious Treat in Cuenca Ecuador

One of the yummy treats we like to pick up when we are on the go is called yuca bread. We hadn’t heard of yuca bread until we moved to Cuenca and we were hooked from the first time we tried it. We usually stop into our favorite yogurt/yuca bread shop and get a dozen of the soft (and warm) little …

Read More about Yuca Bread: A Delicious Treat in Cuenca Ecuador

How’s the Fishing in Ecuador? Angling on the Equator (Species, Locations…)

This is a post by James Drummondo of FINTASTIC ADVENTURES de ECUADOR Fishing Excursions. Learn more about James in the author bio at the end of the post. How’s the Fishing in Ecuador? So, just what is fishing like in Ecuador? The country of Ecuador is divided into four geographical regions: The Andes Amazon (or Oriente) Coastal …

Read More about How’s the Fishing in Ecuador? Angling on the Equator (Species, Locations…)

Visit Chordeleg Ecuador: Silver Jewelry Artisans (Day Trip From Cuenca)

One of the little towns close to Cuenca that we really like to visit is called Chordeleg. It’s only about a half-hour away by bus. Chordeleg is also bursting at the seams with jewelry stores! Guide to Visiting Chordeleg Ecuador We took the bus and it dropped us off in Gualaceo first, from there we …

Read More about Visit Chordeleg Ecuador: Silver Jewelry Artisans (Day Trip From Cuenca)

Cuenca Health Concerns: Dry Air, Nose Bleeds, Gas, Dentists, Hospitals

Cuenca is a beautiful city high up in the Andes Mountains. The climate here is spring like cool-warm during the day and cold at night. From what we have experienced the health care system is good here: good doctors/specialists and clean modern hospitals. The health concerns that we (more specifically Bryan) have experienced are somewhat odd. But because knowing our little story may help others, I’m going to make a short-story, well … long.

Read More about Cuenca Health Concerns: Dry Air, Nose Bleeds, Gas, Dentists, Hospitals

Horses in Ecuador: Ownership, Wild Herds, Homemade Saddles

In this post, you’ll learn about horses in Ecuador. We cover wild horses from Southern Ecuador, horse care, and what you need to know about owning horses in Ecuador.  To begin, we have a section by Christina Ring, an expat living in Otavalo Ecuador with her family. Christina and her family were profiled a few …

Read More about Horses in Ecuador: Ownership, Wild Herds, Homemade Saddles

Electric Showers?! How Shocking! (Are They Really Suicide Showers?)

When I stepped in the shower for the first time in Ecuador I was shocked to see wires coming out of the shower head! I could not believe what I was seeing! My whole life I was taught that electricity and water make a deadly mix. I didn’t know if I should turn it on …

Read More about Electric Showers?! How Shocking! (Are They Really Suicide Showers?)

Behind the Scenes: House Hunters International in Cuenca Ecuador

This week we finished filming a House Hunters International episode in Cuenca. (Our episode aired February 15th, 2012.) This part was our house-hunting component which was shot Sunday through Tuesday. Our back-story (the why of our move) was shot while we were in Miami last month. The shoot is a reenactment of our actual move …

Read More about Behind the Scenes: House Hunters International in Cuenca Ecuador

Living Abroad: The Bad Days (How 7 Expat Families Cope)

When we were planning our move abroad we didn’t give much thought to bad days. We were focused on how amazing everything would be in Ecuador. And there has been a lot of amazing! Living Abroad: The Bad Days But we have had our share of bad days as well. Days when we have felt lonely …

Read More about Living Abroad: The Bad Days (How 7 Expat Families Cope)

My Life in Ecuador: Christina Ring Living in San Pablo del Lago, Otavalo

This is part of our Ecuador Expats Series. Ecuador Expat Profile: Christina Ring, San Pablo del Lago, Otavalo Ecuador The Expats: Christina Ring & Family What is your blog url? Website: 4volcanoes.com Facebook: 4Volcanoes Where are you currently living? We live in San Pablo del Lago, 15 minutes outside Otavalo. We have always lived around the …

Read More about My Life in Ecuador: Christina Ring Living in San Pablo del Lago, Otavalo

Handmade Ceramics in Cuenca Ecuador: Ceramic Art By Eduardo Vega

I love the work of Eduardo Vega.  He is a famous ceramic artist who lives and works in Cuenca. His shop is right next to his house in Turi, a tourist look-off location that overlooks the whole city of Cuenca.  It’s near the top of the hill, on the right-hand side going up. You can …

Read More about Handmade Ceramics in Cuenca Ecuador: Ceramic Art By Eduardo Vega