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Robin Slater
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Cotopaxi, Ecuador.
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It was one heck of a climb!  Kidding, this was taken back in July, 2007 during a brief flyover in a 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900D.
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Typical Andean style paintings found in the Otavalo market.   #Ecuador   #art  
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Colours and textures characterize the Otavalo market in Ecuador ... but generically reflect the rich diversity (cultural, natural, historic, gastronomic and architectonic) that Ecuador has to offer.   #Ecuador   #travel  
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It's not always obvious, nor instant nor foolproof ... but at least it makes one feel better!  Happy Easter +Richard Martin 
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Expectations can be the mother of disappointment but can also be the seed of happiness.  The key is to have realistic expectations. 
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From the misnomer 'Panama hat' (which are really of Ecuadorian origin from Montecristi) to bags, tapestry, carvings, jewellry and the list goes on.  All found within the numerous stands at the Otavalo indigenous artisan market. #Ecuador   #travel  
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Ornaments (from wood carvings to ceramics) are the theme for this Otavalo market segment.   #Ecuador   #travel  
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Beads are the theme of this Otavalo market segment. #Ecuador   #travel  
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Psychology & Social Work by education adapted into a Travel Consultant for Ecuador, Galapagos Islands & Peru by passion.
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Adventurous social worker by trade evolved to Ecuador & Galapagos travel consultant by passion & experience.
Fortunate husband to 1, grateful father of 2 & loyal friend to 3 (well, maybe more). 

Current location: Quito, Ecuador
Nationality: British/Ecuadorian
Languages: English (mother tongue), Spanish (fluent), French (limited)

Robin Slater (that's me) is a social worker by trade that naturally evolved into a Galapagos Islands & Ecuador Travel Consultant by passion & experience.

Clear mind + clear goals + clear actions = Clear Achievements

Co-owner of Sangay Touring

If you have reached this far, you deserve a few quotes and phrases that may give you insight about me ...


"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”
Isaac Newton

“Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
Scott Adams.

"A mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever."

"My life is like a stroll upon the beach, As near the ocean's edge as I can go."
Henry David Thoreau

"No man is a failure who is enjoying life."
William Faulkner

“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.”
(Chinese Proverb)

"There are times when silence has the loudest voice."
Leroy Brownlow

  • Travel (insights, experiences & tips);
  • Personal growth & parenting;
  • Topics related to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands & Peru;
  • Photography (images, tips etc);
  • Environment (environmental protection mainly);
  • Alternative energy (solar etc);
  • Coffee & Chocolate;
  • Inspiration & Motivation related;
Note: Not necessarily limited to above summary.


Basically you can say that I am an adventurous British-Ecuadorian and quasi-Canadian social worker by trade who evolved into an Ecuador & Galapagos travel consultant by passion & experience.

Born in Quito, Ecuador to British parents I spent my first six years in Tumbaco (near Quito) while attending the Alliance Academy in Quito. My parents would frequently take us down to Canoa & Atacames (back then they were untouched, undeveloped Pacific coastal paradisaical beaches), up mountains (like Cotopaxi) and generally enjoy the experience of Ecuador's spectacular natural settings.

My father's next posting was in Belize, so we sadly parted farewell to a country that we all came to cherish and adore. From the Andean sierra we adapted to the wilds of Belize while calling Big Falls Ranch (located inland towards Belmopan) our new home. I fondly remember Howler Monkeys making their usual noise across from our house (which was literally located in the middle of the rain forest). The property was complete with giant toads along with green iguanas- a dragon-like vegetarian lizard that can grow to 6ft in length and is often spotted in trees along riverbanks.

From 8 years of age I would fly back and forth across the 'pond' to attend a British private school,Old Buckingham Hall Preparatory School, near Ipswich, Suffolk . Here discipline, team work and respect were ingrained.

By thirteen, my parents moved to the U.S.A. and where I subsequently attended McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona. It was during this period that I got involved in Triathlons (like Firebird Lake, Yuma & Ironman), 10K competitions (Tuscon, Scottsdale to name a few) and skiing at Sunrise in the White Mountains, Flagstaff and some occasional trips to Telluride & Purgatory in Colorado.

Finishing up high school occurred in St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada) at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School while living in Niagara-on-the-Lake. During my time in Niagara area, I became involved in the hospitality business, starting as dish washer, and moving up to waiter and chef in mainly Italian restaurants (Pardon My Garden, Alfredo's, Gate House Hotel Restaurant). It was also during these years that I developed a passion and interest in wine & sailing Albacores on Lake Ontario.

My time in Canada finished by attending the University of Ottawa for an Honours B.A. in Psychology and a B.S.W. from McGill University in Montreal. My focus turned to more social applications of my studies working for the such entities as the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa - assisting the adult population with mental & substance abuse and challenges - and several youth in crisis support groups in Montreal.

From early childhood I learned to appreciate and explore the diversity of the globe, from rustic and rudimentary camping on South American beaches and Central America's keys and rain forest to the Spanish Costa del Sol and Canadian Rockies.

My passion for photography developed from my first camera, a Kodak Brownie handed down to me by my father, along with curious and avid reading about Ansel Adams.

Today I have merged several childhood experiences (travel, exploration, photography) and University training (Psychology & Social Work) by naturally slipping into the Travel & Tourism field.

As a proud father to two young explorers (Christopher & Angelina)- who have also developed many of my interests and passions - I am out on the road continuously exploring the small, but surprisingly diverse countryside of Ecuador.

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Quito, Ecuador
Belize City, Belize - Yuma, Arizona - Tempe, Arizona - Welton, Arizona - Ottawa, Ontario - Niagara Falls, Ontario - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario - Montreal, Ontario - Stansfield, Suffolk - Edinburgh, Scotland - Keswick, England - Casares, Spain - St. Catharines, Ontario
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