Blogs from Quito, North, Ecuador, South America - page 7


South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Papallacta May 18th 2013

Än riise Knuddel hät sich dazumal, am 18. Mai am Abig in Quito, Ortsziit 18.54 ereignet, wo äntli es urbekannts Gsicht mitme grooosse Smile is Bluehouse Hostal in Quito inezwatschle cho isch, ereignet. Siehe da, Conny my bäscht friend vo de Schwiiz chund mi fü di negste drüü Wuche go begleite!! In Quito händ dConny und ich ois zersch mal 3 Täg Ziit gno, zum vode letschte 4 Mönet zbrichte! Näbedbi hämer en huufe Café trunke und en Plan gmacht, wasmer die folgende 3 Wuche wänd gseh vo Ecuador. Ächli id Berge go wandere, Laguune go besichtige, es paar gmüetlichi Städtrundgäng mache, die wunderschöne Galápagos Insle go bsueche, und zum Schluss dKüste go unsicher mache. Topmotiviert simmer am nägste Tag loos und es paar vom Hostel sind sponti gad au mitcho. Oise ersti Stopp isch Latacunga, ... read more
One second nice weather =)
Cotopaxi uf 4 800müM
Im Cotopaxi Gletscher uf 5 100müM

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito May 10th 2013

We took a taxi at 6amto the small local airport of flores, we were flying with TACA airlines and I was pleasantly surprised with our average sized plane. We had a smooth one hour flight and were even given juice and a small breakfast. during our flight to Guatemala city we could see large volcanos peeking through the clouds, billowing black smoke. It was amazing to see! Once in Guatemala we had an 8 hour lay over ahead of us. We slept, ate and shopped at the little souvenir shops. It was a very long day and we were glad to board our flight to San Salvador. After another hour lay over we were finally on our last plane to quito. Again with TACA we had quite a new plane and were served dinner and drinks. ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito February 11th 2013

Hola! I spent a few days in Quito getting acclimated, collecting some materials for classes, meeting the local Walsh Ecuador team, and learning more about Ecuadorian watershed/water systems/ecology with local Permaculturista Jean Brown, some history/art/music. Highlights include: * Beautiful city, very walkable (getting in shape for Malingua) * Fascinating architecture, layer upon layer upon Inca upon predecessors * Art, culture, and music everywhere (more later) Also making good progress on *Biology of Soil* which is on my Sabbatical bucket list. Thanks for reading, ...geoff... read more
1 Hotel San Francisco de Quito (SFQ) front door on Calle Sucre
2 Hotel SFQ up toward my room on left
3 Hotel SFQ over patio

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito February 11th 2013

Part of my aclimatization in Quito was to visit some museums (musea -- someone help me with my Latin?), so quick blog here with photos of Casa Del Alabado, Museo de La Ciudad, y Museo Camillo Egas, all easy walking in Centro Historical. Also all churches have some sort of history/museum as well, getting good sense of history and "paleo-hydrology." Marvelous! Note photos are OK in museums here without flash.... read more
Archeo 1
Archeo 2
archeo  2 arching

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito February 8th 2013

Finally on my way after final night balancing Superbowl and needed to jettison much gear to meet size/weight requirments. K8 and Samm dropped me off at airport, thank you family, then uneventful flights until attempting to land in Quito X2. Heavy rain + other planes with less fuel than us, so we continued on to Guayaquil to fuel and wait for weather. Back to Quito and into hotel late but safe and sound. Settling into Hotel San Francisco de Quito, built in 1702, beautiful, comfortable, and now getting acclimated. More on Quito after i get this blog going.... read more
2 GSE sendoff
3 GSE on plane


South America » Ecuador » North » Quito February 6th 2013

Hola my Cherubs. Finally arrived in Quito capital of Ecuador after a long old journey going up north to Bogota in Columbia and then down south again to Quito, a total journey time of 7 .5 hours, Direct flights to decrease the carbon footprint do not seem to be on the agenda! Anyway was totally exhausted after the previous days delays and fell asleep in my room and missed the group briefing – so that was a good start! We are 12 people all from the UK and very different , there are electrical engineers, a barrister, civil servants, a voluntary organisational manager and more, most retired, only 3 of us still working- quite an interesting bunch. Ecuador is the smallest of the South American countries but very compact , the guide books say you can ... read more
Old Quito

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito January 26th 2013

Only three weeks in my four-month journey and already full of stories and on my way to feeling at home in this incredible country. I am staying in a small apartment in the north side of Quito with a wonderful woman named Mercedes. Mercedes is a widow, with three grown children and small dog name Chiquito. From the moment I got off the plane I have been nothing but spoiled with hugs, meals, patience and acceptance. Mercedes lives in a small apartment decorated with random figurines and a few remaining Christmas decorations. Her mother lives in the apartment in front and her sister next door, all sharing the courtyard used to hang drying clothes. Mercedes speaks no English; so right from the beginning I was thrown into a total immersion situation. But I could not have ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Papallacta January 17th 2013

A new year, a new country. We spent the best part of a day travelling into southern Ecuador from Piura. The ride was particularly scenic, with the landscape crumpled up like the front end of a Renault Laguna after a ram raid, there were plenty of valleys to navigate. It's all very green, some greens look a little surreal, like, they'd been added by a special effects team at a Hollywood studio. The whole place reminded me of Wales or Lake District, except on steroids and scaled up to gargantuan proportions. And there was't anyone called Dai with an abundance of sheep following him. And with sunshine and 25C heat. The border crossing was no problem which I'd not expected, and we got chatting to an Argentine priest who pointed us in the right direction at ... read more
Donkey Effigy

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 25th 2012

We arrived after too many hours of travel in Quito at about 1am but fortunately we had an airport pickup from our hostel which was wonderful. We decided to stay in La Floresta which is just outside The Mariscal District. It's a safer area of town and the hostel was very nice. We spent a full day wandering the streets of the Old Town with beautiful plazas, street performers, and old churches. Yesterday, we did some shopping at a market an hour and a half outside of Quito in a town named Otavalo. The market was huge and there were vendors selling all types of Ecuadorian goods and food. The market not only took up the entire village square but branched out into the surrounding streets. These people are tough negotiators - everyone there negotiates prices. ... read more
Paddle Boating in Quito
Cathedral in Old Town Quito

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 24th 2012

Arrived in Quito and to our hotel The Hilton at midnight, beautiful room 17th floor. Nice place to spend our 26th wedding Anniversary. We have a beautiful view of the city.... read more

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