Two little Pigs went to Market September 11th 2007
The trip to Otavalo, two hours north of Quito, was our first experience with public buses and while the price was right (USD2), it was a little short on the comfort side. We sat up the back and shared this seat with an ever-smiling Ecuadorian family. Many vendors got on and off at the all too frequent stops, but the main act was a young guy trying to flog cheap jewellery, whose sales spiel was n ... read more
South America » Ecuador » North » Otavalo The "Republic of the Equator" was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Colombia and Venezuela). Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A b... ... read more
Joan and Neil have posted blogs below on the following trips:
1. South America for 3 months, from Sept07 through to Nov07, visiting each of Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands), Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
2. Far north Thailand in Mar08 where Neil teaches English at a Summer School for the SPF charity he is involved with. This also included a side trip for the weekend to Luang Prabang in Laos.
3. Russia (cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg), then visit to each of Croatia, Budapest & Vienna for a total of 4 weeks, starting in mid Sept08.
4. Neil did a similar SPF te... full info