ECUADOR-Quito & Week 1 Rainforest, 6th-16th Jan March 16th 2009 Arriving in South America was an instant wake up to all our senses as we were immersed in a different culture once again.
For the first few days we found our feet and our breath in Quito which stands at a dizzy 2850m above sea level. We explored the colonial old town and started to tune in our ears to the local lingo, Sima was putting her GCSE Spanish gained from evening classes to good use.
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South America » Ecuador » East » El Coca 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