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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center June 16th 2013

We have another snapshot video here, showing our trip from Lake Titicaca in Bolivia to Machu Picchu in Peru. As usual copy and paste this link or follow the embed below: Link - Embed - Following the Incas from Charles Green on Vimeo.... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center June 11th 2013

Starting my trip off in Quito a few days before I meet up with my group... Days 1 & 2 were great!! I didn't get to the hotel and in bed until 3am Sunday night... I will readily admit there were some moments of "concern" while taking a taxi at 1:30 am, but I made it safe and sound. I decided to try the new "Hop On- Op Off" touristic bus and was pleased with the day. Sitting up high certainly gets you some good views. On a bad note- at the end of my day I accidentally erased all of my pics so I'll have to back track a little later. Ugh! I spent most of my first day enjoying the "Centro Histórico" which is a UNESCO World Heritage sight. My hotel is right down ... read more
Standing in both hemispheres!
Plaza Grande 2
Typical street in historical Quito

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center December 5th 2012

On my last night in Quito, I walked around in the Historic District where the Festival of Quito celebrates the founding of Quito by Spanish settlers in 1534. The Centro Historic District is a UNESCO site with beautifully restored buildings. In the Festival there are music, dance, speeches, art exhibits, and performances. It is a great time to visit Quito.... read more
Street Performer

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 19th 2012

We have a saying in the UK, usually used when the powers that be suddenly step in and stop you doing something (or apply a load of rules and regulations to something) that you're capable of doing without mishap, because someone lacking in common sense may or may not injure themselves whilst carrying out said task...... 'Health and safety gone mad' After a day of wandering the city my first impression of Quito, and I’m guessing this may apply to much more of South America, is that if it was possible this city is the exact opposite of that saying, but as I can’t think of what the exact opposite to the silly saying would be I’ll settle with ‘Wozers, I can’t believe we were allowed to do that’ and also ‘Sorry Mum, I promise that ... read more
Going Up
Looking Across

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center September 12th 2012

Starting off our experience in this city had been more of a gringo experience than we had ever wanted. Yes, we did have our first Ecuadorian beers – Pilsener and Club. But as far as getting a native or cultural experience was concerned – that was the extent of it. No hard core diving into the “Anthony Bourdain” style of eating street foods, no listening to local musicians, dancing on tables and having pure fun in the true Ecuadorian spirit. What we did do, was got settled in our little hotel nestled in the center of the La Mariscal District, affectionately known as Gringolandia, a highly Americanized section of this culturally diverse city. We are surrounding by nightclubs, discoteques and trendy restaurants. Feels a bit like South Beach. We enjoyed a tasty Mexican dinner and passed ... read more
Steve and His Beers
Top of the World
La Basilica

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center August 4th 2012

hey all, so before i get into what is probably our last blog, this one about being in the amazon jungle, a couple of bus details that i left out last time - which we think are kinda funny (though only after the fact!). on some busses, a fellow will come by and film each person onboard incase there is an accident and they need to match the face to whatever is left. yikes! in our last blog, i mentioned that the busses stop OFTEN. well on our trip to quilatoa, we had many chickens tied to the roof and each time an indigenous person would barrel down the aisle to get off (typically hitting everyone along the way in the head), they would then have their chickens taken down. the bus would start again, and ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center July 29th 2012

since our last post... left cuenca for the long bus ride to riabamba. as dorota was still feeling under the weather, we did not ride the rooftop train down the "devil´s nose". we did however have the worst pizza we could find :) riabamba seemed to be completely under construction and covered in dust, so we high-tailed it out of there, taking another bus ride to banos. a few words about bus rides: long, loud chaotic music, dirty diapers, sick passengers, many indigenous people, with their awesome outfits, consisting of shawls, long skirts, high heels and fedora´s. strange, but wicked. so...banos... great little town, surrounded by mountains. a bit overfull of tourist-related tour companies and bike rentals, but nice nonetheless. we rented some mountain bikes and rode down the mountain, stopping at the many waterfalls, riding ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center July 15th 2012

First day on the trip after a long, long flight from Australia (32 hours!). Catherine and I slept off the jet lag, meeting Bill and Wendell before breakfast. We have a pleasant hotel well situated near the touristic centre of the town. After our first cup of Ecuadorian coffee we headed off on foot to see several spectacular cathedrals, and a museum of pre-columbian art. Really quite freaky, with one memorable piece consisting of a plate supported by two legs. Here’s the thing though, the plate resembled a pig squashed flat and the legs were like the legs of a centurion. The weirder end of Art deco, but dating back to well BC. Lunch was in a very pleasant courtyard restaurant where we sampled ceviche for the first time. Brilliant. In the evening we sauntered down ... read more
Quito basilica
Not a tourist
Saturday night

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center June 6th 2012

Historical Quito part I... read more
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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center June 6th 2012

Historical Quito part II... read more
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