Blogs from Quito, North, Ecuador, South America - page 2


South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 11th 2014

Woke up feeling more acclimated to the altitude. I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed back out on foot. I walked to a famous park, ''Parque Edijo'' and sat down on a bench and people watched for about 45 minutes (did a little reading too). Eventually I walked out of the park and a double decker tour bus pulled up. On a whim I decided, ''why not''. I jumped on the bus and by the second stop I had made 5 new friends. 2 Argentine ladies (approx 50 years of age), 2 Venezualans (mid 30s), and a Cuban girl (around my age). None of them spoke a lick of English. The Tour was pretty awesome as it took us to many vantage points I otherwise would have never been too. We went through ''Old ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 10th 2014

I woke up thursday feeling a little better. The altitutde was still rough as I felt short of breath all night while sleeping. But I was not going to let that slow me down. So I took a quick shower, through my backpack on my back, and headed out to the City. Not knowing really where to go I just started walking. I spent the day in New Town mostly which is the more modern part of the City. I check out 3 or 4 parks within the City. I never would have thought that another City could rival the parks in Portland. They are layed out much different but very pretty and quite tranquil during the week. Eventually I got hungry and stopped at some hole in the wall place that was packed. Payed $3.50 ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 10th 2014

Made it through Mexican costums which took forever and found my flight. Although, the airport there was hard to navigate. I slept through my whole flight to Quito and woke up as we started our decent to the airport as the sun was rising. Ecuadorian costums was a breeze took all but 3-5 minutes. I found the taxi counter and ordered a taxi for $25 as it was 45 min - 1 hour ride into the City with traffic. The ride was very nice. And wow, was the country side beautiful. Montains, hills, trees I have never seen before, fir trees, and much more. I did my best to conversate with my driver ¨Carlos¨ who was born in raised in Quito. He was a very nice guy. Once I arrived at my hotel I got situated ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center December 10th 2014

Quito - Day 17 This was our last morning in Banos. We really enjoyed our visit here. The first morning at the hostel we didn't realize that breakfast was included, so we made our own. The next two mornings we were treated to rolls, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola and coffee. The staff here was very friendly and accommodating. We expected to call a taxi this morning, but the hostel manager drove us to the bus station. Today we headed back to Quito. We got to the bus station earlier than we expected, so got the 9:00am bus. The 3.5 hour ride was very reasonable ($3.50 per person), as is all transportation here. We had reservations far north in Quito, so we would be fairly near the Ofelia bus station. Tomorrow we go to Mindo, and this ... read more
Feathered friends

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito December 8th 2014

Surprisingly I have had little anxiety during the past couple of days and especially today (the day I flew out). Don´t get me wrong as I was nervous but no where near what I thought I would be. Currently I have been trying my best to stay confident in my abilities to survive, be safe, and have an open heart to the cultural experience I am about to Embark on. Establishing an open heart and being able to see things from the perspectives of other cultures will be key to my travels. It is kind of funny, I just arrived in Las vegas (I can check that off my list as I have never been there before) which is my first layover and I decided to sit next to 2 couples of Latin American decent. As ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center December 1st 2014

We landed in Quito on a Friday night, into the midst of a crazy fiesta rampaging in the square outside our guesthouse - multitudes of people, fireworks, police in numbers, helmets and riot gear, music, dancing and lots of noisy action...... In the San Fransisco square at 9pm it felt very edgy, especially when our host had suggested we not venture too far...... in Quito's old quarter, or Centro Historico as the locals call it... the fiesta, we found out, is just a warm up for an annual festival which dominates early December, leading to foundation day on the 6th; it's a time of bullfights, flamenco dancing, outdoor concerts and non stop bus-top revelling....... Ecuador's capital is a remarkable city in an extraordinary setting. Declared one of the first UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in 1978, ... read more
Quito Cathedral
Quito's TelefereQo
After a big night out in Quito

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center November 26th 2014

Quito - 11/26/2014 - Day 3 We both got a little sunburned yesterday. The sun is high and the air thinner, so more susceptible. Ate breakfast at the hotel, then headed out. Fresh tomato juice and papaya today. For the coffee, they give you a full cup of hot milk/cream. You then add instant coffee, cocoa, and sugar to taste. Today we decided to take the tram up the mountain (Volcan Pichincha). Our plan was to take a shuttle to the base, but because of limited Spanish we ended up on a city bus. But that's part of the adventure. Cheap ride at $.25 each. It wasn't a direct route, we drove through much of Quito before we got there. There are many buses and they are very crowded. Sometimes you see people hanging on the ... read more
View from the tram
Quito Cathedral by night

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center November 25th 2014

Quito - 11/25/2014 - Day 2 After breakfast, we decided to take in the sites of Quito. It was a drizzly morning, so we grabbed our raincoats and took off for a walking adventure. The city is very hilly, lots of pigeons and dogs! Looking up the hill you can see a large angel statue, looking down you see the tops of red tiled roofs. Many shoe shine stalls, vendors selling their wares under umbrellas, lots of traffic and honking horns. The public transportation here consists of many cabs, buses, and streetcars. We found the businessmen here to be very well dressed, in suits and ties. Passed the Palacio del Gobierno (Governor's Palace). A group of cute little school children in uniforms was taking a a tour. The children here are adorable, dark hair and dark ... read more
View from clock tower
Path to clock tower
Kiddie exercise

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center November 24th 2014

Quito - 11/24/2014 - Day 1 A long travel day today. Departure time was 6:45am, but we left a half hour or so late because of plane de-icing. Had a four hour layover in Miami. Just hung out at the airport. Decided to take a bus to check out South Beach on the return trip, when we have more time. Checked out a couple of small art exhibits in the terminal, underwater photography and digital art. Plane to Quito left from Concourse H. A little problem finding it, based on a couple of conflicting walking directions within the terminal, and a suggestion to actually go outside the terminal and take a shuttle. Arrived in Quito on time, about 8:30pm. The Quito airport is very modern and efficient. Found a taxi to take us to Quito old ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center November 20th 2014

We opted to skip the 30+ hour bus ride from Bogota to Quito and splurge on the flight, arriving in the bustling city after dusk. Feeling a little apprehensive after hearing some horror stories in this city, we locked the doors of the taxi as we approached the old town where we’d be staying. Checking into Community Hostel, we immediately realised it would live up to its name – lovely staff, friendly travellers, comfortable living areas and communal meals. A free walking tour is always a good option to orientate you in a new city so that’s exactly what we did. Despite some rain and a few places being closed, we were still introduced to Quito’s basilica (including a terrifying climb to the top that would not pass a single OHS guideline in Australia), main plazas, ... read more
Altar of San Francisco church containing 5 tonnes of gold!
Meeting locals while clubbing in Quito - as usual their English was much better than our Spanish!

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