Welcome to Ecuador
Crossing the border
Ecuador - 5 Weeks
I spent about 5 weeks in Ecuador stopping at Guayaquil which was a dump, then Monteverde for a week in a hammock in this nice beach town.
From Monteverde I went to Quito, which has some nice areas to visit. I spent several weeks in Quito as I lost my passport and had to wait for another one, during my stay here I saw some students protesting and I got too close and experienced tear gas although quite diluted.
I travelled, via Ambato, to Banos another cute little town situated at the foot of the active volcano, Tungurahua, I climbed the volcano on foot but didn't make it to the top as the ash was quite intense, there were farmers brushing ash from the grass so the cattle could eat and one day it rained ash in the town. I also climbed up another mountain, although in a jeep this time as part of a tour, to watch the lava flow and listen to the rumbles from the Volcano. From Banos I did some white-water rafting and I also hired a bicycle and cycled 70km into the jungle at Puyo.
The view I had for a week from my hammock
I visited Cuenca, which was a nice colonial city which I used as a base to take the El Nariz del Diablo (The Devil's Nose) train ride, an historic journey which connected Guayquil and Quito having to oscilate up and down a little mountain called the The Devil's Nose. The scenery was great and it was an interesting experience sat on top of the train with many other tourists all hoping the train would stay on the track.
From Cuenca I travelled back to Quito via Tena, in the jungle and from Quito I flew to Florida, USA for a month during the Christmas and New year period, to stay with my Dad.
The funniest thing about Ecuador was that having a fat gut was something to be proud of, showing their wealth.
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