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

Quito is a quixotic mixture of Spanish colonial grandeur and third world pollution and poverty. The climate also, swings between sunny intervals and torrential downpours, varied and never dull! It has taken us two days to adjust to the thin air, longer than we hoped. Quito is 2,800 metres (9,350 feet) above sea level. We might have skied from this height before (not sure, maybe not) but certainly we have never lived and slept at such altitude. It has also taken us a while to adjust to the strong smell of cheap petrol fumes, which are so strong, one can taste them. John Sawyer, if you read this, remember the fumes in Moscow? It isn’t quite so bad here, but close! A great pity, because it is a beautiful city in a stunning location, high in ... read more
Outside view of the hostel
Inside, however, a different story!
The National Basilica of Ecuador

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center November 14th 2014

We will be leaving for Ecuador early November 24, flying through Miami. We have a long layover, so maybe we can see some sights near the airport. We arrive in Quito late in the evening, so we'll go directly to our hotel. We plan to take a long circle trip by bus through the mountains and sea shore. We will spend the first two days in Quito at 9000 feet and spend most of the time in the mountains but part of the time will be at sea level on the Pacific Ocean. If we have time we will go north of Quito to watch birds and butterflies.... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos November 13th 2014

Saturday 18th October Today we flew into Baltra airport on Santa Cruz island, Galápagos. We Had to pay $10 to the customs desk, get our bags checked and pick up forms before going to the check in counter. On arrival to the Galapagos, we had to pay $100 each at the counter before exiting the terminal. We had to catch a bus then a ferry then another bus to finally make it to Puerto Ayora. This came to $3 each for just over an hour of travel. We met a cool girl Katia from Belgium on the bus and she can speak fluent Spanish which was super handy. She booked at the cheapest accommodation online called 'best homestay' for $20 USD and it was awful. We hadn't booked but went to Los Amigos which is on ... read more

South America » Ecuador November 13th 2014

Tuesday 28th September We used the free bikes and went to the museum. Had lunch for $2.25 which was an epic soup and then meat with rice and veges and juice.The museum was so so random. There were real shrunken human heads in display units. The indigenous people used to kill their enemies, remove the skull, boil the head and then reshape it to be a miniature head and wear it around their neck. Gross. Wednesday 29th We went on a tour with the hostal to the market which was so incredible. So much produce of every kind. So many exotic fruits with amazing colours. We stocked up on fruit and all sorts of odds and ends for our hike and caught the bus to the Cajas national park for $1.50. Such a beautiful place 3950m ... read more

South America » Ecuador November 11th 2014

Arrived in Quito from the border crossing with Colombia pretty tired (been travelling from Cali for about 24 hours) and took a taxi to my hotel. Quito is really nice, took a walk around the city and really liked it. Full of history and colonial charm I spent hours walking around the city centre. You can visit inside the Presidential palace (when el Presidente isn't there), you just need your passport and they will give you a guided tour for free (it's part of the Presidents "the country belongs to the people" thing). Did a day trip to the equator (in case you didn't know Ecuador is equator in Spanish) which was really interesting (although the actual equator is about 200m away). Plaza Foch is the place to go to in Quito at night, it's where ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Galápagos » Santa Cruz Island November 9th 2014

1000 kms off the Ecuador Coast lie several small islands. Together they are known as the Galapagos Islands and this is where I´ve been the past two weeks. Typically when one thinks the Galapagos Islands they think nature, rich pensionsers and well off honeymooners and as 90% of my flight from Guayquil consisted of the last two groups, this only served to reinforce my expectations! However Galapagos really took me by suprise, the nature and scenery was spectacular but all the other stuff I did not expect ! ARRIVAL Travelling solo and having done little to no research of the islands meant I had little to go on when I arrived Sunday evening the 26th of October. One thing that stood out though was the prices - between double and triple for supermarket, pharmacy good etc. ... read more
Land Iguana having a bite to eat
Avi and Dan
A little friend I made

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito November 1st 2014

Am Samstag (12.Oktober) ca zu Mittag bin ich dann nach meinem 3-stündigen Zwischenstopp in Panamá , nach insgesamt 9 Flugstunden und einer großteils schlaflosen Reise in Quito angekommen. Dort hat zum Glück alles gut funktioniert, musste auf mein Gepäck nicht warten, und mein Abholservice war auch schon dort und hat auf mich gewartet. Während der ca. 40 minütigen Fahrt zu meiner Unterkunft hab ich bereits gemerkt, dass die Sonne hier deutlich stärker ist, da ich einen Sonnenbrand auf meinem Arm hatte, als ich angekommen bin. Das Wetter hier ist eher nicht so meines-am Vormittag ist es meist schön und sehr heiß, und ab Mittag wird es bewölkt und Nachmittags gewittert es dann. Auch wenn es für die Leute hier vormittags sehr kalt ist, ist es für unsere europäischen Verhältnisse bereits mehr als heiß und man schwitzt ... read more

South America » Ecuador » West » Santa Elena November 1st 2014

Zum Busterminal haben wir ca eine Stunde gebraucht und sind genau rechtzeitig angekommen. Die Busfahrt ging um 9 Uhr abends los und um ca 7:25 Uhr in der Früh bin ich dann in Santa Elena angekommen, habe leider nicht viel geschlafen, konnte aber den restlichen Tag entspannen. Zuerst musste ich aber beim Terminal eine halbe Stunde warten,weil Patricia gemeint hat, dass der Bus erst um 8 ankommt und ich somit erst um die Uhrzeit abgeholt wurde. Die Familie in der ich hier lebe besteht aus der Mutter Elizabeth, dem Vater Christian, ihrem 8 Monate alten Baby Domenica und Christians Eltern. Beide sind sehr jung, Elizabeth ist 25 und Christian 29. Alles ist sehr einfach, das Dach ist ein Wellblechdach, die Lampen sind nur herumhängende Glühbirnen usw. Außerdem gibt es nur kaltes Wasser, also fallen die Duschen ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 24th 2014

Before I can even begin to tell you about the current journey I'm on I feel it necessary to give you some background into how I got where I am now. In the summer of 2009 my father was offered early retirement (he worked for the U.S. Postal service). This required a pay cut and we could no longer afford to live in the U.S. I was 17 at the time, and my parents told me we were moving to either Ecuador or Uruguay. Well, the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, had recently made it easier for retirees to get a visa to live in Ecuador and the cost of living was cheap, so Ecuador was the country my parents chose. (Let me take a brief intermission here to tell you that I was absolutely not ... read more

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 13th 2014

I awoke to the sound of rain hitting the large window overlooking the back of the wasn't as strong as it had been the night before, but it dampened my spirits a bit. Instead of heading out in search of something to eat, and risking getting seriously depressed by the weather here in Cuenca, I decided to fix my own breakfast. I had bought some ham, bologna and fresh rolls at a small store in the older section of town the night before, and someone had thoughtfully left two eggs in the refrigerator. I turned on my Texas Red Dirt Music feed from the internet, and tackled the job of preparing an American style breakfast, my first in Ecuador. Dano's apartment had a really nice propane stove, as well as everything needed to prepare a ... read more

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