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Arrive in Ecuador- 3rd country

Quito, Quito, Quito


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Day 53- Thursday 25.4.13
Santiago/ Quito
Pick up at 4 am!!!
Arrive in reception and no pick up to be seen. The receptionist says another 5 mins and then calls a cab. Finally the transfer turns up about 25 mins late. Luckily we have left loads of time so are ok. We arrive at the airport and check in. A long day of waiting for flights and airports. We have a connection in Lima. Where, when we arrive they are doing fire alarm checks. Very odd. Anyway get our connection, no problem. Although it is only 12 o'clock it feels like 6 pm to us. Arrive in sunny Quito ahead of time. Have a pick up at the airport. What different scenery! Get to our hostel and meet Elena. And go straight to sleep! A long day of traveling. Wake up have a local fish dinner.

Day 54 Friday 26.4.13- Day 60 Thursday 2.5.13
Quito, Quito, Quito-
The last week has been a doing week! Day one we headed out for our sleeping bags. After a long day on the Main Street with not much success, we check the web for places; we stumble across a tiny shop with so much stuff in it and ask on the off chance if they sell sleeping bags. In broken Spanish we communicate- they have them, right thickness for Colombia which is not very as it is so hot and at a bargain $30 each. We were looking at prices double that in other shops. We feel quite proud of ourselves.
The next day we start looking at Galapagos and Jungle trips for June as our friends Nikki and Andy are coming out for 2 weeks. Amazing how much is shut on Saturday. Continue the search on Monday. After a few days going round the Mariscle it felt like we were in the Truman show or something. After lots of discussions later we narrow it to 2 options. Get it booked, looking forward to seeing Nikki and Andy and the trips we have planned.
Also done this week-
Lots of local meals out which varied in quality. A very strange experience at an Italian restaurant up the road from our hostel. Went in and it was like someone’s living room from the 1970’s at that point we should have left. Food was average but very expensive and not worth the price especially in Ecuador. We have had some great meals out too, discovered a lovely pizza place and another pizza place where all the waiters dress up as cowboys, very funny.
We had lunch for a dollar!
old town

old town


Spent an afternoon in old town where as soon as we arrived it started pouring down so go t in a cab back to the hostel.
The next day we went to old town in the morning and saw a lot. The cathedral which was very eire as we were the only people there. It cost $1.50 each so bargain. There is a picture of the last supper there that has a guinea pig as the meal. We also went to Monasterio de San Francisco where we asked for a guide to explain things to us, it was very informative and an amazing place, the oldest church in Quito. We also saw La Compania de Jusus a very ornate church with lots of gold leaf. Apparently it is classed as ‘the most beautiful church in the whole of the country’. After feeling a bit churched out we go for lunch in a local café. Very cheap.
We discover a hot chocolate shop that makes 55%, 70% and 100% chocolate hot chocolates. Amazing. We go back almost every day for our fix.
more old town

more old town


Monasterio de San Francisco

Monasterio de San Francisco

After a week in La Floresta area we check out for the start of our Colombia trip. Elena has been great, we have understood most things, but at times has been awkward as our Spanish is so poor. It really makes us want to learn more. It has been a great place to be based for a week and we have felt very safe and in a lovely homely environment, thanks to Elena.

Posted by Ford and Bates 15:50 Archived in Ecuador

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