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65 days of travelling through South America ended here, in Ecuador. We had a lazy morning in Otavalo before heading back to Quito in the afternoon. We arrived in time for the Andean rain. Quito is the highest capital city in the world at 2800, sitting in the norther part of the Andes. Consequently we arrived smack bang in the middle of the ...
Well getting into Quito was an adventure. We chose not to take a taxi because it was quite expensive and so was the luxury bus they offer. We opted for the airport transfer bus that takes you to the local transit station where we would catch another bus into the old town of Quito where we would be staying. Quito doesn't have a great reputation. In fact the guidebooks spend plenty of time warning tourists to avoid public transit and walking at night. Quito is specifically known ...
... which happened a few other times and is not uncommon when you cannot understand the conductor's slurred announcements. We arrived at the school, quickly checked in and got started on our 1-2-1 instruction with Myra (Jenn's maestra) and Lorrena (Paul's). There are Spanish schools aplenty in Quito, but we selected this one because they offered 1-2-1 instruction for the same price that other schools offered for group classes, which was good for us as ...
... on the equator. We walked around for a while taking photos before stopping for lunch at a small place overlooking the plaza. There was a dance competition going on at the time and there was a guy from Ecuador up against a guy from Venezuela and another from Colombia. It was quite funny to watch the guys humiliate themselves on stage and in the end the Venezuelan won, or though we are not sure what he won. Our next stop was the actual equator about 300m away ...
After a 30 hour journey, we arrive in Quito, Ecuador around 10:00pm. We fly into their new airport, which is an hour out of the main city. The city of Quito sits at 2,800m. To put that in perspective for all of you at home, that's 1,100m higher than Falls Creek's highest mountain. A combination of the effects of altitude and jet lag provide for a restless night of ...