Hostal Isla Isabela
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Quito, Quito, Quito, it's not that it was a bad place or that it lacked things to see, do, and experience but we had just spent a majority of are time in the big city of Bogota and we loved it and now we were in another big city looking at it through our Bogota jaded eyes. Now with that said please don't judge Quito too harshly.
After a great night at a boarder town (anyone up for a Tijuana trip when we're back?) we set our sights on Ecuador. For ...
... knackered. So we ate maccy D's like disgraceful tourists.
It was located directly outside the hotel and due to the steady rain it just seem like a easy option.
Ready for bed now it's not a great feeling when you have been awake for 21 hours.
... were getting traded. Overwhelmed by the many indigenous people and the amount of animal babies we got back on the bus and eventually got to Quilotoa. After walking through an indigenous handicrafts market where some of our group members stocked up on hats, scarfs and gloves we also went to see the house of an indigenous local family. They were a family of 10 sleeping on the floor of their house with what looked liked 200 guinea pigs. Then ...
... of fascinating exhibits in the museum, which was split into an archaeology room, a Gold Room and upstairs some religious art mostly painted by painters from the Quito School in the Spanish colonial period. My favourite items were the beautiful gold sun mask that is deservedly the flagship exhibit in the Gold Room; a ceremonial copper knife; a silver funeral mask; a mummy of a young girl found in a cave in Canar Province; obsidian arrowheads; bird-shaped ocarinas; a ...
... Feeling more refreshed, we devoured breakfast at the hostel and then joined Ovi's walking tour (this was now my second time on the tour, and was time for me to become his unofficial photographer). After the tour we ate a $2 almuerzo (lunch menu - soup and a pork min) with the tour.
In the afternoon, Meredith and I went with Ovi to La Mariscal in the new town to run some errands and to enjoy a coffee in the main square there. And in the evening we chilled out in ...