Howard Johnson Hotel - Quito La Carolina
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... shinning when we woke so we decided to head out to the Mitad del Mundo, equator line. We caught a taxi to the bus station in the north of the city and from here a bus to the site. We entered the original site of the equator line and took some photos on the line and around the monument. We had previously been told that this was not the exact equator line and that it was an error in French judgment about a hundred years ago, mas o menos. When ...
... timing, because that was a pretty big hill and I needed a break anyway.
I got another shared taxi ($1) back to the terminal at Ipiales and started looking for a bus to Quito. Unfortunately, there are no busses from here to Quito, so I had to get a taxi ($4) from the terminal to the border, and then walk across the border. It was a simple border crossing and there is no need for a visa to enter Ecuador, so it was free as well. Once I got ...
... to go. I did not go to the top while in Quito because of the safety issues. It's such a shame such an interesting place so near to town is so unsafe.
It's mid-August and Quito is near the equator. I expect nice warm weather, but I get surprised to find the temperatures only reach 65-68F during the day and EVERY night the temperatures drop to the mid 40's. It seems to always be cloudy also. People wear long sleeve shirts and jackets all the time and ...
... 30minutes and in a cobbled street we found ourselves at The Secret Garden, a hostel owned by an Australian man and his Colombian wife. The building was a 4 stories high old colonial building with heaps of rooms, dorms and on the roof the most stunning view from the bar, cafe across the valley of Quito. It was an incredible view and though the room with bathroom pricey for a hostel it was clean, close to the historic areas and safe.Downside was no kitchen but they had ...
... as preciously as the story of our own independence. The patriots, champions of freedom, are held to the highest esteem and still revered by the people to this very day. Essentially Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Venezuela were once united and known as "The Grand Colombia." It is this united force that defeated Spain and won freedom for the colonies, however, power was too much for some to endure and the large South American country split into 5 because ...