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Travel Blogs from Quito
... and when we had thought about it, we decided to book a trip on the Estrella Del Mar, which is a first class luxury cruise liner. If you're going to do it, do it in style right. So once booked and paid for, we couldn't actually believe that we have gone and booked a trip to the Galápagos Islands. We booked it through Carpedm in the end and they also do loads of other tours, so we inquired about doing Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanos in the world. As we ...
... primarily downhill. Unfortunately the tour company neglected to mention that the top of the volcano is freezing cold and crazy windy. I was totally unprepared in my Nike running pants and light jacket. Luckily there was a nice fellow in our tour group with extra pants that he was willing to share. The ride was fun and beautiful and unlike our Death Road experience, I was not the inexperienced biker at least 10 minutes behind the rest of the group; I kept pace and didn't ...
... majority of streets in the old town are closed to traffic on Sundays and instead turned over to cyclists of all ages. This makes it really relaxing to walk around. While there were plenty of cyclists on the main streets, the city was otherwise really quiet with most streets near deserted.
It was nearing lunchtime so we decide to make our way toward a restaurant that had been recommended which was about a 10 minute walk from the old town. It lived up ...
... boarding call was about 30 seconds after the 'excuse me' crowd.
The plane pulled away at 1004, our Air Canada Jazz 'sorry' being a glass of water. The iconic CN Tower was seen on takeoff as we cut across the top of Lake Ontario before edging southwest. Got the computer out for more judgment stuff, the XM music not being all that good. I managed to get most of the factual background ...
... dealers. It was incredibly frustrating. Finally made it out and my adorable little driver was waiting for me. I made everyone around him laugh when he asked if I spoke Spanish and I said "vamos a ver" which means, we'll see. It's a real knee-slapper around these parts.
The drive to the hotel was odd. Some areas look sad and sketchy and then suddenly we're in a swank area full of nightclubs and really well dressed locals. ...
Other places to stay in Quito
Francisco Salazar, Quito | Hotelfrom $31
Francisco Salazar E 12-137 y Toledo, Quito | Hotelfrom $147
Leonidas Plaza N24-395 y Luis Cordero, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $36
Foch E4 301 y Amazonas, Quito | Hotelfrom $38
Calle Morales (La Ronda) OE1- 160 Centro Historico de Quito, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $128
Jose Luis Tamayo 687 y Wilson, Quito | 4 star hotelfrom $82
Valladolid E13-76 y Pontevedra (La Floresta), Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $49
Antonio Elizalde E4-78 y Gran Colombia , Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $54