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Travel Blogs from Quito
Yesterday I arrived in Quito around 11pm and headed straight for the hotel. It was nice & chilly outside and my lungs could definitely tell that the altitude changed considerably from flat Florida. This morning, on the advice of fellow Trip Advisor travelers, I decided to head over to the Community Hostel in Old Town where I took advantage of the Ecuador Free Walking Tour. (Tips are appreciated and well earned by our guide today) I've ...
... The length of time in the car caused by the roads themselves. Winding and up and over the Andes plateau, it was also a holiday so all the Quitonians were off to the market if they had not gone to the beach. The market is the biggest in the area and is full of local crafts. Very colourful like all markets having a variety of goods including two whole pigs roasted over a spit and served with steamed vegetables. Rained most of the day. Tomorrow early start as off to the Galapagos ...
... had lifted somewhat, and we were able to get some good photos.
We joined the third sister, Jenny, and went to another place for dinner. We had Locro de Papa, a traditional cheesy potato soup garnished with avocado and llapingachos, a cheesy potato cake. Jenny hooked us up with a travel agent friend, Marcia Simon-Alvarez, who was available and offered to take us to Otavalo the next day for half price. Although $150 sounds like a lot, ...
... but we saw mostly indigenous people doing their shopping and selling at the various stalls. Of course we wanted to buy everything, but there is little to no extra space in our backpacks. I settled on some necessities (long pajama pants and wool socks) and some fun items (a cozy alpaca scarf, some turquoise earrings, a turquoise necklace, and an ornament for my Christmas tree). All of that for $25, if not less!
There were also numerous food stalls (mostly containing ...
This was by far one of the most amazing trips I've ever taken. I had the best experience that was once in a lifetime. One of my favorite parts was snorkeling and getting to see the sea turtles. I was amazed to see marine iguanas almost everywhere we went, and enjoyed eating the traditional Ecuadorian meals. Overall, I had a great trip with some great people:)
Other places to stay in Quito
Francisco Salazar, Quito | Hotelfrom $31
Francisco Salazar E 12-137 y Toledo, Quito | Hotelfrom $175
Leonidas Plaza N24-395 y Luis Cordero, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $22
Foch E4 301 y Amazonas, Quito | Hotelfrom $75
Calle Morales (La Ronda) OE1- 160 Centro Historico de Quito, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $122
Jose Luis Tamayo 687 y Wilson, Quito | 4 star hotelfrom $138
Valladolid E13-76 y Pontevedra (La Floresta), Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $60
Antonio Elizalde E4-78 y Gran Colombia , Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $57