Equador and beyond
Trip Start Mar 31, 2008
22Trip End Jul 04, 2008
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Coming in to land in Quito we noticed lots green countryside with valleys and plateaus which was very different from Colombia which had mountains but nothing similar that we had seen. Getting from the airport in Quito to our Hostal was easy as they even had a taxi booth advertising The Secret Garden.
Our first impressions of the city were good and we soon got settled in, and realised that we needed to find somewhere cheaper to stay if we were to spend any length of time in Quito. So we headed off to find another Hostal for our next day, sort our our amazon jungle trip, and find a Spanish language school
Yes, it was back to school. While we had managed to make ourselves understood in Colombia most of the time, we struggled to understand what people were saying to us in reply, so figured some extra lessons would help. So for the next few days we spent our mornings seeing the sights of Quito's old town, and our afternoons learning Spanish. This worked well as the weather was best in the mornings and it often rained in the afternoons.
The highlights of our sightseeing were our museum tour at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano where we learned about the history of revolution in Quito and Equador, the Cathedral which we climbed to the top of to see some great views of the city, the church covered in gold on the inside, and the San Fransican Monastry where we saw some amazing paintings and sculptures.
Our most enjoyable experience in Quito was meeting Eurnesto and Christina who were friends of one of Serena's ex/workmates in Wellington. We had a great night out with them at one of the local resturants, sampling some local food and talking lots about life in Quito and Ecuador while listening to some blues.
Eurnesto and Christina were very generous and also took us North for a great day trip North to Otavalo to spend up large at the market there, and to see some beautiful lakes in the craters of dormant volcanoes. We also had a delicious lunch of trout looking out over the lake which was a real treat!
We were sorry to say goodbye to them, but it was time to see some more of Equador.