Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Quito is a beautiful town, 2850km above sea level and full of rich cultural heritage. The people have been very welcoming.
Staying at the Secret Garden was excellent... highly recommended. Given my physical state, I crashed at 9pm and woke up 10 hours later for a scrumptious breakfast. The Secret Garden is overlooking Quito and offers the long termer language classes. I´m picking up new Spanish words every day. My room mate also speaks fluent Spanish.
I´ve started my new tour..
There are 17 people doing the tour... divided into two groups. My group is definitely the better group with 10 people... The leader is Julio, a Peruvian local. The hotel we´re staying at is beautiful... and to think this is a basix tour.
I have since replaced my digital camera´s battery for a price of US49. No doubt a happy ending to your short story Maria! So happy that I will be able to resume my photo snapping.
So sorry that I haven´t uploaded all my Moroccan photos
Tomorrow I fly to the Amazon for a canoe trip down along the Amazon River. This is sure to be one of the most memorable times of my life. Can´t wait to share these travel experiences with my readers.
Gab has joined me on the first couple of days of the tour... to Julio´s approval. Today we have a van trip to several sights out of Quito, including volcanoes, the equator line and remote villages. The market at Octavala is one of the best I´ve been to. The colours are exquisite. The prices are also very good... all purchases are done in US dollars here which is quite refreshing given I get more US dollars with my Aussie ones. At the time of writing this, we are in a small village sitatued only 1 hour south of the Columbian/Ecuadorian border. Very interesting... and what was most interesting are the eucalpytus gum trees. The smells make me feel as though I´m home in the Australian bush.
We have 2 nights in the Amazon before returning to Quito. We then head to Baños and Cuenco.
So glad to be here in what is sure to be a very unique travelling experience. My appetite for travel has returned in abundance and I´m very much enjoying it now that I´m on tour once again.