A big jump makes full circle.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
When I read the above myself, I guess what I am writing doesn't sound very well planned and thought through
Well, now you (maybe) know the reason behind the big jump. And my big jump also makes full circle. Almost at least, I am only missing the stretch of road from Quito and north to PopayŠn in Colombia. I guess I'll have to save that piece for a future trip. At least I wouldn't mind doing it one day, as that particular road is apparently one of the most scenic and spectacular in South America. So after almost a year on the road, I have made my way through most of Central America and also more or less full circle down here. Time for round two and another spin I guess.
Anyway, I spend a few days in Quito (2850m). In my opinion a pleasant city, with a really nice colonial Old Town. Yes, it's another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Most of the time I just spend walking around looking at plazas, churches, beautiful buildings or idle on a bench doing some people watching. Of course there's time for a party as well, and the Mariscal neighborhood in New Town seems to have the most nightlife, as well as the biggest herds of Gringos
I also manage to visit touristy Mitad Del Mundo (that's equator for you guys), just 22km north of Quito, as well as Pululahua (a gigantic volcanic crater) close to equator. Only problem is that the crater is completely covered in fog, so the visibility is like nada. I found Mitad Del Mundo interesting enough, a "cool to have been there" kind of place. It's not that much more to say about my excursion, except maybe the hilariously expensive taxi that took me there. Close to Norwegian prices in fact. Normally I would have taken a cheap bus instead, but I was in a taxi at the time, not planning to go to Mitad Del Mundo, and then the taxi driver mentioned the place... Okay, vamos! Overall I find Ecuador a bit funny in that sense. Some things like taxis are really expensive, while other things are quite cheap. They also use the US dollar here now (switched from sucre in 2000), which has made things more expensive according to most people I have talked to.
Tomorrow lazy boy will board a plane for the short flight to Guayaquil (I know guys, but I couldn't be bothered with the bus), and hopefully I'll run into my brother on some street corner, already lost on his first day in Ecuador.