Quito y pongo

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Where I stayed
Amazon Inn - $26 double, ensuite, tv sat, small but clean

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

As previously commented, we have been breaking up our bus rides in smaller trips to avoid long bus hours in Ecuador where roads are terrible and driving murderous at its best. We also programmed avoiding the return traffic after the May break (especially in direction to Quito). So we were up early and on the bus at 10 am, arriving at Quito at mid-day.

The first impression is of a huge city similar to La Paz with houses crawling up all the mountains around the main town . However there is much more order and general modernity in this city.

Quito is divided into the Old and New cities, and we decided to stay in the New part as we read that the old one is pretty dark at night, with little life. We landed in a Hostel called "Amazonīs Inn" which is acceptable, but definetly was built by someone who had the impression of a London Bed and Breakfast as being the ideal standard for hostels.

The area is very nice and could be based in any European city. Plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets, and muffin joints! The prices also reflect the amount of gringos that inhabit this area of the city. There are dozens of Spanish Language schools and Salsa Dancing ones...and the coffee shops and bars are full of US gringos trying to learn Spanish for a few weeks. So in summary, its very easy going for tourists, but lacks any "Ecuadorian" feel to it.

Even better, as it is Sunday they have cut all traffic from the area so people can cycle around...just like in Europe.

Veronika has a bit of a bad tummy so stayed at the hotel resting (although she did munch a muffin at a later stage of the afternoon so it looks like she is beating the stomach bug). Marcos had a long walk under the "post 2pm" rain to get a better feel for the area...so here are some pictures.

We have a couple of days left before we catch our flight to Panama on Wednesday, so we will use one to see the Old City, and the other to go to the "middle of the world" (where the Ecuator passes 23 kms away from Quito).

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