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After a long flight back from the Galapagos Islands (we had to stopover in Guayaquil) we were finally greeted again by the buzzing and noisy streets of Quito, the capital of Ecuador and it s biggest city. It is spread out over lots of mountains and a lot bigger than we thought at the start. Coming into it from the airport in the dark even reminded me a little of Rio, with the big Staue of the Virgen de Maria throwning over the city. Just the Copacabana is missing. We came in at night and found our hostel to be a charming place with a stunning view over parts of the old town and up to the Virgen. Despite it being a little cold (considering 15 degrees isn t really cold but we were just so used to the tropical climate on the Galapagos) we went out to head for some food. Grabbing a seat in one of the many street stalls around the corner was by far the easiest as we then were happily greeted by a waitress who told us whats on the menu. Our faces and the huge questionmarks in our eyes were probably the funniest thing she had seen in a while. With a lot of patience she repeated again and again and we decided to just pretend we understood and ordered whatever she had said. It turned out to be a good decision with plenty of nice food and was topped by the bill which was a bargain of 5 dollars. Next day we went out to explore some more of Quito which turned out to be rather difficult as we had decided to take the cable car up to get a view over the 2900. High city…which can be rather hard when there s thunderstorms and huge clouds scattered around everywhere. Ok…we gave up on this one an now tried to get a bus ticket….which probably made the tyxi driver that coud drive us down to Carcelen Terminal rather happy and wealthy enough for the day (it was only 7 dollars though). We should have know that getting a ticket a day before really isn t in the ticket sellers interest as they much rather enjoy screaming Tulcan Tulcan Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuullcccaaaaaaaaaaan and other city names out of their windows and who ever comes along will be shouted at. Queuing isn t a strong point of any Ecuadorians so it s elbows first…but that comes as a given all over Soutamerica. So having done nothing we went back to the old town and started to enjoy th day with jut strolling along the nice colonial building, having some snacks and a chilled afternoon. After a little break in the hostel we went out to La Ronda, which is a nice little stret in the historic part that has lots of bars, backyards and busy little shops on the weekends . It s filled with locals and a few foreigners and there s loud music everywhere whilst you can slurp Canelazo (which is a hot spiced cider with rum and kisks you off your feet after just one glas) at the little stalls. We had a great evening with a few drinks and some nice and cheap food that night and then got ready for the 5 hour bus to Tulcan and to cross the border to Columbia the next day.

Posted by PEANUTSONTHERUN 18:36 Archived in Ecuador

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