Out of Quito, arrived in Latacunga

Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

So here we are... We left the big city to go to Latacunga, 2.5 hours away South from Quito. Yesterday we couldn´t go on our day trip to Cotopaxi (cancelled by the agency) so we stayed pretty much in Quito. We got to know the bus system with the locals... Went to Mitad del Mundo, where the Equateur line is supposed to be. Made our way back, then had a walk in Quito and discovered new streets. In the evening there was an outdoor concert so we went there, got a drink and went "home". We were in bed by 9pm. I know, pretty lame, but we´re still kind of jet-lagged and hassled by continuous headaches during the day. Hope we get used to the altitude because tomorrow is going to get worse! We are going on a 2-day tour to the Quilotoa Loop, which should be really good! Visit of the crater lake, some hiking, then excusrion in a cloud forest. 
So we arrived in Latacunga around noon after a morning of struggling with the backpacks and the buses. Found a decent accomadation and strolled around the city. It´s much quieter than Quito (which Simon loves) and it feels a bit more authentic. The market place is amazing, that´s when you feel really far away from home... It´s hard to describe. People-gazing is amazing here. We stayed there for a drink in a little stall (Ecuadorian beer approved by Simon) and watched people playing volleyball. Yes, apparently Ecuadorians are big into volleyball. I wanted to jump in but thought that it would be calling for troubles ;-) Anyway, time to go to bed, tomorrow is an early start!

Adieu Quito, nous voici maintenant a Latacunga. Hier nous avons passe notre derniere journee a Quito. L´excursion pour Cotopaxi ayant ete annulee, nous avons pris sur nous de nous organiser nous-meme... Le matin, decouverte des systemes de bus longue distance pour aller a Mitad del Mundo, ou passe la longitude de l´Equateur. Retour sur Quito et re-balade dans la ville, decouverte de nouvelles rues. Le soir il y avait un concert gratuit donc nous y sommes alles, histoire de voir un peu de jeunesse equatorienne. J´ai vu des gens avec des gobelets remplis d´une boisson chaude qui ressemblait a du the, alors j´ai succombe,sauf que c´était du punch... Tant pis ;-) Ce matin nous avons enfourche nos sacs a dos (malheur, malheur...) direction la gare routiere, puis sommes montes dans le bus direction Latacunga, a 2 heures et demi de la. Heureusement que j´ecoute radio Latina en France, ca m´a bien preparee pour les trajets en bus avec la musique latino a plein tube! L´apres-midi decouverte de la ville, bien plus calme que Quito (dimanche oblige...). Mon coup de coeur: la place du marche, difficilement descriptible.  Cést dans ces moments-la qu´on realise qu´on est loin de chez soi, et que c´est beau de decouvrir le reste du monde... Nous restes la un bon moment, a boire une biere (ben oui, Simon, pas moi!!) et a regarder les gens passer. Il y a aussi un terrain de volley en plein air sur le marche, car oui, les Equatoriens sont fanas de volley... Bon allez, c´est l´heure du dodo car nous partons demain de bonne heure pour une excursion de 2 jours sur la boucle de Quilotoa (cratere de volcan)
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Louis on

Hello there,

I'm glad to see that Simon found some "medecine" for the headaches ! Thanks for all the pretty pictures and please, we want to see some local food !

Louis, el hermano de la Cam

Mamie on

très belles et intéressantes photos Je trouve Latacunga plus typique des habitants en costumes locaux ,très belle basilique originale maison avec ces énormes plantesaux fenêtres , beaucoup de couleurs , la ligne de partage du monde ....ok bonne route !!! BS

Lenyce Lawrenson on

Looks wonderful ,Thanks for sharing as you go along your journey very interesting!!! wonderful pic's and story of everything!

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