Tradition in Transition
Trip Start Jun 12, 2011
114Trip End Oct 22, 2012
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We spent some time doing Galapagos research and hit the travel agents so we knew what last minute deals and what boats were available. We then did a speedy tour around the old city, climbing up the Basilica steps and also took the cable car up for a view of the city and the surrounding snow capped mountains. We of course did the obligatory trip to the Mitadel de Mundo monument which is supposed to mark the equator
After Galapagos we flew back to Guayaquill and headed straight to the colonial Andean mountain town of Cuenca. Cuenca is a world away from Quito, smaller, laid back and definitely has a mountain vibe about it. It is here that the Panama hats are made, not in Panama despite the name. The name came as many of the colonists in Panama wore the hat and so it was typical of that area, but they actually come from Ecuador. Will of course bought himself a hat from a family who has been making them for years. We found a lovely restaurant for a menu del dia lunch, strolled around the cathedral and the main square and visited the flower market.
Unfortunately that was all of Ecuador we had time for. :(