Hanging in Ecuador's capital

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
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Trip End Mar 08, 2012


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Quito is spread across an Andean Valley and flanked with volcanic peaks. The Old Town of Quito has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1978 and is pretty much full of colonial buildings, narrow one way streets and loads of churches.The New Town is totally opposite, modern cafe's, bars and hotels (aka gringo central).

We were very much spoilt in Quito with a fabulous hostel which was more like a hotel, certainly a nice change to some of the dodgy places we have experienced. We had an afternoon of walking around the Old Town and checking out the buildings which was unusual for us. We also managed to get a bus to Mitad del Mundo to the hemispheric line so we could hop between hemispheres! Very touristy but something that had to be done.

Quito's newest attraction is the teleferiQo. It's a multimillion dollar sky tram that takes you on a 2.5km ride up the flanks of Volcan Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. OMG I thought it would never end (I hated it more than the one in Cairns mother). The view of Quito was worth the USD$8 each though.

Next stop.... Costa Rica!
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