Back in Quito and the Otavalo Market

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hello cheeky travel followers,

Since returning from our exciting trip to the Rainforest, we have spent the last few days exploring Quito and its surrounding areas.

We explored the old and new town of Quito for a couple of days and, amongst other things, climbed the rickety towers of the Basilica. What an experience, especially for Duncan who was still unstable two hours and a couple of beers later!!   What made it even more exciting is that we bumped into a brother and sister from Portland, Adam and Kelli, whom we had met in the jungle lodge, which hosted six people only, a few days earlier, what are the chances?! We proceeded to spend the rest of the afternoon sitting in the sun in the New Town (the Mariscal), sipping margharitas.

The following day we were lucky enough to have our very own tour guides at our disposal, Diego and Maria. Actually, to tell the truth, I met Diego through JP Morgan some five years ago and him and his girlfriend Maria very generously offered to take us out in Quito and also drive us along the very windy mountain lanes to the big market on Saturday in Otavalo.

On the way there we stopped off for some rather tasty steak for lunch and then spent a couple of hours wandering around the market town on Saturday.  On the way back we stopped off at the Middle of the Earth to take the obligatory pictures of us crossing the Equator line and finished the day off by having some very nice crepes in a very modern centre in Cuyambe on the outskirts of Quito.

We used up the last of Duncan's hotel points to stay in the very nice Sheraton (with a rooftop jacuzzi, nice!) on our last night in Quito before we fly to Lima.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Ecuador which has been a lot more varied than we could have ever imagined with dry forest on the coast, whale watching, jungle, thermals baths and a very busy city!

Hasta luego,
Nadine and Duncan
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