Kevin: I like Latacunga--it's a medium-sized town with a pretty main square and another pretty square nearby, plus a short pedestrian street and a decent supermarket. Ellen finds it dirty, smelly, and small, however, so it's probably just as well we are leaving tomorrow for the market at Saquisilí.
Ellen: I don't recall being so down on it, but it definitely wasn't a favorite. Just kinda boring and generic, plus I was really looking forward to getting out on the Quilotoa Loop - more markets and small towns!
There is a great restaurant here, actually. We had Italian for dinner - Kevin a huge lasagne, and I had a spicy pasta with a sauce of olive oil, hot peppers, and slices of garlic. We had a yummy cucumber and onion with sour cream salad for starter, too. That, plus Diet Cokes, all came to $8!
Travel Notes: Bus Quito to Latacunga, $2 each, about 2 hours
Hotel Central (main square), $14 for large double with extra single bed, regular TV, private bath with hot water. Very nice proprietress who lent us umbrellas for our exploration of the town.