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Jan 16, 2015 - Quito

Amazingly I slept in until 8:00am – I must have been tired! Our plans for today are to take the Teleferico (the highest cable car in the world) up to the Pichincha Volcano. Our taxi dropped us off at the entrance and we could already feel the difference in elevation. The cable cars hold six people and look very similar to the gondolas at Whistler, however they travel at a much slower speed. By 10:30am we arrived at the top at 4050m. Today is a beautiful clear day and the views of Quito are stunning. We ventured up another 100m or so in...

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Jan 15, 2015 - Quito

We woke around 6:00am but stayed in bed until around 7:00am. The dinning area for breakfast was very nice and the breakfast was good. Even though the altitude is only 2800m we are still feeling it a little. Following breakfast we ventured out and caught a Hop on Hop off bus for a city tour. What a wonderful place, it is the first city to be named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and is wonderfully preserved and restored. It is also the highest official capital city in the world. Our tour bus barely manoeuvred through the tight narrow...

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Jan 14, 2015 - Cuenca to Quito

Our day started out very pleasantly with breakfast downstairs. We bid farewell to the Forum Hotel which was an absolute gem; great location, great food, great owners, everything was top notch! Our taxi (Latin Cumbia music blasting from the speakers) whisked us to the Bus Terminal were we boarded our bus, much too early for Latin American standards! It was a bus just a shade nicer than the one from Guayaquil, and not too far from the proverbial “chicken bus”. We have 6 hours to Riobamba but we will just make the best of it as the better...

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Jan 3, 2015 - Last stop -Quito

We had a few hours to kill Saturday morning before leaving for the airport. Dan and I had visited an amazing free trade shop in the Old Town during our first week in Quito and we were keen to go back. It was located under the San Francisco Monastery so we jumped into a cab and headed into the Old City. It was great for the boys to get a chance to see the colonial buildings, narrow winding streets and steep pitches of Old Town. The fair trade shop called Tianguis was as amazing as we remembered. It stretched well under the monastery in a...

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Dec 24, 2014 - Christmas in Quito

Our trip back to Quito was the proverbial boats, planes and automobiles, starting with a later breakfast at the Sani Lodge, a short canoe to the elevateded boardwalk, a 15 minute walk from the blackwater to the Rio Napo, a three hour motorized canoe ride to Coca, a VERY short taxi ride to the Coca airport (literally 5 minutes), a 30 minute flight from Coca to Quito and by 1:30 pm we had arrived at the lovely Le Parc hotel in central Quito. We wanted a nicer place to stay for Christmas, so we booked a boutique hotel in the business district....

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Dec 19, 2014 - One door closes, another door opens.....,

And so our time travelling on our own ends. Today we flew from the tiny, efficient and friendly Cuenca airport back to Quito where we arrived nearly three weeks ago. We timed this flight to coincide as closely as possible with the arrival for our sons, Adrian and Robin who are arriving from Montreal. I'm writing this from the Amazonia coffee shop on the arrivals level of the Quito airport where we have camped awaiting their arrival. So what's next for us? We fly tomorrow to the small city of Coca which is the jumping off point for many of...

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Dec 5, 2014 - Teleferico and the Trek to Ruca Pinchincha

I've mentioned before that Quito is built in a steep valley and up the sides of the mountains. A cable car has been built that takes you from the city at roughly 3000 m to Cruz Loma at 4100m. From there, you have an amazing view of the city and the valley beyond. But wait, there's more! From Cruz Loma, you can trek for around 10km more to the peak of Ruca Pinchincha at about 4700m, one of the mountains surrounding the city. We set out on Friday on one of the cloudiest days we had seen yet. The Teleferico or cable car took about 20 minutes...

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Dec 4, 2014 - Around town

We dedicated Thursday to running errands in the morning, including a visit to the tour operator who has arranged our trip to the Galapagos and attempting to mail the last of our Christmas cards. After zooming around town sorting everything out, we headed to the Museo Nacional which told the historical story of Ecuador by linking history with art. In the evening, we attended a terrific performance at the Teatro Nacional of salsa dancing and live music from around Latin America. It was an exciting show full of Latin spirit and rhythm in an...

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Dec 2, 2014 - Quito continued

On our second full day we headed to the lovely Parque La Carolina, a huge rambling park in the centre of the city and home to the Botanical Gardens. The park has dedicated bicycle and jogging trails as well as a bike rental scheme that can be found throughout the city. The Botanical Gardens were very interesting, particularly in regard to the high altitude grassland environment known as paramo. This environment is very boggy and wet with few trees as it is usually above the tree-line. It is covered with tough grasses and small flowering...

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Dec 1, 2014 - Into the Quito vibe

We began our Quito adventure with the obligatory post·flight nap at our lovely Aleida´s Hostal. Thanks to Lonely Planet for another great recommendation, they even suggested which room to request (no. 15) which was granted gladly. When we awoke we had a bit of a shock as the city all but shuts down on Sundays. Fortunately we found the Happy Panda restaurant just a block from our place and the Szechuan green beans made us feel as though we were back in Vancouver. The other thing making us feel at home was Lleigo (pronounced Yay-go) the...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Day 7 Botanical Garden Part 2 ORCHIDS

Botanical Gardens part II: Orchids! This was my favorite part of the gardens. They have a Cold Greenhouse and a Hot Greenhouse for their orchids. Enjoy the pictures of both. This is my last update from Quito! I will see you all on Thursday! :)

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Jun 16, 2014 - Day 7 Botanical Garden Part I

Last day! This will be in 2 parts over the Botanical Gardens of Quito. It's the farthest I've ventured in my journeys here. It was probably 12 bus stops away. The Botanical Garden is located in the La Carolina Park. So, it's one of the may parts of the very large park. Part 1 pictures are the non-orchids. Part 2 will be just the orchids. I took over 60 pictures in the park. I've reduced that down to just 17 in Parts 1 and 2 of the Jardin Botanico. The non-orchid part apart from miscellaneous flora shows a tiny piece of the very large Rose...

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