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May 13, 2014 - Off we go into the wild blue yonder!

Our flight from Rochester was at the civilized hour of noon and the flight to Atlanta was uneventful. We were surprised at the number of wheelchair passengers waiting for the flight to Atlanta and then probably to Florida. The flight to Quito was not as long as other international flights we have taken and we were soon circling around thunder storms above this capitol city (altitude about 8000 feet in the Andes) before landing a few minutes ahead of schedule at 10:30PM. Customs and immigration went far faster than we had experienced on...

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May 13, 2014 - Quito, Ecuador

Monday 12th May 2014 Quito, Ecuador Out for breakfast at the little local restaurant where we had lunch yesterday then we went back to the hotel to pack up our bags as we were shifting to another hotel as part of our 11 night Galapagos Islands trip. We were ready and waiting in the foyer as advised at 11:00am and waited until 12 noon for the guide to arrive (south american time...). In the meantime we farewelled a number of members of our group, some of whom were going home to their respective countries and some who were (like us) moving to...

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May 11, 2014 - Otavalo to Quito, Ecuador

Sunday 11th May 2014 Otavalo to Quito, Ecuador We had breakfast in the hostel this morning - not crash hot - but the coffee was hot. After breakfast we went for a walk in the town looking at the markets as they were being set up. All the stalls are very colourful, but many have a lot of mass produced or factory manufactured products and not "original and authentic" indigenous goods. As we are coming back to Otavalo after we have been to the Galapagos Islands, we mostly just looked this morning. We also walked away from the tourist market...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Quito and Bellavista Cloud Forest, Ecuador

Friday - headed out on a day trip from Quito to Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. Beautiful for the forest trails to hike and and even more for the humming birds attracted by their sugar-water feeders. You can stand a metre away to watch and hear them, endlessly fascinating.

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Oct 4, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador: Museums and Cathedrals

Quito is divided into two areas. The La Mariscal is the modern area where the 5 star hotels and many restaurants and bars are located. I'm staying in the Old Quito area where all the Cathedrals and museums and plazas are located. My hotel the San Francisco is a perfect location. On a pedestrian only street with lots of lighting at night. It is only one block from the Sucre museum, two blocks to the Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus (gold covered). And 4 blocks from Independence Plaza. In the other direction it is 3 block from La Ronda, where...

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Oct 2, 2013 - Middle of the World: Near Quito, Ecuador

The French Geodesic Mission to the Equator in 1735, is the result of the “Mitad del Mundo”, that I visited today. The Expedition was to settle a scientific dispute as to whether the earth was completely round or budged in the middle, where the equator is by measuring the length of a degree of latitude at the Equator at as far north as possible. Just think how long it took to convince people the earth was round. They sent two expeditions. One to Lapland, that was as far north as possible and one to Ecuador (was a part of Peru then) . If...

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Oct 2, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador San Francisco Hotel and Sightseeing

I have arrived in Quito, the capitol of Ecuador. It is the second largest city in Ecuador after Guayaquil. Quito has the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic center in the Americas. And I am staying right in the middle of Old Quito at the San Francisco Hotel, recommended to me by Isabel and Sasha. At 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world and a good reason for me to huff and puff up and down this hilly city. I arrived late at night after an hour taxi ride from the airport ($45). I scheduled a city tour with...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Mitad del Mundo Monument

This morning I met friend Wendi Nutzmann at the Quito Immigration Department. I volunteered for what I knew would be a long day of waiting and pleading Wendi's case to try to correct mistaken information and dates on her movimiento migratorio, her immigration papers. Between meetings, we had time to walk around Parque Carolina and its botanical gardens. Later in the day I took the city bus to Mitad del Mundo Monument to see where the equator crosses Ecuador.

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2013 In Ecuador

Jun 30, 2013 - Quito Sunday

I decided to give Quito, the capital of Ecuador, a second look. I took a Saturday evening flight on TAME Airlines. Flight TAME $46 one-way Taxi Quito airport to Mariscal District of Quito $26 Hothello Avenida Amazonas N20-20 and 18 de Septiembre www.hotelothello.com $44 per nite, double

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2013 In Ecuador

Apr 24, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We found it necessary to make the trek into Quito from the new airport yet again, because we weren’t able to find any flights that would take us from Lima and on to Central America without an overnight stay in Ecuador. It was a bit of a pain because the airport is so very new that there aren’t any hotels established nearby. The airport is only 20km from the city, but an old bridge provides a near-perfect bottleneck for traffic and it can take up to two hours to travel the distance during the busiest times of the...

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Mar 25, 2013 - Manic Monday

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I chose to call this entry ‘Manic Monday’, because after such a long period of being relatively inactive due to feeling slightly under the weather, we ended up packing a great deal into one day. We set off rather early (for us) in order to get to the tourist office at Plaza Grande in the historical centre. We had made a pervious attempt to purchase train tickets on the newly restored rail line from Quito to El Boliche, but arrived only to find that the ticket office closed at 2:00pm on Saturdays. We had been...

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Mar 23, 2013 - Teleférico

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here is an excerpt from the Lonely Planet - Ecuador chapter on Quito: For spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape, hop aboard this sky tram that takes passengers on a 2.5km ride up the flanks of Volcán Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. Once you’re at the top (a mere 4100m), you can hike to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (4680m), about a three-hour hike for fit walkers. You can also hire horses, which are about 500m from the upper station. Don’t attempt the trip to Rucu Pichincha until you’ve acclimatized in...

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