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Jun 13, 2014 - Day 3 -La Basilica del Voto Nacional

Day 3 was a light day. I am on vacation after all. It was a nice walk to the Basilica del Voto Nacional. It's a lovely church among many in Quito. It is one of the older ones. The cool thing is you can go to the top of one of the towers and take pictures of Quito. That was nice and relaxing. I again took over 30 pictures and reduced them down to just 10 for your viewing pleasure. So, first a few pictures of the outside of the Church: Then, a few pictures of the inside: Nave and Organ Primarily. The Organ sits in the Balcony and is on...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Day 2 Walking Tour Part 2

Walking Tour part 2. I took about 32 pictures today, but in parts 1 and 2 I shared 20 of them with you. The pictures are not in order of the actual tour, but kind of themes. Next we take a look at the Plaza De Independencia. Statue and the historic buildings surrounding the plaza. The Presidential palace, The Teatro (National Theater) and Congress I think where the people are protesting outside of. The rest of the Theme is "Miscellaneous". First a great picture of the Quito sigh with El Panecilo in the background. El Panecilo is...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Day 2 Walking Tour Part 1

Part 1 of the Walking Tour of Old Town Quito. Tour Guide was Ovi. He is Ecuadorian from a small town. He has been doing free walking tour for 9 years. First part of the 3 hour tour was the Market a few blocks from Old Town. Amazing fresh meat, Fruit, even flowers. There were booths of vendors who cooked and sold food also. There was even beverage stands where they mixed fruit drinks. I had the picture Nanajo and Coco. I might have the 2 fruits mixed wrong, but definitely coconut. Take a CLOSE look at the meat photo. If that is not JAN...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Day 1 Hotel

Ok, So more on day 1. Left Dallas late and then got rerouted around weather in Florida. So, I was one of those running through the airport people to make the connection in Miami. But, hey, I had 5 whole minutes to spare. Whew. Customs took about 40 minutes, the ride from the new Airport which is now North of Quito took a good hour to get to the hotel due to traffic in La Ronda. Saw a couple of party buses with bright light and loud music. I even had my first phone call in the hotel room. A guy I met through the Epat Ecuador Forums. Will...

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May 31, 2014 - Return Home

Our plane to the mainland was scheduled for 11 AM and we began to traverse the island of Santa Cruz early. First a water taxi to town where there was a bus that took us over the highlands (2,834 ft) to a ferry that took us to an airline bus on the isolated airstrip island of Baltra which had been the only airstrip until the mid 1980’s when the others were built on San Cristobal and Isabella. This facility was built by the US armed forces in WWII to provide air cover to protect the Panama Canal. On our way to the airport, we stopped to view...

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May 24, 2014 - Swissotel in Quito

Swissotel (May 23-24) At 8,500 ft., the Swissotel was kinder to Anne’s altitude sickness and after she took a well deserved nap, and Tom had a burger lunch, things began to look much better. We had dinner at the hotel in the Japanese restaurant and slept well all night. In the morning we saw the sun glinting on the volcanos across the valley. Both of us felt like unwinding and after breakfast, we scheduled a massage for 3PM. As we walked through the lobby, we spotted a unique Taguarte necklace and earring set. However, because it was a...

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May 24, 2014 - Quito, Ecuador

Thursday 22nd May 2014 Quito, Ecuador Had breakfast in our lovely Hotel Quito, then back to our room to choose our photos from Galapagos for the blog and pack our bags. The representative from Klein Tours came to pick us up at about 11:30am and we went to our other "lesser" hotel, the Majestic, for the next three nights until we leave on our next trip from Quito to La Paz in Bolivia. After we had posted the blog, we went out to the markets down towards the city and bought a few little things to remind us of Ecuador. We then had an early...

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May 22, 2014 - Rumiloma Hacienda & Quito

Rumiloma Hacienda (May 21-22) Our driver from the Hacienda met us at the Quito airport with a sign “Thomas Barker.” It was an hour-long drive all the way through Quito and then over a dirt road to the Hacienda entrance. Rumiloma is perched on the mountainside and our room (Montana) is up three flights of steps. We were winded when we got to the door. The architecture is magnificent. Stone walls with post and beam accented with multiple levels joined by rustic stairs made of split logs. Amber deFreire, the owner, has scoured the world for...

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May 21, 2014 - Galapagos Islands to Quito, Ecuador

Wednesday 21st May 2014 Galapagos Islands to Quito, Ecuador via Guayaquil Leaving from Galapagos this morning after seven days cruising around the islands seeing all the wildlife, birdlife, sealife, lizards, iguanas, turtles, tortoises and all the other creatures and meeting with a lot of nice people. This morning we finished packing our bags then went to breakfast. The boat sailed around Daphne Island but had almost finished the circumnavigation by the time we realised that it had started. We then said all of our fond farewells, exchanged...

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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 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 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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