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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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Mar 17, 2013 - Quito - the end

The day we came back to Quito, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant in the Mariscal, celebrated our successful Galapagos cruise with a glass of red wine, and fell into bed, exhausted, before 9:30 pm. After sleeping a good 10 hours in an unmoving room, we woke up to find out that the room was moving... or so it seemed. I had that funny "like being on a boat" effect for a couple of days afterwards, especially after I just got up. So it looks like not only your body has to adjust to being on a boat, it has to adjust to not being on a boat...

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Mar 9, 2013 - Back In Quito

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Again, another excerpt from the Lonely Planet - Ecuador chapter on Quito: Museo Guayasamiń and the Capilla Del Hombre The former home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), this wonderful museum houses the most complete collection of his work. Guayasamín was also an avid collector, and the museum displays his outstanding collection of pre-Columbian ceramic, bone and metal pieces. The pieces are arranged by theme – bowls, fertility figurines, burial masks etc – and in the geometric designs and muted color...

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Mar 5, 2013 - Quito

Between Cotopaxi and the Galapagos, Pierrette and I spent a couple of days in Quito. We went back to the same hotel (Sierra Madre) where we had left some of our luggage. The hotel was near an area called Mariscal, home to many hotels, restaurants, bars, travel agencies, etc. I hadn`t seen it my first time through in December, but as it turned out, I didn`t miss much. Although the area was convenient for eating, it had little charm. The day that we returned from Cotopaxi, we had dinner in a Mexican restaurant and celebrated with a...

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Mar 3, 2013 - Orchids,

After thoroughly enjoying a huge breakfast buffet, we set off with Chris, John and Cindy to check out the botanical gardens. A half hour later we found the huge park, bustling with people on a gorgeous Sunday morning. The gardens were gorgeous with a cool and hot orchid garden, a carnivorous plants section, rose garden, cactus and lots of ferns, etc. The walk back to the hotel was uphill and I'm finding I'm finally acclimatized. We said goodbye as they're all going home, and got a taxi to our hostal. We dropped off our bags and set out to...

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Mar 1, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND To make my writing go a little easier, I have copied some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - Ecuador chapter on Quito: High in the Andes, amid dramatic, mist-covered peaks, Quito is a beautifully located city packed with historical monuments and architectural treasures. It’s Ecuador’s most dynamic city, with a vibrant civic scene and a fascinating collection of neighborhoods. Dining, drinking and merrymaking are all part of the equatorial experience in the world’s second-highest capital. Quito’s jewel is its historic...

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Feb 25, 2013 - A funeral, parade, man with rabbit

It's the last day of our "vacation" so after a leisurely breakfast we went for a walk on the beach. Yesterday it was packed with people and today .... nobody. We walked for almost 2 hours and were rewarded with views of several dolphins in the distance, jumping and playing. They were too far off to get a decent photo and the waves kept getting in the way. We had to be out of the rooms so packed up our stuff and moved it to a locked room. After a quick swim we joined the girls for a beverage and ended up having a banana split. What looked...

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Feb 25, 2013 - Banos, Quito

Poniedzialek, 25 luty – Banos, Quito O 7 rano, jeszcze przed sniadaniem, idziemy do zrodel termicznych. Woda tu jest naprawde goraca. W jednym z basenow nawet 47C. Po sniadaniu bierzemy taxi na dworzec autobusow w Banos ($1.25) i stamtad od razu lapiemy autobus do Quito ($3.50 od osoby). Podroz trwa 3.5 godziny. Po 14 jestemy na pieknym, nowy, dworcu w Quito. Wyglada jak port lotniczy. Stad taxi ($8) do dzielnicy Mariscal w Quito gdzie jest nasz hostel. Mariscal to zupelnie inne Quito ktore widzielismy na poczatku naszej podrozy (Stare...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Mating turtles and Quito

We were up at 5:30 am and in the pangas by 6 for a tour of the mangroves of Black Turtle cove. It was a peaceful, quite setting with no sounds but birds, the odd sea lions and grunts from turtles. Motors shut off, Santiago quietly paddled around and we got to witness several sets of sea turtles mating. They don't take as long as the sea turtles and it's fascinating to watch. Some got to see white tipped sharks close to the surface but I missed it. Back on the Daphne we had our last breakfast together and finished packing. That week sure...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Quito

Czwartek, 14 luty - Quito Po sniadaniu, wliczone w cene pokoju, idziemy na miasto. Wszystkie najwazniejsze obiekty sa w promieniu kilku ulic od naszego hotelu. Najpierw idziemy na Plaza San Francisco z kosciolem i monasterem polozonym zaraz przy nim. Potem kierujemy sie na Plaza Grande. Do tego glownego placu starego miasta przylega Katedra i Palac Prezydencki. Na srodku monument ku pamieci poleglych w czasie utworzenia Ekwadoru w roku 1809. Zwiedzmy przykatedralne muzeum - troche sakralnej sztuki ale w zasadzie nic ciekawego. Zaraz potem...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Quito

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Despite the use of ear plugs I was awake at 7:30 am so I'm very sleep deprived. We took our time having breakfast at the hotel and then set out to explore the La Mariscal district of Quito. Mike feels the effects of altitude right away by just feeling "out of shape". I don't so I must be careful not to overdue it or I will pay later. I can run up the three flights of stair just fine while he's puffing (not normal) but when I stop, I feel my heart racing incredibly fast. It's a weird feeling. We checked out of the Othello and...

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Jan 11, 2013 - Quito Day 1

Finally came to after a great night's sleep of 13 hours and looked out of the window to see the twin spires of the Basilica and the Angel of the Americas in the far distance... Buenas dias, Quito! Stocked up on a healthy breakfast accompanied with plenty of fresh papaya, melon and pineapple before I jumped into a taxi and made my way to the the Teleferique, a cablecar that climbs up to 4000' and provides great panoramic vies of the city. I shared a cable car with a charming Columbian family with two daughters who were keen to practise their...

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