Quito

Country number 2. Ecuador certainly has a lot to live up to. We have been in Quito for 2 days now and initial impressions are good!  Firstly, Quito is at just under 3000m, this means its cool. In fact I have worn trousers and a jumper today for the first time in a few weeks and it was actually pretty nice!

We are staying in the old town which is pretty. Lots of plazas, churches, museums in old colonial buildings.

IMG_0322 We have been up the telforico, which is basically like a ski cable car that takes you to 4100m, up over the city. Amazing views. You can then climb up a further 600m to the peak of the mountain. I think we made it about halfway. By this stage we were walking in the clouds which is cold and not so great for the view. Also the altitude makes it pretty tough, this is what it must feel like to be chronically unfit!

Howere, the walk was totally worth it. Just near the top of the cable car we found basically an outdoor barbeque, which was serving these amazing kebabs and hot chocolate. After 2 seperate families had asked to have their photos taken with us we got the feel that this was more of a local food spot than a gringo one!

IMG_0339Last night in Quito tonight, although I think I end up returning here 4 times in total. Off to a town called Otavalo tomorrow first thing.

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