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12 mai 2010

Quito

After Quilotoa, we headed to Quito. We were warned by almost everyone we met... Quito is THE pickpocket town. One guy even had his camera snatched out of his hand as he was taking a photo. So we were warned and we arrived prepared. Bags covered in their raincoats so no access to the pockets possible. Little bag with money hidden under our shirts. And we got by ok, so far, nothing to report! The old town of Quito is very pretty, it has a lot of charm but small. We covered the visit in one afternoon. We're staying in the new town... in... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2010

Latacunga - Quilotoa

Next stop after Baños was Latacunga. Completely uninteresting town. This was the first town in Ecuador were we didn't feel comfortable. Every other town we had been in was welcoming and had charm. Not Latacunga! But it was just a stopover to go to Quilotoa. Quilotoa is a tiny village of about 15 houses next to a beautiful lake in the crater of a volcanoe. There is nothing to do in the village and every house is a hostal/restaurant/souvenir shop. And although at first the people are a little annoying cos they want you to choose their... [Lire la suite]
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03 mai 2010

Cuenca - Baños

After Guayaquil we headed to Cuenca. Beautiful little town with cobblestones.  We went to the museum del banco central. It's more of a museum for children, in fact there were about 3 different schools on visit when we were there. But it does have the great advantage of displaying 5 real shrunken heads. Very impressive. They are the size of a fist and all have long hair. There was a whole ritual to the shrinking of heads. They would shrink the heads of either murderers or ennemies. It wasn't clearly explained the shrinking method... [Lire la suite]
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28 avril 2010

Vilcabamba - Guayaquil

So from Tumbes in Peru, we crossed the border into Ecuador. It's pretty straightforward on the peruvian side, but on the Ecuadorian side, you walk into the first town and no immigration post. It's actually 2km away, you have to get a taxi to get there! so we went in taxi, and the immigration post is in the middle of nowhere next to a motorway, and people have to queue outside in the scorching hot sun... after an hour's wait in the heat, we got our stamp and hopped on a bus to Loja. Not much to say about Loja, we slept in a hotel next... [Lire la suite]
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