1 Dec 2007
|We're back in Quito for one night (after spending a few hours waiting in the Cuenca airport for our delayed flight - domestic flights don't seem to be too reliable!). Tomorrow we head to the Galapagos for a week. We likely won't have computer access so our next update won't be for a while.
Some general thoughts on Ecuador:
-The people are extremely friendly and helpful.
-Most toursists seem to travel in guided groups so there isn't as much English spoken as we thought there would be. But we haven't found that to be a problem at all because the people are so helpful and encouraging while we try out the little Spanish we know.
-Ecuador is a bargain! Food is really cheap and getting around is easy and also very inexpensive. Taxis anywhere within Quito are about $3 and a taxi ride to another ciy costs about $50 for a one way ride of 1.5 - 2 hours. Tours are a bargain. A full day tour with a good guide and lunch is $25-$30.
-Hotels are also a bargain. A good, higher end hotel is about $100 for a double room including breakfast.
-The food is generally very good, not gourmet but still good food. Most meals begin with soup and it is usually some kind of potato soup. They grow over 300 kinds of potatos here so it is never the same. Next course is usually a choice of fish, chicken or beef with rice and vegetables, followed by desert. Ceviche (seafood marinated in citrus, sometimes cooked, sometimes not) is also big here.
-Wine is not cheap! But not overly expensive either. You can get a decent bottle for $25 in a restaurant or pay $50 for a good bottle. Beer is cheap at about $1.50 a bottle.
-For some reason they don't say Adios here much. Usually they say Ciao (go figure, that's Italian) or hasta luego (see you later).
We've really enjoyed our trip to Ecuador so far and are looking forward to our trip to the Galapagos and then the Amazon. Not sure if we'll get another update done before we get home, if not we'll finish things off from Calgary!