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Nov 27, 2019 - Sea Level to 2 Miles High

Well we've gone from sealevel in the Galapagos to 2,850 masl / 9,350 fasl in less than a two hour flight. Happily, no discomfort caused by the elevation. The cool, clean air is delightful to breath & walk about in. Akin to La Paz, Quito lies in a valley in the mountains; wider valley and not as high elevation. Quito is far less steep than La Paz and so walking about is easier. The old colonial centro has many old churches, expansive plazas, and not many high-rise modern buildings. Our hotel was about 6 stops from the Centro on a dedicated...

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Aug 20, 2019 - disembark, return to Quito

This was mostly a transit day, reversing the steps we took to get to our ship a week ago. As our luggage was loaded into the zodiac, we could see another bringing new supplies to the ship for the new passengers who will be sleeping in our beds tonight. The ships’ crew works 24/7. They are looking forward to the period two weeks from now when the ship will be taken into dry dock on the mainland. Of course, the sail back maximum speed eight knots, will not be a pleasure. Most of us never did get a good night’s sleep this week with all the...

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Aug 12, 2019 - Papallacta Hot Springs

An optional tour was offered today. Most of us opted for it. We traveled 1-½ hours out of town to Papallacta Hot Springs, crossing the Continental Divide. In this volcanic area hot springs bubbling out of the ground are pretty common and in Papallacta a restful day spa has been developed to allow the residents of Quito to come out for the day and unwind. But we had to earn our rest and relaxation. The bus took us to the top of a mountain flank and we spent two hours hiking back down to the spa, following a burbling spring. Our guide said...

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Aug 11, 2019 - return to Quito

When we got up this morning, it was finally raining in the rain forest. Before we left the lodge, we visited the lady's collective. The women here saw their husbands earning money from tourism and wanted in on the action. After they danced for us and we of course danced with them, we went to their craft shop where they had many tempting things for sale. Balsa wood is common here and easy to work with so many of the figurines were light enough to make it into our suitcases without getting major blow-back at the airline check-in counter. Then...

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Aug 7, 2019 - where's the Equator?

Most of the Equator runs through oceans and jungles. Here Quito is surrounded by seven volcanoes that helped the ancients notice the predictable pattern of the sun and moon as they move through the sky; the volcanoes were fixed objects that the position of the planets could be compared to. A thousand years ago they had things figured out and built temples at the spot where the sun is directly overhead at the Equinox. It took the white man much longer to come to the same conclusion. When the French sent a scientific party to the area in the...

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Aug 6, 2019 - Old Town

Since most of our fellow travelers did not arrive until late last night, we did not have our getting-to-know-you rules-of-the-road meeting until 10am. Our guide is experienced and well organized and most of us understood that it make no sense to ask questions about what we are doing next week; we will only forget the answer and he will have to say it again. Formalities quickly completed, we got on a bus for a walking tour of Old Town, which is a protected UNESCO site. All the countries in South America have suffered from centuries of...

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Aug 5, 2019 - in the countryside

The rest of the members of our travel group are arriving tonight, so we wanted to spend the day having experiences that are not included in our tour, which will officially begin tomorrow. Quito is surrounded by volcanoes. We can see many of them from town, especially the ones with snow-topped tips. Cotopaxi is the highest at over 19,000 feet. The photos of the scenery we saw there were amazing, but we felt a bit leery about putting ourselves at such a high elevation. None of us have altitude sickness symptoms in Quito at 9,000 feet, but...

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Aug 4, 2019 - learning how to cook - Quito style

After a long day of travel yesterday, we thought it would be a good idea to book a cooking class, which would keep us in town out of the high elevations of the mountains that surround Quito, which is already at 9,000 feet. The tour only was supposed to last four hours. Six hours later we were finally back at our hotel filled with great food and new experiences. Our chef had already laid in the shrimp and pork and we headed to the local market for all the produce that would complete the meal. We love to go to markets, but when you go with a...

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Aug 3, 2019 - fly to Quito

The limo driver arrived at our home early; always a relief to see his smiling face in our driveway. On a beautiful Saturday morning we made record time to O'Hare and were able to spend quality time in the first class lounge enjoying a great breakfast and fast wi fi. It was surprising to see a large Russian sounding family in Business Class on the plane with us. They had small children who made the most of the additional space and boogied up and down the aisle every so often. But there was no screaming and crying and the time passed quickly...

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Jun 28, 2019 - One Night in Quito

I stay in Tababela near the Quito Airport when my flights require a stopover on the way home to Cuenca. This time I chose Chester's Bed and Breakfast and Pizzeria. It is a cozy place with only a couple of rooms and airport transportation provided for an additional charge. www.facebook.com/ChestersBB www.chesterspizzas.com/#!

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Jun 4, 2019 - Portugal, Here We Come!

Today starts the long-awaited trip to Portugal for the month of June. LindaRose is flying to Quito from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We'll spend the night in nearby Tababela and take the afternoon Air Iberia flight to Lisbon via Madrid. www.hostalelparqueaeropuerto.com Double $40, breakfast included Minutes away from Quito International Airport, transportation available

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Mar 27, 2019 - Day 33

Went down to the dining room for breakfast at 7:30am. Miryam told me we could go to the shop to learn how to make Panama hat at 9:30am. I asked to go at 10:30am because I would like to go to the Pumapungo Museum to buy a rock-climbing guide book in Ecuador for Eric. According to some travel guide book it is only sold in their store. I walked towards it. Normally it takes about minutes along the trail by the river. When I got very close, I had to shift to city street. I saw a group of people were standing by the road and talking. I took a...

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