La Mitad del Mundo:
I’m back from a solo adventure trip to Ecuador, Dec. 15-30, 2012.
Had a spectacular time. Bused from Guayaquil to Montanito on the Pacific coast. Laid back, hippie surfer dude town with good vibes.
Took a boat ride to Isla de la Plata, aka the poor man’s Galapagos. Blue footed boobies galore.
Met a german Thomas H. who had rented a car and gave me a ride back to Guayaquil. From there I took my one and only flight to Cuenca – the buses are faster, cheaper and more efficient!
Cuenca, a world heritage sight, was stunning. Very colonial feel. Nicest ex-pats I’ve ever encountered. Met J.D. and Lin B. from Azle, Texas. I stayed in a fabulous Bed and Breakfast, names La Casa del Centro – http://casadelcentrohospedaje.jimdo.com/ – very nice owners William and Maria, quiet, clean, safe. Very homey and comfy. Book in advance.
Bused to Alausi – spent Christmas Eve here not feeling too well.
Bused to Banos on Christmas day. Beautiful traveler town situated in sheer mountains near an active volcano. Thermal waters felt great.
Bused to Quito. Stayed in the Mariscal area at Hotel Cayman. Very updated and clean. Quiet and near lots of bars/restaurants. http://www.hotelcaymanquito.com/ Nice area somewhat like the warehouse district here in Austin. Rode the Teleferiqo up to the mountain to 13,450 ft.
Went to Oltavalo market, lots of shopping and to La Mitad del Mundo, middle earth – great tourist spot for a photo.
Go to Ecuador if you get the chance.