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Thinking of Ecuador

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A September 2005 trip to Quito by Philly_Girl

Ecuador countryside Photo, Quito, Ecuador More Photos
Quote: Not many people visit Ecuador, and most seem to fly right out to the Galapagos Islands, spending little time on the mainland. We spent a few days in Quito and were completely taken with the warm and friendly people, delicious foods, and beautiful countryside.

Thinking of Ecuador

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Overview

Ecuador countryside Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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We spent three days in Ecuador, first in Quito and then traveling up to Otavalo. My only regret is that we only had 3 days. There is so much to see. If you are considering a trip to Ecuador to visit the Galapagos Islands, I highly recommend you extend your trip by 4-7 days to visit the countryside of Ecuador. There are essentially four regions in Ecuador: the jungle, the coast, the Andes and the Galapagos. We only had time to visit some sights in the Andes. We chose to visit the Otavalo Market in Northern Ecuador with our full day in Ecuador. It was a wonderful day and so interesting to see people...Read More

Grand Hotel Mercure Quito

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Hotel | "Grand Hotel Mercure Alameda Quito"

Grand Hotel Mercure Quito Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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We were struck by the beautiful lobby as we entered. The top portion was covered in giant photos of Ecuador, black and white, very tastefully done.We appreciated the free Internet service and extensive breakfast buffet (included in the hotel room price). The food was delicious.The rooms were extremely clean and comfortable. Our room had a sitting room with a dining table, refrigerator and couch, and a large TV and large and comfortable king-sized bed, which was turned down at night with chocolates. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Grand Hotel Mercure Quito
Roca 653 y Avenue Amazonas
Quito, Ecuador
+593 (2) 2994000

El Nispero

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Restaurant

El Nispero Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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We dined at El Nispero restaurant on our last night in Quito. They describe the cuisine as "Ecuadorian fusion cuisine." I only wish I would have thought to take pictures of the beautiful interior, but it was our last night in Ecuador, and I was, quite frankly, exhausted. It is very romantic and inviting inside. The restaurant is essentially a house that has been gutted and remodeled with elegant decor. The walls are yellow and blue, and it's very tranquil. It would be a nice place to go for a special date.El Nispero website (Note: this website seems to be down right now, but it's on their "menu" they handed me, so you could try it again later....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

El Nispero
Valladolid N24-438 y Cordero
Quito, Ecuador
593-2222-6398

Otavalo Market

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Attraction | "Visiting the Otavalo Market"

Otavalo Market Photo, Otavalo, Ecuador
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Our travel agent suggested visiting a market 2 hours north of Quito during our full free day in Ecuador, and truth be told, we both hesitated. We were unsure that we wanted to spend an entire day shopping, however, by the end of the day, we were completely satisfied and felt we had really gotten at least a small taste for life in Ecuador.Our driver and tour guide picked us up at 8:30am, and we set off for the market in the Imbabura province. Having a tour guide along really made a difference in my mind, because he told us about the cities we passed along the way, about Ecuador’s economy and a little bit of history. This made the trip more than just a shopping trip.We raced through the street...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Otavalo Market
Otavalo
Otavalo, Ecuador

Impressions of Quito

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Downtown Quito Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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I am ashamed to admit that I had very low expectations for Quito prior to our arrival. But as we walked off the plane into the sparkling and modern airport, I immediately began revising my mental picture. What a surprising city! Despite being at such a high elevation of 9,200 feet (or perhaps because of that), there are very few skyscrapers in the city. Our hotel with 9 floors seemed to be among the highest of the parts of the city we saw. Quito is nestled in a valley between a volcano (Pichincha) on the west and a steep canyon down to the river Machangara to the east, Quito is a long and narrow city surrounded by the Andes, many of which are active volcanoes. In fact sometimes, the airport is closed ...Read More