This was our first longer adventure trip together. We learned a lot on this trip including never book a plane ticket for New Years Day!
We took a taxi to Mindo Ropes and Canopy to go zip lining above the forest canopy. There were two guides and the two of us. The zip lines and equipment were new and modern and the guides were young and enthusiastic. We had a blast, highly recommended! From there we walked up the roadContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador-The Mindo Cloud Forest”
We flew from Manta to Quito and then used ground transportation to get to Mindo in the cloud forest. Having been stuck in the airport for 12 hours on New Years Day we had time to explore. We discovered a local bus back to Quito which cost a fraction of the cost of the touristContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Mindo”
We took a local bus from Puerto Lopez to Manta. The trip started with a local taxi kind of fun but a bit alarming when you are on the road with real cars and trucks! The bus to Manta was relatively modern it had air conditioning and a picture of Jesus presumably to keep usContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador – Manta”
We took a tour from Puerto Lopez to Isla de la Plata. Isla de la Plata is a national park and the only way to get there is with a guide on a tour. The island is a sanctuary for birds and the name (Island of Silver) is said to refer to the silver reflectionContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Isla de la Plata and Los Frailes”
Part 8- Puerto Lopez Puerto Lopez is a fishing village on the northern cost of Ecuador. It’s a popular vacation spot for Ecuadorians which also attracts budget minded international travelers and we loved it! The town has a reasonable beach and a fabulous fish market but it is probably best known for whale watching and theContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Puerto Lopez”
We made the mistake of booking at 6:25am flight from Quito to Manta on New Year’s Day. If I knew then what I know now we would not have done it. New Year’s is a huge party in Quito and no one has any interest in working New Year’s Day. We managed with some difficultyContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Quito to Puerto Lopez”
We were staying in an apartment in the old town not far from Plaza Santo Domingo and our Cotopaxi tour was leaving from Plaza Fosh at 7:00 am. Rather than risking getting lost in the dark again we planned to take a taxi. We set off at 5:45 am giving ourselves time to find aContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador – Cotopaix and New Years”
Our goal for the day was to take the teleferiQo to Cruz Loma at 4100m and then possibly walk up Rucu Pichincha 4680m which is the closest volcano to Quito (it is practically in downtown Quito). I tried using the online bus route planner but I could not figure out how to get there byContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Rucu Pichincha”
We had two major goals for our day. The first was to book a tour to Cotopaxi and the second was to book a taxi to the airport for our flight to Manta. We made the mistake of booking a 6:25 am flight from Quito to Manta on New Year’s Day. New Year’s is aContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Plaza Foch, Ano Viejos and Quito by Bus.”
Sunday is bike day in Quito. They close down many of the streets in the old town and the entire length of Avenida Amazonas, almost 30 km from 8am until 2pm. This was something we had to do. There was only one problem we needed bikes. We set out on Sunday morning and discovered thatContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador Quito Bike Day and Mitad del Mundo”
The town of Otavalo is best known (if you believe the guide books) for its craft market which hits its peak on Saturday mornings. It was Saturday and it’s on the top things to do in Ecuador in both of our guide books so we had to go. You can book a tour but weContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador – Day 2 Otavalo”
We were surfing the internet one day and discovered that flying to Quito on December 25th was a bargain. So we went. We had a blast bumbling our way around a country where people went out of their way to help two clueless Canadians. The next few blog entries chronicle our trip. I would describeContinue reading “Two Clueless Canadians in Ecuador- Quito Day 1”
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