A young English teacher found us wandering the streets of Quito this morning. He was properly dressed – in suit and tie while bopping to tunes with his large earphones. He saw us struggling with a paper map and stopped to give us a hand. Eventually we found our way to a travel agency – made arrangements for the “avenue of volcanoes” tour – the spine of the country south of Quito which boasts some of the tallest volcanoes on the planet including the tallest one in the country, Chimborazo at 6,268 meters.
We stopped in for lunch at Achiote – a traditional Ecuadorian restaurant. We stumbled into this restaurant upon a recommendation and were surprised to find it right next door to our hostal after wandering apparently in a circle for the past hour! Great ceviche (raw fish marinated in limon), Chicha drink (sweet and sour beverage often made from corn or maize) and a fresh fruit salad – deliciousness that only the tropics can deliver.
The old town and the Gran Plaza was a bustle of activity this morning. Thousands of people walking the streets enjoying a relaxing Saturday. We headed up to El Panecillo for great views of most of the city. It sprawls over valleys and hills – with tall mountains on one side. Here is a short video taken from this hill:
Now a rainstorm is crashing down all around us – and I am sitting here in a cozy warm room debating the question: food or comfort? Tough call. Ok – heading out to find some more Ceviche – will brave the downpour!