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What to do before or after your Galapagos cruise

Posted by in Places,Quito | January 3, 2013
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The destination most visited in Ecuador by foreign travelers is hands down the Galapagos Islands. A destination high on many bucket lists, the Galapagos are a magical, mystical, wonderful grouping of islands sure to provide the backdrop to an unforgettable experience. But we’re not here to talk about the islands this time….sigh….

Many folks we chat with on travel forums are asking questions like:
“What to do with 3 days in Quito”
“Need Pre-Galapagos Itinerary Suggestions”
“What to do before or after my Galapagos cruise”
“Day trips from Quito”
“Post Galapagos Cruise suggestions”
…you get the idea

I have answered dozens of these posts and started feeling like a broken record so I thought I’d record my suggestions here for all to see!

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Life on the EcoVia

Posted by in Quito,Typical Ecuador | October 12, 2012
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Life on the EcoVia follows a relatively regular schedule…although, I have yet to figure out what the schedule is! The giant red bus-train screams along its designated lane…except when it crawls along it…or when a line of cars with black-out windows carries a dignitary along the same path or when a passenger screams out to have the driver brake because his arm has been shut in the doors, or when a motorcyclist decides he’s had enough of the city traffic and chooses the “private” route of the EcoVia instead of common city roads…you get the picture. The “eco-friendly” transportation line continues on at its own pace, spewing diesel fumes along its route that dye the walls black.

Sometimes four of them will pass by, so crammed full of commuters that I think not one of them can breathe yet, without fail, more hopeful passengers cram themselves into seemingly impossible spaces. I usually choose to wait as I have not yet become comfortable with the thought of cramming my face into someone else’s armpit.

Oh, but when you finally get on the Eco Via! Oh what a world awaits.

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Behold My Street!!!

Posted by in Places,Quito | July 27, 2012
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Will the construction never end?!?!?!