There is an intangible element to travel and adventure, a force that compels one forward, stretching the boundaries between the known and the unknown, The feeling one gets when boarding a plane to sites unseen, the excitement of finding an undiscovered destination, the joy of standing in a small Andean town surrounded by vast stretches of lush green mountains all stem from this vague but welcome element.
There is a lot on the travel forums about Quito.. Not much of it is good. I tend to take a slight offense at this as I have lived here for a few years and love the diversity and different areas of the city. Old Town, Guapalo, and many other areas of the city are definitely a reflection of Quito as a whole. This is something I didn´t really get when I first arrived as I needed to travel around the country to see the different people and places to understand the city and the people who move here for work and to live. Ask any taxi driver where their from or your waiter or waitress at a restaurant and you will be amazed at the places that people have moved from.. The coast, the orient, the mountains, everyone has a story to tell about why they came to Quito.
A few months ago the great people at Indy Travel Podcast agreed to let me write a guest post about Project DCR.. That article will be up on the site on the 9th! Click on the picture for my article about travel resources in Ecuador in the meantime!
Going out in Quito is an experience for anyone who has been on the road and is looking for good food and fun places. Having worked a lot of my life in restaurants and kitchens, part of travelling is finding those spots that offer really good food and is reasonable for a backpacking budget. Here … Read more
I was visiting friends here who own a great hostel in Cotopaxi called the Secret Garden over the last few days and had some time to just relax with a group of twenty travellers. When we compared notes about places to visit, almost always the guide books came out and people had questions.
The guide books are just that, guides. They offer an outline from when the writers visited and even though they try their best, they don’t offer the whole picture.