Sitting here sipping on a longneck ($1 US) in an internet cafe around the corner from Crossroads (Hostel Lamby and Sam put us onto) in Quito (Ecuador).
We?ve just got back from an overnight stay in Otavongo, actually a place a few k?s out called La Luna. We were sick of the city after only one day…
It?s a quiet little hostel in the hills run by a really nice couple, a bit like dReamers back home in Mt Beauty, an awesome view an not much to do but a few bush walks and take it easy (over a couple of beers and some nice food). Stark contrast to the hustle and bustle that we?ve been through so far.
The 12 hour stay in Lima on the way was… interesting, admittedly we only saw the stretch from the airport to the hostel and back but it wasn?t pleasent, slums that bordered on shanty towns and very dirty… the air is so heavy with polution it?s painted everything grey. I?m so glad we organsied the pickup as the Lima airport was a shit fight and a half… a wall of Peruvians all offering you a lift, our saviour was a little dude called Santos who promptly got us to the hostel. The drive there interesting, the streets are bloody loose at around midnight… a gringo wouldn?t last long I?d imagine.
Anyhow the rest of getting to Quito was easy, the airport and the rest of Quito is alot nicer, we spent the first day having a look around, we found this really nice park full of Equitorians. Apparently Sunday is family fun day and the park was a hive of activity, people playing soccer, vollyball and some form of marbles that they bet on. The kids had these cool pedal cars and zoomed around, there was little food stalls and a bit of a flea market selling crafts. We got stung by one stall who wouldn?t take no for an answer once we took interest in her paintings, we ended up getting them for less than half the initial price she asked for but it was a bit more than we expected.
That night we ate out a the “Taco Factory” with the other people in our dorm room, 2 poms and an interesting young guy from Denmark, was an interesting enough night which we capped off with some cocktails with the Denmark dude.
We spent the next morning organising a mountain bike day (Decent down a volcano from 4800 metres to 2000 unfortunatly no duelies) trip which is tomorrow and climbing Cotapaxi (the world highest active volcano) the next 2 days) this is why we?re back here again.
After the Cotapaxi climb we?re heading south toward Huaraz, we?re looking forward to spending some more time out of the cities and some more rides and climbs.