Hostal La Casona de Mario

Andalucia 213 y Galicia, Quito, Ecuador
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Driving from Quito to Cotopaxi

by mudbilly

We will have a free day in Quito during our vacation and are thinking about renting a car and driving around. We will have about 6 hours. Would this be enough time to drive from the airport to Cotopaxi, do a little sight seeing, and then drive back to the airport.

Or does anyone else have any suggestions of things to do/see. We are not really into the city stuff, museums, etc. We are more into nature things, waterfalls, hiking trails, etc.


bob & rose

Re: Driving from Quito to Cotopaxi

by StephanB

There is a hiking trail called the (I think) Quilatoa loop south of Quito. About 2 hours south, then you head in to the small towns around the loop. There is an amazing volcanic lake to see. It is usually a few day trek or series of bus trips (actually, one leg of the loop I caught a ride on the back of a milk truck), but with a good car, maybe you could do this.

Re: Driving from Quito to Cotopaxi

by suziq999

a) Unless you are experienced at driving in South America I would NOT recommend driving a car. I'd rather drive on the wrong side of the road... lanes are merely suggestions, there's lots of beeping, and all the signs are in Spanish. Just a warning.

b) We bussed it to Cotopaxi. It's around 1-1.5 hours to the turn off, and then around 30 minutes along a one lane road to the volcano. You can go to the Tambopaxi lodge and have lunch and admire the wild horses and hopefully you'll get a view of the volcano. You could probably make it here and back in 6 hours.

c) If you want to spend more time, you can do cooler things... If you have a 4x4 you can drive up to around 15,000 feet up the volcano. That'll take you another half an hour. From there you can hike up to the overnight lodge for those climbing Cotopaxi. This is more of an all day plan though as the hiking is extremely strenuous and at high altitude.

Re: Driving from Quito to Cotopaxi

by Calywa

I definitely do not recommend that you rent a car for a day. I lived in Ecuador for two years and dated a lawyer there. If you get into a car accident, whether it's your fault or not, they will send you to jail and you'll have to get a lawyer and do all this hassle stuff to get out. It's just not worth and, muchless for six hours. I would suggest that you hire a guide for your time there or a personal taxi, this will cost you around six dollars an hour and at MOST- ten dollars an hour, (for being a gringo), this is cheaper than renting a car, and they can pick you up right at the airport, so you don't need to fill out all sorts of paperwork. For a free day you could go to Ambato or Mindo (both like two hours away) or even in and just outside Quito there are a lot of cool places to visit and hike. You can rent horses at the top of the teleferico, which could be fun as well. Good luck and happy travels!

Travel Tips for Quito

Internet Cafe/Meeting Spot

by tejanasueca

Papaya Net is the easiest internet cafe to locate in Mariscal (on Calama). It is a known meeting point for people and they offer an area to sit in an chat, some computers, and food and drink.
Excellent place to go sit write some e-mails while you are eating breakfast. Tends to fill up though, and then the computers might get kinda slow. So, a lot of people just use it as a meeting spot and then go to another place to use the internet.

Any hostel, store in Mariscal should be able to give you exact directions (It is at the corner of Calama and Juan Leon Mera).

You never know whom you might meet

by b1bob

Mark acemj and I had planned on principle to meet in Quito, but he had trouble getting here. Between a runway mishap closing down the airport canceling his first go and fog closing the airport for the second, I doubted we could ever get together on this trip and I all but gave up on the idea. When I turned the corner at the Mercado Artesanal, there was Mark. He, Sergio, and I talked for about 15 minutes and we made plans to get together the following day. We couldn't have it work that way if we has planned it. Ironically, when we did affirmatively try to meet, it never worked out.

On my last full day on holiday here, another local friend named Esteban Cordero whom I had known for 6 years, organised a meeting at the last minute. At first, I thought we would be meeting for supper in the Plaza Foch. However, he had business nearby and we met for lunch instead. We found each other at the Coffee Tree and walked down calle Mariscal Foch for about a block to the Magic Bean, a restaurant Sergio recommended. Esteban and I had a nice long and relaxed lunch there. The waiter was good enough to take a photo of Esteban and me together.

The New Years Widows

by malianrob

No, you big silly, they are not real widows, and no they are not cross dressers.
It is a tradition to "burn the old year" at midnight. People will make a dummy out of newspaper, dress it up in old clothes (mens clothes) and at midnight burn this "ano viejo".
The real men dress up as women and everyone calls them " Las viudas" (the widows) and they go up and down the street asking for hand outs "donations". The tradition would be to give them some coins to "bury the Viejo". In reality its probably to buy some alcohol for the party. Its all done in good fun so dont be alarmed. This goes on all day and night and its alot of fun to watch.

Horseriding on Pichincha

by mikey_e

One of the features of the tourist sites on Pichincha is a small herd of horses on which tourists can take rides all the way up to the crater of the mountain. There are several Ecuadorian guides who take tourists on horse back up the narrow track and also around the various lower reaches of the peak, where there are small buildings and churches. You shouldn't expect to be able to gallop around the area, as the horses are always lead around by the guides, but it is a good option to get a nice series of views from the higher portions of the mountain without tiring yourself out too much. Good shoes are probably not terribly important for riding on the horses, but layered clothing, sunscreen and a hat or something to cover your head are all advisable. Oh, and probably also extra comfy pants, since the track is rather bumpy.

the plaza with no people

by richiecdisc

If you find the main plazas like Grande or San Francisco a bit too crowded, just head south towards the statue of La Virgen de Quito. I guess since this was reputed to be a dangerous part of town no tourists come this way. Actually, there were few people of any kind in this part of town despite it being a very pretty square right next to El Calle Ronda. It was a gorgeous day and we were tempted to walk straight up to the statue even though this has a dangerous reputation as well. Who knows maybe by our next visit they have armed police all the way to the top of El Pancello!


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