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a square in downtown Quitoa square in downtown Quito

Bust of the more popular Presidente AlfaroBust of the more popular Presidente Alfaro

Façade of the Carmen Alto ChurchFaçade of the Carmen Alto Church

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Quito to Lima

by AussieMum45

Hi, staying in Quito for a week and doing spanish lessons each afternoon. Looking for things to do and see in the morning. Any suggestions?
Also, taking bus from Quito to Lima. Information on how to do this and schedules would be appreciated.

Re: Quito to Lima

by ElDesierto

Hello,

If you are in a hurry to get to Lima, then you should be able to get a long distance bus from either Quito or Guayaquil. If not, you will most likely have to get a bus to Guayaquil, cross the border at Huaquillas/Aquas Verdes and obtain transport at Aquas Verdes into Tumbes. No problem getting a Lima bus from Tumbes.

If you are not in a hurry to get to Lima, and you have the time to travel inland and stop at interesting towns and places, then the information below should help you to plan your journey (I wrote the paragraph below for someone traveling north from Lima to Ecuador. Read from the bottom-up, reverse the compass directions and see if it works for you).

If you want to stay on the Pan Americana (the coastal route is the quickest, but also the least interesting route), a nice place to stopover (north of Lima) is Trujillo/Huanchaco (situated a few miles north of Trujillo, Huanchaco is famous for surfing and reed boats). The archaeological site of Chan Chan is also an easy day trip from Trujillo.
I recommend that you get off the coast as you head north from Trujillo and head inland to Cajamarca. This is where Pizarro imprisoned Atahualpa and held him for ransom. Travel northeast from Cajamarca to Chachapoyas and visit the ancient fortress of Kuelap, midway between Celendin and Chachapoyas.
Further north along the coast, the city of Piura is interesting. It is also home to many of the best Peruvian cumbia and technocumbia music groups. Back on the coast, midway between Piura and Tumbes lies Mancora. Mancora is a great place to relax on the beach, with good waves, beachside lodging and cheap restaurants in town.
After crossing the border into Ecuador, head inland to Cuenca if you have the time. Cuenca is a very nice colonial city in the sierra, situated at 2,500 meters.

Good luck,
ElDesierto

Re: Quito to Lima

by AussieMum45

Hi
Thanks for all the info. It is great to know what to look at on the way down. Not sure how much of a hurry we will be in by that time but will certainly try to get to see some of the places you spoke of.
Thanks Again
Monica

Travel Tips for Quito

Amazonas

by Sagespot

Take time to walk up and down Avenida Amazonas. You can find just about anything and everything on this street. It begins with the huge stone archway at the north end of Parque El Ejido and goes all the way north to the airport. But really all you need is between the park and Avenida Cristobal Colon. You can find travel agencies, banks, restaurants, modern hotels, and out of this world coffee shops to sit and people watch. What I miss the most when I think about my trip to Quito was sitting in this tiny coffee house off the Avenida Amazonas. I used to go daily for a dark rich cup of joe with raw sugar sprinkled in. I believe they also had computers available.

Tour Operator

by acemj

If you're looking to book a tour of the one of the many great destinations in Ecuador, you'll have plenty of choices when it comes to tour operators. A quick stroll around La Mariscal will reveal window after window advertising packages to the Galapagos, Cotopaxi, Mindo, Cuenca and more. I decided to just walk into one and have a conversation and it turned out to be a great stroke of luck. Travel SA is located at the corner of Reina Victoria and Pinto and they'll take their time mapping out a customized trip of whatever it is you're interested in seeing.

We had a good guide who basically just drove us around and did everything at our pace (no annoyingly early wake up calls). He was very flexible with changing plans at our whims and just going with the flow (which is what a vacation should be all about!). The vehicle was safe and relatively comfortable and was capable of navigating the sometimes awful roads in the Andes and get us where we needed to go. They even let us drive when we felt like it.

Just give them what they want

by CrazyShoes

Since their economy collapsed a few years ago, all of Ecuador uses US money now. The coins they use are Ecuadorian. It is relatively cheap to shop in Quito. Bank machines are hit and miss. Some will work, some won't like you, who knows. You'll probably get an escort by an armed guard at the ATM.

Soccer

by acemj

Club Deportivo El Nacional (usually just called "El Nacional") is a local professional soccer team that plays in the stadium pictured here, Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa, which is located at 2800 meters above sea level. The team is one of the most successful local teams with a total of thirteen championships. The other local teams are Sociedad Deportiva Aucas from the south of the city, and Liga Deportiva Universitaria (known as just "Liga") and the Sociedad Deportivo Quito.

From what I gathered, most people seem to root for either El Nacional or Liga and like in all of Latin America, soccer is the king of sports.

Arco de la Reina

by mikey_e

I'm not exactly sure of the story behind this feature of Quito's colonial architecture, but it does look like this was once the entrance to the colonial city. Indeed, it is located at one of the edge of the colonial core of the capital, right beside Iglesia del Carmen Alto, and is not really in the tourist circuit. Nevertheless, it is an interesting addition to the city's landscape, and the burnt squash colour adds another tone to the city's palate.

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