Cuy = Guinea Pig
The local delicacy in the Ecuadorian Sierra, and throughout much of the andes, is 'Cuy'.
Cuy is guinea pig. It is cooked several different ways, including deep fat fry, grill, or rotisserie. I have not yet tasted this 'treat', so I can't give any advice on whether or not it is a good choice...
Ambato the land of my grandfather
I didnt spend much time in Ambato. This is where my grandfather is originally from but the family moved to Quito so we never spend alot of time here. I was curious to check out Ambato.
To be honest, i didnt care for it much. It was congested with people and it is a busy city. There is alot going on here. The streets are small and absolutely crowded with people and cars.
The city sits on the banks of the Rio Ambato. It is also the capital of the Tungurahua Province.
Check out my travelogue for some pictures of Ambato.
Ambato, at the heart of Ecuador
Ambato is a quite busy town, most of it rebuilt after an earthquake 60 years ago. Then, it became famous for its Carnival parades on "Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas", honoring the interesting production of fruits and flowers they have due to its spring weather. And it is on the way to Banios, so why not stop by and check?
Ambato - the city of Fruits and Flowers
Ambato is a fairly large city in the Andes, about 3 hours south of Quito. The city is compact, and the streets are narrow.
The climate in Ambato is warmer than chilly quito, but still spring-like all the time.
Except the museum, there is nothing to see here !
Dirty, empty, without any interest, except for the museum (see travelogue)...
To our opinion, Ambato is not a good place to stay, even for one night...
But we had the pleasure to watch a wonderful local moovie "El Cholo" during our trip back to Latacunga, and THAT was really entertaining (have you never seen the "supposed chicano bad guy" beat the blond American up ???)
Sale, vide, sans interet (sauf l'aspect morbide du petit musee de sciences naturelles - cf travelogue sur cette page). A notre avis, Ambato ne vaut pas la peine qu'on s'y arrete.
Mais, on a eu la joie de decouvrir, en en revenant par bus, le film "El Cholo" (qui veut dire "la gueule des Andes", en gros... ) et ca, c'etait bien (imaginez le beau blond americain se prendre une rouste par le sud*-americain pas beau avec un bandana !!!)