Posted: July 23, 2011 in Ecuador

Bike all fixed up, I’m making my way south. I’m riding down to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and then hitting the coast as I haven’t seen the ocean and haven’t felt much warmth in a while.

On the way, this is the kind of scenery I see.

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And a few hours down, I get to the middle of the earth. The actual equator line. But somehow I can’t get a 0.0.0 reading on the GPS.

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I quickly find out that this is the old park and that the new one with the real 0.0.0 is a few meters down the road.

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Here we go

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Right before the 0 line, I stopped at a restaurant for some cheese and coffee. The owner there told me about a small town near by where I could find hot springs and local indigenous people living. He said it’s close by… as in 30 min or so. It took me 30 min to get to this small town in the picture, but from here another hour in cold and rain to get to the one he was talking about. If you want town names and locations BTW, just click on the images and you’ll get a little map in flicker showing you where the images were taken.

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All worth it though. The springs were amazing and the town super nice and quiet.

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The hostel owner’s son had this guy as a pet. And BTW, there are no signs for the hostel, you have to ask around. You’ll get pointed to a nice newly built wooden house.

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The road you gotta take to get to the town

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And the views… at over 3000m altitude.

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On the way back, there was a show put on by different schools. Kids, men and women wearing cultural clothing and dancing

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Quito coming up soon…

  1. E- says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Bravo!

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