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Places Of Interest In Quito, Ecuador The capital town of Ecuador is actually Quito - a beautiful place built high up with in the lake. For those with a head for heights go ahead and take telefonica cable car upward from the base of the Pinchincha volcano for fantastic views of the city. At 2,800m above sea level the altitude in the city itself does take a little getting used to! Quito is split in to 2 quite distinct parts - old as well as new. Quito old town is very stunning and very European in feel - lots in the event that big plazas, beautiful church buildings , narrow cobbled streets surrounded by pastel coloured buildings. The brand new town offers more of the features , tourist stores , banks, tour operators, luxurious hotels, restaurants and bars but its appearance has nothing on the old town. Most people choose to stay in the brand new town because it is safer at night and closer to backpacker nightlife. Just 30k outside of Quito is Mitad del Mundo - the centre of the earth (you can catch up bus in the north coach station located in between the old and new quarter of the city) - Ecuador's location on the equator line is the origin of its title. Mitad del Mundo is a monument erected on what had been thought to be the site where zero degrees longitude meets zero degrees latitude. Unfortunately for that monument builders it ended up years later that the actual point exactly where this occurs is actually c. 200m away from the monument - but it is definitely still a fun spot to visit and also to take the obligatory photos at the 'centre of the earth'. There's quite an interesting museum inside the monument regarding all the indigenous communities within Ecuador - there are many a lot more than you might think! The wonderful Papallacta hot springs are situated just 67k east of Quito, on the route drawn in 1542 by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco del Orellana as he crossed the Andes mountain range in order to discover the amazon River. At 3,300 metres over sea degree the sights from the coronary heart of the Andes mountains are incredible - be prepared for a rather andrenalin stuffed bus journey though and people with a concern with heights should not take the eye-port seat! the hydrothermal worth of the Papallacta springs is due to their location between two volcanoes Cayambe & Antisana - the comes termperature at source differs from 30 levels to seventy degrees and also at the pools from 36-40 desgrees. A highlight associated with any trip to Ecuador is actually sitting in an all natural hot swimming pool , carved from the rock, surrounded by the water that is attracted to the tops of the Andes - it will really consider your breath away. The Ecuadorian healthcare association certifies that the seas have medicinal benefits with a beautiful health spa complex and a multitude of massages and remedies to choose from at bargain costs you are certain to come out sensation like a new person. You will need to stay starightaway as the complex is a long distance from any thing else - there are spending budget options at the foot of the road as much as the health spa (a d. 2 mile road upward ) the health spa itself offers 32 rooms with heating system , open fires , private lavatories and their own private hot spring pools. Find some backpacker friends in Quito and head up as a group to save on expenses. From Quito you are able to fly out to the Galapagos which assuming you have the cash should not be missed!! the Galapagos are a stunning islands over 1000km off the Ecuadorian coast. These people live upward and surpass all anticipation - which being generally based on beautifully shot wildlife programmes are very high! the only downside is that a 1 week trip will prob set you back any thing from £1k - £1.5k - but if you can find the money its worth it. The wildlife here is therefore abundant & so aware of the human creatures that exist with that towards the end of your weeks stay you become almost blaze about seated eating your own dinner with a sea lion at your ft ! Excitement over the experiences to come builds as soon as you step off the plane & walk across the runway to the 'aiport' (wooden shack covered in tarpaulin) stepping over sleeping iguanas, enjoying the heat of the tarmack, as you go. The wildlife is actually amazing and you will get closer than you ever imagined - through blue footed boobies to giant tortoises, pelicans, penguins, flamingos, iguanas, sharks, whales and whales - it will blow your mind! the various eco methods on each island are fascinating and when you can get yourself on a land tour which enables you to stay on some of the larger islands rather than simply doing the work with the public on a 'cruise' type trip it is worthwhile. Do not miss the many highlights on the island of Isabella such as walking across a lava area and via lava tunnels (make sure you look for any volcano warnings although - this one's still very energetic !). Top suggestion - be sure you get the passport stamp - it has to end up being one of otherwise the best in the world....we won't wreck the shock ! From the terminal terrestre in the old town of Quito you can get a coach to the little mountain capital of scotland - Latacunga - here you are able to organise trips to the Cotopaxi volcano as well as Quilatoa lake (we reserved with Tovar expeditions as well as were very well looked after - email@example.com ). Cotopaxi volcano is spectacular & picture perfect - ask a young child to draw you a volcano as well as their initiatives would seem like Cotopaxi! you'll be able to climb the volcano - for the much less adventurous you are able to take the path (a vertical one at 4,800m altitude) to base camping and from there reach the start of glaciers. Alternatively if you're upward for a problem - you are able to opt to stay at base camping over night as well as scale the summit at 4am with crampons - a great problem & encounter ! Lake Quilatoa is stunning - a sunken crater lake filled with very welcoming but utterly toxic turquoise waters & surrounded by grazing alpacas. The journey through Latacunga to the lake is among the best in south usa , with stunning scenery as well as offering uncommon insights to the indigenous communities passed on the way. The next destination is actually Riobamba where one can board the spectacular teach - the Diablo Nariz (devils nasal area ) the sights from this teach journey are stunning but it is departure occasions are unpredictable and the town itself provides very little so check this prior to arrival. One worth while expedition from Riobamba is the mountain bike trip up Chimborazzo - Ecuadors highest volcano at 6 ,300m to the summit. The walk to the top isn't as steep as Cotopaxi so despite the higher altitude it is an simpler walk upward. The sights as you mountain bike lower Chimborazzo are stunning but be ready for a bumpy trip ! The little spa capital of scotland - Banos is very well worth a visit - do not expect a lot from the bathing themselves but the town is filled with character as well as for those who enjoy horse riding there are some beautiful trips in the surrounding area. Cuenca is the third biggest city in Ecuador after Quito & Guayaquil - it has a very western feel into it with spacious green plazas & stunning churches. A further bus trip south is the riverside capital of scotland - Loja - a convenient spot to stop moving toward gorgeous Vilcabamba but offering little to determine. Close to the border with Peru is the backpacker destination of Villcabamba - an incredible place to relax for a few days (or weeks!) prior to taking on Peru. There are some great places to stay such as the Rumi Wilko environmentally lodge on the banks of the river. Swimming in the river , walking the mountain paths , horse riding as well as bargain massages all make this place an Ecuador highlight. 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