Sunday, 17 April 2011

FuFu Travel - Exploring Ecuador V

After breakfast, Estefan and me went to the Embassy of Colombia to triple confirm if a Malaysian needs to apply visa to enter Colombia, since the staff asked me to check about the visa stuff when we called to reserve a seat to Cali, Colombia the night before.

Result : A Malaysian Passport holder doesn't need to apply visa to Colombia.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
04/02/2011

FuFu Exploring Latin America
Ecuador - Part Five | 29th Jan - 5th Feb 2011

After that, Estefan left to his workshop and i started my own adventure around the city. Here is the financial district of Quito, in between of the Carolina Park.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Carolina Park is one of the largest parks in Quito.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Here you can see many high-rise buildings.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Estefan told me that Ecuadorian's ceviche is very different with what i had tried in Qrequipa, Peru. Hence i gave it a try when i spotted a stall selling ceviche de chochos.

Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Ceviche de chochos (beans, grilled corns and platano's chips with onion and many toppings). USD 0.80. Very salty. But will be nice if the sauce is not that strong. Chochos are the white beans you can see from the pictures.

Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Yeah the airport is very near.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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There's a Japanese pavilion for no reason.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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The park is really HUGE. Everywhere you go, definitely you would find different landscape. GOOD.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Continued my walking to the downtown.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Street performance. Also a common view in Latin America. Just within 30seconds when the light is RED, a guy would perform at the zebra line and after that a partner of him will collect money from the drivers.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Clear! Precise! Easy!
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Avenida Rio Amazonas has a very nice pedestrian walk path, sharing with cyclist.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Came to Colon, where you can find all sort of restaurants, bars and clubs.
Colon, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Colon, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Colon, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Colon, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Colon, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Colon, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Estefan highly recommended National Museum - Central Bank of Ecuador. No pictures allowed inside the museum, so i took one at the entrance. Many nice collections of pottery, ceramics, shells, money made by gold and copper, etc. It's FOC.

Casa de la Cultura, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Casa de la Cultura, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Took bus to Ejido Park from Casa de la Culture.
Casa de la Cultura, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Basically, the city doesn't have that many private car. What makes the traffic worse is the number of taxi!!! Obviously, if you ever go to Quito or other major cities here in Latin America, you will realise that taxi plays a very important role carrying people here and there. Probably, it is affordable and comfortable than taking public transportation.

Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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The bus i wanna take had arrived! The bus here is quite organised. Enter in the front and get off at the back. Well it is only for Metrobus because local buses that snaking through the city is very flexible. I mean you can get into the bus from every point you are standing and get off the bus anywhere by just yelling at the bus driver.

Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Another nice park close to the downtown.
Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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The elderly people will gather at the park playing chess, cards, etc. Also they will play volleyball at the park. lol
Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Pollo + papas + chorizo (chicken + potatos + sausage), USD 1.25. Love the chicken!!!!
Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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A station of the trolley bus! One single fare trip is USD 0.25. Pretty cheap! And the trolley bus is always packed with people. Upper-middle class people definitely wouldnt like to be trapped inside the bus and choose taxi or driving their own cars moving around. It's not easy to plan a transportation system that could cater all needs.

Parque Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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The trolley bus system is duplicate model learnt from Curitiba, Brazil. Quito has a slightly better system because the trolley bus is an electric bus.
Ejido, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Early dinner of the day. Churrasco with eggs (main dish), avocado soup and fresh orange juice, USD1.50.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Soup with avocado, potato, beans and corns. YUMMY.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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San Fancisco Church.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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San Fancisco Church, one of the most beautiful churches in Quito.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Santo Domingo Church.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Nice church!!!!!
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Heads of little kids can be commonly found in every church in Quito.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Planned to go up this hill visiting the Virgin but the weather didnt allow me to do so. Also i couldnt find a way up there. So, i walked back to the downtown again.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Thought must be the Chinese New Year decoration, because of the colour seen from afar. When i got closer, i saw hearts... ops Valentine's day is just around the corner.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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San Francisco Church.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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San Francisco Church.
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Gorgeous!
Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Centro, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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I think this is a very good way to educate the passengers.
Estaciao La Y, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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''Parada Actual : Colon, Siguiente Parada : La Y''

I personally like the announcement made in the trolley bus and metro bus in Quito. Clear! Because even i dont know Spanish, i somehow know they are telling this station is Colon, next station is La Y.

Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Vegetarian dinner. Once after the hot shower, food was served on the table. Didnt know Ecuadorian like vegetarian meat (made by corn flour) like Chinese too.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Fabricio's father was playing Ecuadorian guitar.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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With Fabricio's parents.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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A comfy room. Thanks for hosting FuFu for 4nights in Quito!
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Breakfast before going to take bus to Cali, Colombia. Ecuadorian coffee is really yummy!
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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A huge three-storey house!
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Josue, Frabricio's youngerst brother. He had salsa class in the morning, so he couldnt send me off. But nice still we were in the car for couples of minutes.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Gonna miss Ecuador!
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Yanara, Fabricio's sister. A nice girl.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Estefan, Fabricio's brother. He speaks very good English. Basically he was the one who told me everything about Quito.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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I asked them to leave because the bus from Lima, eru would be arriving Quito an hour later. Before they left, i requested a picture together.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Happy because they sent me off. We could see each other sooner hopefully.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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To kill the one hour, instead of sitting at the bus company, i had my own leisure stroll at Carolona Park.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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The weather was really good.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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I asked why this lovely neighbourhood is surrounded the airport. The people wont find it noisy since it is the international airport with numerous of planes getting off and landing. Estefan told me, well actually this neighbourhood is developed around the airport and the local people have used to it already. Anyway, none of my business, and it is good as i could enjoy seeing the plane landing at the park also.

Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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It is really packed of people cycling and jogging around the park.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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From the park, you also could see many high-rise buildings, this area is the financial district.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Basketball courts and football fields were all ocupied at 10:30am.
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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See the black smoke from the diesel bus?
Parque Carolina, Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Pedestrian first then handicapped people, cyclist, bus user and lastly private car. But the concept couldnt be injected into the citizens in Quito, well basically all over the world (exeption in some developed countries).

Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Still waiting for the bus! Had nothing to do, and no one at the bus stop, so now you see this picture! lol
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Ormeño, bringing passengers from Brazil, to Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Finally the bus arrived an hour later.
Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador
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Lunch. Water : FOC, refilled at Fabricio's house. Bread : USD0.85.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Generally i dont eat more when travelling from one place to another place by bus.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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At a small town an hour from Quito, Ecuador.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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A very nice roundabout.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Panamericano Road!!!!
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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I will always request for a window seat, be it plane, train or bus. Because you can always enjoy how nicely the painting of the sky while travelling. Definitely one of my best ways to kill the time.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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The bus driver was feeding the bus before feeding his stomach. And we were brought to an expensive restaurant. Lucky i had well prepared my own lunch, snacks and dinner!
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Omeñeo, the international express bus, has a bad service! No movies for the first 8hrs, until a lady asked the driver to insert her DVD to the DVD player! Unless, we watched a nice movie (in Spanish) while having our dinner.

From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Not a royal class bus though!! No TV. No Music. Toilet is dirty.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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The currency is in US dollar. So is our petro considered cheap or expensive?
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Snack time!
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Platana chips with lemonade!
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia

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Ecuador has different landscape. Greener than those i have been seeing in Argentina, Chile and Peru.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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The sun was hiding behind the cloud!
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Stev, from Lima, Peru was headint o Cali too. He had never seen an Asian guy travelling alone and i was the first he met. He had no camera and asked me to snap this and gave me his contact to keep in touch. Yeah so the next time when i go back to Lima, Peru i would have another friend to take care of me.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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The toilet in the northern part of Ecuador, close to Colombia, is very disgusting. Just like those bathroom you would see in the remote area of developing countries. One thing good is the mirror is clean enough for me to snap this picture! lol
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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If the weather was good, i guess this picture would be breathtaking.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Gonna leave Ecuador in ten minutes.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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At the bridge heading to Colombian territory.
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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Dinner, biscuits (USD1.25) and bread (USD0.30)!
From Quito (ASL : average 2850m), Ecuador to Cali, Colombia
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13 comments:

小雪 said...

街景很美
食物就很难想象。。。
从外面拍到窗子的那张是我的最爱

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I miss long bus journeys in South America!

十六 said...

市區看起來真的很乾淨哦
南美洲的大都會很多都在高海拔的地方
一定很涼爽吧

Somewhere in Singapore said...

So envy u, get to travel to so many countries...

JiaXin said...

the environment look lik so nice
all the building are so colourful^^
the food was so yummy!!
ps : i lik to eat, so jz focus on food..haha..=D

Bananazஇ said...

Love the San Fancisco Church and the food is yummy. tQ for sharing.

嘿嘿 said...

帅哥美景心情佳,
绿水青山天气好!

Sendo said...

woah, interesting! that Ceviche de chochos sure looks tasty huh!

豆腐 said...

What's Ceviche de chochos ? Look alike salad...taste nice?

Haha...i think u have a great and amazing trip at there... =)

Che-Cheh said...

Lovely purple hue sky.

Enjoyed reading your experience in Ecuador.

小闷瓜 said...

呵呵,黑眼镜好抢眼
天空的蓝天白云那样 美!

oLive said...

very nice scenery...
very nice, ur life... =D

Emmanuel Quick said...

the environment look lik so nice all the building are so colourful^^ the food was so yummy!! ps : i lik to eat, so jz focus on food..haha..=D