Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy

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    Tips on Ecuador for 2-3 weeks making our way down to Peru!

    Hi Martine ... Ecuador is marvellous and inexpensive. If I had to sum up this wonderful country in a few words "it is so easy to travel independently and the people are so friendly and interesting". It is one of those places where you just "watch" the local people. I just did it from top to bottom in 3 weeks in April and was travelling alone. To give you some idea of how beaut it is - i am in late my 50s and have been a travel agent for 35years. I have seen heaps of the world - Ecuador was the 53rd country i have visited and i reckon it (Ecuador) should have been the first not the 53rd. It blew me away. Enough of my raving on. I assume you must be flying in to Quito and I would recommend you to follow the Andes route as you head south rather than the coast. I walked across the border from Colombia and did the complete Andes/Volcano trail southbound (Ibarra/Cotacachi/Otovalo/Quito/Ambato/Banos/Puyo/Rio Bamba/the train/Guayaquil) and then based on locals recommendations I did the coast (Salinas/Montanito/Puerto Lopez). The coast was disappointing yet I still enjoyed it. Salinas = Miami or the Gold Coast where I am now , Montanito = a small version of Bali , Puerto Montt = sleepy sleepy hollow. Initially I cancelled the idea of visiting Cuena as I was OD on historical towns but ended up spending my last weekend there and am glad I did. Its a unique country as the people and feeling in each city or region is so different. Like Christina, I love the "urban grit" of Guayaquil. Similar to Cali in Colombia it is a city not recommended to tourists - but i thrived on both of these busy,bustling cities yet I can understand why others would hate them. Otovalo as a day trip from Quito - yes its possible but no! way too much travelling. Quito is HUGE in a LONG kind of way. And now that the new bus stations are in operation it can take an hour in a cab ($8-9) just to get to the north bus station before you head off. When are you going to Ecuado ? I have heaps of info on costs etc etc so if you want any more advice let me know. PS ... the food is marvellous - so wholesome and such good value. The 'menu del dia' for lunch is usually $2 or $3 and so tasty. over 9 years ago

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    Where is the best place to stay in Quito?

    Amigo, i recommend a cheapie - the Hotel Viena International in the old town. Location is great, room was comfy 1-2 star standard, friendly staff and about US$21 for a single from memory. I was there in April 2010. I realise that you are looking for something a bit more upmarket but this lovely old place was very clean and Quito is so vibrant i was hardly ever in my room. over 9 years ago