Ecuador: Straddling two hemispheres

Photo gallery and Travelogue

Part 1: General

Chapter 1: Voy a Ecuador!
Chapter 2: Ecuador, on the Equator: Summary post
Chapter 3: A tourist guide to public transportation in Quito
Ecuadorean Food

Part 2: Quito

Chapter 1: Why is Quito a UNESCO World Heritage city?
Chapter 2: Time travel in Quito
Chapter 3: Bird’s eye view of Quito
Chapter 4: Independence Square: Ecuador’s centre of power
Chapter 5: La Mariscal aka Gringo land


Part 3: Otavalo and the northern Andes

Chapter 1: Ecuador’s Andean North
Chapter 2: The line that split the Earth
Chapter 3: Stumbling across Bizcochos of Cayambe
Chapter 4: Tale of two lovers: a tree and a lake
Chapter 5: Hitchchiking to laguna Cuicocha, the guinea pig lake
Chapter 6: Shopping for leather in Cotacachi
Chapter 7: Three lakes emerge as two volcanoes die
Chapter 8: Hiking to Fuya Fuya
Chapter 9: Dear diary: I don’t want to be here
Chapter 10: Sell a cow, buy some sheep, but don’t get depressed at the animal market
Chapter 11: Disappointing touristy fare at Otavalo’s saturday artisan market

Part 4: Latacunga

Chapter 1: Under the shadow of a volcano
Chapter 2: Cotopaxi volcano’s south face
Chapter 3: In search of an authentic rural market at Saquisili

Part 5: Baños

Chapter 1: Baños for tourists
Chapter 2: Hiking in Baños
Chapter 3: Ruta de las Cascadas
Chapter 4: Finding the perfect glass of sugarcane juice

Part 6: Quilotoa Loop

Chapter 1: There is always a bus in Ecuador
Chapter 2: Village hopping in the Quilotoa loop
Chapter 3: Hiking through Andean hills
Chapter 4: The curious case of collapsing volcanic craters

Part 7: Cuenca

Chapter 1: Cuenca’s Historic downtown
Chapter 2: Advancing the ‘urbanidad’: A new church every week

Part 8: Guayaquil

Chapter 1: Iguanas of Guayaquil
Chapter 2: Occupy waterfront: Malecon 2000

Author: Priyank

Traveller, musician, blogger, bureaucrat. In that order. I'm very interested in trying new things and my interests are diverse. Food, people, places, technologies - I like them all. Whatever I do, I approach life with optimism and strive to make each day happy and fruitful.

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