I traveled to Quito, Ecuador last month and managed to squeeze a little bit of everything into a short 4 days thanks to a good friend who’s local. Here’s how we spent each day:
Day 1: Quito
Oswaldo Guayasamín‘s Art Gallery
Centre of Quito
Day 2: The Drive to the Jungle
We spent all of day 2 making our journey to the jungle. I shouldn’t really say jungle. It is more the ceja de selva (which means “eyebrow of the jungle”), not the deep jungle. But nonetheless, I was amazed.
We drove all the way to this little town called Tena, which was actually much bigger than I anticipated. We stayed overnight at Orchard’s Paradise aka Monkey’s Paradise. The eco-lodge was close to a river and featured a nice restaurant serving typical jungle food. There were also monkeys running around and trees galore. We decided to spend some time in Tena where we had a couple beers and booked our excursion for the next day.
Travel Tip: Don’t settle for the first tour company you see. Every group does similar things and prices ARE negotiable. You can bargain your way to a good deal.
Spending the night in the jungle was quite an experience. I had never seen so many large flying bugs and the jungle sounds were so loud, but they didn’t keep me up. In fact, I kinda of liked all the nature sounds. I can’t even imagine what staying in the deep jungle would be like.
Day 3: Jungle Adventures
crossed rivers with ropes,
jumped of huge boulders into the river,
saw enormous blue butterflies
and ate lunch with the locals.
On the drive back from the jungle, we stopped at the Jumandi caves to do a quick tour. This was probably the most touristy of all the attractions, but you understand why once you enter the cave.
Travel Tip: Bring a pair of athletic shorts that dry quickly for you to walk around in. You will get wet!
Our last stop on the drive back to Quito were the Termas de Papallacta, a small hot spring resort where we soaked the day away. One of the pools was so hot I couldn’t even get in! Definitely worth checking out, plus they have hotel rooms and a spa….
Day 4: Middle of the Earth
Our last day in Ecuador was spent visiting the Country Club, the Middle of the Earth and enjoying a quick home BBQ before catching our flight back to Lima.
Travel Tip: Bring a hat and water to the middle of the earth… It’s incredibly hot and I felt like passing out. But it’s pretty cool with loads of physics experiments. Who doesn’t wanna play with some polar forces?
4 days in Ecuador is not nearly enough time to see everything, although we did manage to cram a lot in there. I feel like I have to go back again, and this time to visit the coastline and the Galapagos Islands.
Next stop? Brazil!