Saturday, July 21, 2012
Wednesday This was Bill and Verdas last day in Ecuador. We got a guy in Cotacachi to drive us to Quito in his van for $50, so we split it. We got dropped off at the bus terminal so we could get a bus to Latacunga. For a little bit, I thought we were in an episode of Amazing Race. There were no ticket windows that said Latacunga, and everyone we asked just yammered at us in super fast Spanish. It was pretty dicey until we figured out that we had to go to a different bus terminal. One taxi driver told us he would take us for $30. You know me, I uttered a few choice words that I don't know the Spanish for, but another man approached us and offered to take us for $10. It turned out that Quito is a very, very large city, and the new bus terminal in the south was about as far away from the terminal where we were as you can get. It did, in fact, take us an hour to get there, but once there, it was a piece of torte. The bus to Ambato was comfortable and the views were incredible. Cotopaxi is the largest volcano in Ecuador and it is a grand sight. Staying in a sleazy hotel for $26 per night. It's clean and has tv and wi-fi. But scratch Ambato off the list of possibles. Loud, lots of crazy traffic-kind of a 42nd Street and Broadway feel. Not at all "tranquillo.". We will be out of here first thing in the am.