|Despite the fact that Quito is only 22km south of the equator, the climate here is spring like all year round as Quito is 2800 metres above sea level. Very warm and pleasant. We came here as quick as we could to try and sort out a trip to the Galapagos. Everything however is booked until the 13th August, so as we fly to Santiago on the 9th August, not much use. This means not only will we save a lot of money but we have time to explore Ecuador a bit aswell. The plan now is to head to the coast to try and see humpback whales (tis the season for them), maybe do a bit of diving and then go back inland to the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" south of Quito for some trekking and maybe mountain biking.
Quito itself is another city like many others that we have been to with nice colonial architecture. The walking tour we did yesterday of the old city was fun but we had seen similar sites already in the last couple of months. Today we did like proper tourists do and visited the equator or La Mitad del Mundo as it's known here (middle of the earth).
Quito is an odd place. It looks really nice and clean but you don't feel safe here. We felt safer in Lima, which is saying something. The place has a huge reputation for muggings (especially at night in Gringolandia where all the hostals are), we have met people who have been mugged and hence we don't go out at night. You have to take a taxi to go one block, which we would do if we went out at night. It's a bit crap being stuck in a hostal so tonight we get a bus (yes another nightbus!!) to Manta on the coast from where we can get to humpback whale country.