Just a two hour local bus from Quito through stunning mountains and we are deposited into a tiny town deep within Ecuadorian cloud forest. I think we will come to prefer the cloud forest to the jungle, it’s essentially a tropical jungle with persistent cloud cover, making the place rather wet yet very green.
After an eight hour bus journey from Guayaquil, we arrived at the bus terminal in Quito and hopped in a cab to our hostel. We’ve heard mixed reviews about the city – some say it’s a colonial delight, others warn about the risk of being robbed – but we’re here for a week or so … Read more Otavalo – shopping at the Sunday market
Whilst Puerto Lopez remains remarkably underdeveloped, Montanita has quickly grown into a gringo-infested surfer town. The streets are lined with Western restaurants, serving nearly identical menus of international favourites, whilst the bars pump out pop music 24 hours a day. At the weekends, the locals come to party, but mid-week you’d be hard pressed to … Read more Montanita – gringo surf central