The first thing that strikes you about Ecuador is how green it is. Then you notice how clean it is.
And this didn’t really change anywhere we went. In places you have the soaring Andes then further on they give way to green rolling hills. You round a bend in the road and there are the soaring Andes again. Just beautiful everywhere.
If we had to compare what we have seen in South America so far, with where we have been in Asia, well South America is winning hands down for cleanliness. And we have only seen one rat and 2 cockroaches. Not bad in 3 months.
We loved ~ the colourful traditional clothes and markets, the fact that hardly anybody smokes, the colourful fabrics, the weather on the whole
We didn’t like ~ the traditional food, the thieving bastards in Otavalo
The people ~ Ecuadorean people are nice. Very nice. Except the thieving bastards in Otavalo
Food ~ On the whole – not good. You can get many different types of food here but it’s all a bad version of the real thing. Mexican doesn’t taste like Mexican, Italian is a feeble replica of the real thing. Mainly meat, meat and more meat. Oh and would you like some meat with your meat. Urgh everywhere stinks of cooked chicken! Their traditional empanadas can be ok – some have cheese in – just make sure they are fresh and not 5 days old! Bryan enjoyed Llapingachos Fried potato-and-cheese pancakes in Quito but they put ham in them so no good for Jody. Shame she like the look of them. They have a lot of cake shops here too but there is so much food in there still at the end of the day which reappears the following day, it has to make you wonder how fresh everything is