Reliving the dream
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Since I've been home I have had lots of people ask me what were my favourite places and things to do while I was travelling and my response everytime has been 'It's too hard to pick only one thing'. So with that in mind I have created a list for my TOP 10 things to do in each country (even this was hard).
Ecuador is below and the rest will come in the following days.
Top 10 things to do in Ecuador
1. Visit the Homero Ortega Panama Hat Factory in Cuenca – this company has a great museum and a great showroom with lots of traditional and contemporary styles. A back of house tour will see you viewing the makers dropping of their wares, the bleaching process and the shaping of the finished products you can buy of the shelf.
2. Take a Jungle trip to Tena. We stayed at the Shangri-la lodge and with treetop houses nestled into a cliff on the side of a hill overlook the Rio Napo, how can you stay anywhere else. The Hammock decks and cute guides just top it off.
3. Visit Otavalo . Located 3 hours from Quito this town is famous for it’s Saturday markets and the local people, the majority of who still dress traditionally. Cheap hammocks, rugs and beaded necklaces are the order of the day here.
4. Shop for leather and gorge on ice cream in Cuenca. Not only is Cuenca absolutely beautiful it also has great leather shops and the ice cream is pretty good too (trust me I’ve tried so many in South America I reckon you could mention a town to me and I could point out an ice cream shop).
5. Visit Mita Del Mundo, Latitude 0’00"00" Degrees – also known as the equator. If only for the photo opportunity and to say you were standing in both hemispheres at once.
6. Visit Rich and Bea’s place in Rio Verde. Pequenuo Paridisio was the only place that I visited on my first time around South America that I said I definitely wanted to come back to and wouldn’t you know it, some volcano right near them decided to start erupting, so needless to say I didn’t get my second visit. I can still remember Bea’s chocolate cake from the first time around...oh and there are some fun adventure activities to do there as well.
7. Stay longer than 2 weeks and go off the beaten track; you’ll be glad you did.
8. Head to the hot springs in Banos. An absolutely divine way to spend an afternoon.
9. Taste the local alcoholic beverage - warm sugarcane alcohol and canella (cinnamon). Sooooo yummy.
10. Have dinner at Siam in Quito; Thai food to die for...need I say more.
Trust me to have the last two things as alcohol and food.
P.S. I guess most people would say that visiting the Galapagos should be on here somewhere but I've never been so can't personally vouch for how amazing it is, although I've heard from other travellers it is not to be missed.