We spent almost a month in Quito (a big chunk of our family gap year), busy attending Spanish school and enjoying just being in one place. Here’s the account of our arrival and first two weeks staying at the lovely Travellers Inn…..
Monday 8th October 2012
We leave Coca and the Amazon rainforest on a bus that leaves at 12.30pm and is supposed to take around 7 hours, climbing up into the high Andes, from little above sea level to nearly 3000 meters. When I bought tickets two days ago, why, oh why didn’t I make sure this bus went via Loreto, South West of Coca, and not Nueva Loja, North East of Coca and up near the Columbia border? (Martin reminds me that I went for the $9 bus fare rather than the $10 one!)
In the shiny new Coca bus station going from booth to booth, I clear forgot to check the route although I asked what time it arrived in Quito and was told 8pm which sounded pretty good to me!
We board to find no air con and no working toilet but the seats are comfy and there’s hardly anyone on board – excellent!
The bus pulls out of the terminal and immediately pulls over for half of the population of Coca province to board. Then it proceeds to drop off and pick up passengers every hundred meters or so for approximately 2 hours. Often vendors get on and sell sweets, empanadas, fruit, pens and some get on and stand at the front and seem to be preaching to anyone who’ll listen, then they hand out sweets, no doubt to the converted! More