Although it only lasted a few days, our detour to Quito, Ecuador, on the way to Colombia was well worthwhile. Quito is the best preserved colonial city in South America, and in recent years has improved safety and reduced crime in the city in leaps and bounds. There are police and army officials on every corner patrolling the streets at night, which allows tourists to access parts of the city that would never have been possible 10 years ago.
Ecuador has an amazing variety of traditional food dishes and ingredients, which come from its equally productive coastline and rainforests. As usual, we tried as many of these dishes as possible during our time there, and I have to say that I think it’s had the best food so far!
The main attraction in Quito is the equator line, which is located around 45 minutes drive from the city up in the mountains and volcanoes which surround the area. There’s a museum on indigenous cultures at the equator line too, which was really fascinating. We even got to see a shrunken human head (which was a practice if some of the tribes in Ecuador). Some still practice this technique, but only on animals thank goodness!
Onto Colombia now to soak up some much needed sun in the northern coastal city of Cartagena, then onto the capital of Bogota to finish the trip. Not long now until I return to Australia!