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// SEPTEMBER 2016
Unspoiled Beauty

In general (Smile & Say Hello, Keep in touch, Don’t be afraid, Eat local food, Take many photos)

 

Money

The best solutions for exchanging money in Colombia and Ecuador are the ATM if you are prepared, of course, to pay the required commission. Credit cards are used in all the hotels, in certain activities and in many restaurants.

Keep in mind that the official currency of Ecuador is the USD

 

Transports

Colombia

The roads in Colombia are in a very good condition around the capital Bogota. Truth be told, our first trip there was exploratory, since we had heard and read many notorious things about the dangerousness of the country. Our experience made us come to the conclusion that Colombia is a safe country and things are now much better there than they used to be once. So, you just have to take the basic and obvious measures for your safety, but that is of course applicable for every country in the world. You don’t move in isolated or dangerous areas alone and it is better to avoid driving during night. So, since we felt safe, next time we go there we will rent a car and go around with it… After having driven to Madagascar, on some of the most dangerous roads in the world, driving to Colombia will be bliss!

Ecuador

The roads are in a very good condition

 

Sights

Colombia

Visit the historical centre of Bogota, La Candelaria, and enjoy the mixture of Spanish Colonial Style, French Classicism and American Eclecticism and Modernism too, which co-exist harmonically and can be seen predominately in the historic buildings and the churches surrounding Plaza de Bolivar. Colombia’s architecture is an absolute miracle! Go to the Museum of Gold and to the Museum Botero and have as a priority to visit the amazing Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira!

In Cartagena walk around the old city (Walled Town). It is a one in a lifetime experience! It is a unique journey in time, where you will have the chance to admire the most wonderful samples of Spanish Colonial Architecture. Go to the Yellow Clock Tower and pay a visit to Café del Mar for enjoying an amazing sunset from the old town’s walls. Pay a visit to the characteristic and colourful neighbourhood Getsemani, ride a bicycle in Avenida Santander and go to see, of course, the house of the great Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez!

Equador

Visit the amazing and colourful opened market of the Otavaleno Community at Plaza de Ponchos and buy souvenirs for your friends and family. Have a trip to Laguna Cuicocha. Take many photographs at the monument Mitad del Mundo, standing with one foot to the North hemisphere and with the other one to the south! Visit the historic centre of Quito, protected by UNESCO, admire its magnificent churches and go to the hill El Panecillo with its magnificent statue of Virgin Maria of Quito. Go horse riding in the amazing Cotopaxi Valley and if you are in a good physical condition don’t miss a visit to the Cotopaxi Volcano. Travel with the “devil’s express” to the breathtaking El Nariz del Diablo, an extremely inaccessible part of the country and walk around the streets of Cuenca, one of the most beautiful in South America! Visit Ingapirca with the Inca Ruins and feel the ancient magic of the place… Go to El Cajas National Park, protected by UNESCO and learn all about the legends that surround the mythical Guayaquil…

The route we covered from Otavalo to Guayaquil is amazing and its largest part is to be found at a very high altitude.

 

Food

Try fruits and fresh juices sold in the roads of Cartagena and don’t hesitate to try also the street food in Otavalo, Quito and Cuenca… Everything is delicious! And… for the daring ones there is also the famous cuy (guinea pigs which are considered as a delicacy by the locals!!!)

 

Μentality

The people of Colombia and Equador can be characterized as fierce and passionate. They can be very generous, very helpful and also very polite, if they wish to be… They are as colorful as their traditional clothes, as larger than life as their amazing plazas and monuments and as different as their diverse ethnological background indicates. Our experience was very positive and once more, as real travelers, we would like to underline that if a visitor respects the culture and the customs of these people, if he shows admiration for their achievements and their rich history, they will not hesitate to react accordingly. To become acquainted with them and try to understand them can make one richer in life and in experiences…

Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
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Population: 49.473.456
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Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
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Population: 49.473.456
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Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
Duration: 10 days
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Population: 49.473.456
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