October 22-23, 2007
My brief sojourn back into the jungle ended abruptly with a bus ride to Quito, the second highest capital city in the world after La Paz. Making the trip from the jungle to the mountains was like going to a different country as the Spanish language was the only thing the two places had in common.
I was in Quito for a few hours last year to buy my plane ticket to Iquitos, but I never to check out the city properly. This time around, I did some walking through the Old City which had lots of big churches, museums, and colonial architecture. Unfortunately, I got sick of doing that stuff a long time ago, so I mainly just prepared to go to the Quilatoa Loop, a popular mountain trek/drive a few hours to the south.