Tuesday, 8 January 2008


After 27 hours of travelling we arrived at the Hotel Patio Andaluz at 10am this morning. The hotel is in the old city of Quito and is one block from the Presidents Palace and the central square. The hotel is an old colonial building with internal squares and balconies. Tomorrow Chris and I are going to a forest nature reserve at Pasochoa. We have booked a taxi to pick us up at 6am because we know we will be awake well before that. On Wednesday we fly to the Galapogos to pick up the yacht Diamante (and its crewe) for a week.

Quito is a big city with over 2million occupants. It is the second highest capital city (2850m) after Lima and it is 15 miles south of the equator. It is lovely to be back in a south/central American city. It reminds us of San Jose in Costa Rica where we spent so much time in the 80´s.

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