Whale Tail cafe is a vegetarian cafe/restaurant that is a Lancaster institution and has been around for many years. Recently they have opened the doors in the evenings from Thurs-Sun. The food is fantastic, ambiance delightful and the prices are incredibly reasonable.
Towards the top of Penny Street, Lancaster
This is a great day trip from Quito if you are at the end of your trip and are interested in buying some presents for home.
The market is large and there are lots of lovely things to buy. Also you can barter for the price, which is expected. On the same trip we also went to Cotacachi which has fantastically cheap leather goods.
Any travel agency in Quito will arrange a day trip. Be careful of cost though, we paid U$39 for the trip, someone on the same trip with us was charged U$59.
Any travel agency in Quito will arrange a day trip. Be careful of cost though we paid U$39 for the trip, someone on the same trip with us was charged U$59.
This hotel is in a beautiful colonial building in the old town of Quito. The location is ideal, the staff are friendly and the rooms are comfortable with hot water. The suites also have a small kitchenette.
It is also resonably priced for a capital city. Suites at US$42 and all other rooms for less.
cnr. Av. Guayaquil and Sucre.
It is a cafe, cultural centre, and shop. The cafe has tables outside overlooking the Plaza San Fransisco which is very beautiful. The shop sells indigenous art ranging from clothing to paintings and jewellery.
Plaza San Fransisco, Quito
A beach 3km from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. There is a massive beach for surfing and a smaller one for swimming and snorkelling. There is also a trail that takes you through an area full of marine iguanas.
The walk starts in Puerto Ayora and goes east. At the start of the trail you have to sign in. The beach is open from 06.00 to 18.00
A swimming hole which is a mixture of fresh and salt water. The water is crystal clear and there are fish, so take snorkelling gear.
To get there take a water taxi 0.50$ from Puerto Ayora harbour to Angermeyer point and walk for 20-30 minutes, just follow the signs.
A farm in the highlands on Santa Cruz where you can see giant tortoises in the wild. There are loads of them so no chance of not seeing any, however it is better to go in the morning as they are more active - walking around and eating etc.
Get a taxi or hire a bike from Puerto Ayora
The main attraction of this island is to walk up the now extinct volcano and see the fantastic views from the top. Also to snorkel with sealions, marine iguanas and, if you are very lucky, to see one of the small colony of Galapagos penguins.
Take a boat tour from Santa Cruz
When you arrive by plane at Baltra it is really easy and cheap to make your way to Puerto Ayora where all of the accommodation is on Santa Cruz.
Get a bus called Canal which is free and will take you to the channel between Baltra and Santa Cruz. The ferry is only 0.80$. A bus will meet you on the other side and take you on the 45 minute journey for 1.80$.
The Galapagos Islands are really expensive which can make it hard to visit if you are on a budget. Most of the people who come here go on a three or four-day cruise of the islands which costs a lot of money. However, you can do it yourself for less.
There is plenty of accommodation on Santa Cruz island. From here you can do day boat tours and there is also plenty to see and do on the island itself.
It is accommodation, a cafe, a performance space. A fantastic couple run this lovely place. The accommodation is self-catering and is fully equipped. They also run a cafe-bar and sometimes have live performances on.
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
If you are a weary traveller and fancy a night of luxury you can sometimes get great deals on this hotel on the internet. The rooms are very comfy and they have that rare luxury, a bath!
Free transfers to and from the airport too.
near the airport in Guayaquil
A friendly family-owned and run guesthouse. The rooms are basic but clean and it is very central and also cheap. Breakfast is not included but it is easy to find a cafe in Cuenca.
Mariscal Lamar 10 38 & Padre Aguirre, Cuenca,
If Sao Paulo is only a stopover as a transport hub for you, then this is a good hotel that has deals on the net and if you join their scheme (which is free) gives you late check-out at 4pm. Free transport to and from the airport too.
Rua Rafael Balzani, 32
Tel: 55 11 6475 7500
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