We didn’t waste much time in Quito. Not that we had any to spare. The flight from the Galápagos Islands to Quito was quick. Our ride from Quito Airport to Vibes Hostel in New Town, not so much. It was late afternoon by the time we arrived and checked-in. Our goal for half-day in Quito was to check out Mitad del Mundo. After chatting with the hotel receptionist, we realized hailing a cab would be our best option if we wanted to spend any time checking out the Equator line. It was probably the best decision we made. Our taxi driver, Pedro, was a darling. An absolute darling.An hour later, we arrived at Mitad del Mundo. Pedro dropped us off at the Inti Nan museum, which is about a ten-minute walk from the equator monument. This is where the “real” equator line is, or so they say. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and insisted on doing silly extremely touristy activities such as balancing an egg on a nail and walking straight on an equator line. It was fun.
The tour ended some forty minutes later. We decided to check out the monument that is often confused with the museum/equator line – it was pretty incredible. Since we arrived there so late, there were few tourists around. The photographer in me was screaming with joy!
We were enjoying ourselves until we remembered Pedro who was waiting for us… We rushed out of there to search for him. Luckily, he spotted us on the main road – he was not happy. During our cab ride back to Quito, we got to know Pedro; he seemed to have forgiven us for disappearing on him for an hour. We can be charming once in a while.
By the time we reached Quito, Pedro was our best friend – so much so, that he agreed to take us to the bus station the following morning. Our hostel provided delicious dinner – spaghetti and meatballs….the most authentic Ecuadorian meal, ever. Jokes aside, a free meal is a free meal – we did not complain and gobbled up. The common room was packed due to lack of internet connectivity throughout the hostel – the next thing we knew, everyone’s phones/tablets/computers are put aside to start socializing. After a friendly game of Kings, we decided to go out and celebrate our newly acquainted friend’s 25th birthday.
A (big) group gringos attracted almost every bar manager in the central square. Everyone offered us free drinks and entrance to their clubs/bars. It was a tough decision, but one eventually won. We had a great time dancing the night away with new friends. It was time to call it a night and leave the group. The walk back to our hostel was a bit sketchy as the streets were deserted and we were approached by a few men now and then. We were lucky enough to have each other, but we do not recommend wandering around the new town on your own.
We survived a night out in Quito. All was well.