"HALF THE FUN OF THE TRAVEL IS THE ESTHETIC OF LOSTNESS".
We had breakfast and went to the shopping center to get cash from three different automatic tellers. Finally, one gave us what we wanted with a surcharge of 1,50 per transaction. We left Ibarra to go to Quito, we enjoyed the way, after having done about 60 kms. The highway is divided in two, we took the one on the left via Cayambe and a few minutes later we were in the centre or middle of the Earth, the equator, according to a guide who was there it has a millimetre of error. Ever since we left Ibarra, it is all populated along the Panamerican Highway. I liked Quito very much, It has a very modern and new system of highways, of course we got lost non the less entering the city and finding the Historical Centre which is very pretty. The traffic was chaotic and we got lost trying to go south and re take the Panamerican highway. Once we were right, we aimed for Riobamba since the next day at 7a.m we had to board a train which only leaves on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But after a few kms it began to rain, i got soaked, Shorty with better gear was alright. We arrived at a hotel and nobody took care of to us, it stopped raining so we continued on and it began to rain once more with avengeance. We entered a hotel which looked promising on the outside but once inside was not so, Hotel Castillo del Valle for $US12,00 not recommended. I didn't shower and slept fully clothed.
I would like to clarify that the prices are always per room, until now Shorty and I have not yet found the need to share, both preferring some privacy. After all we see each other all throughout the day and generally we have our meals together, so by the end of the day we want to be left alone.
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