If you are following the digital nomad series, you will understand this is part two of Gaurav’s expeditions.
For the uninitiated, here is the link to the first article – https://blog.pickyourtrail.com/confessions-of-a-digital-nomad-is-the-nomad-lifestyle-for-you/
I spent three months in Quito, Ecuador and it was my first time in Latin America. I loved it and these are the bunch of things that caught my attention.
- Quito is 2.8Km above the sea level and the high altitude hits you. I felt very sleepy for the first two days but then got accustomed to it after I went for a couple of morning runs
- Ecuador is a great place to learn Spanish since they do not have an accent like other Latin American countries. I did an hour of class every weekday and loved the teachers at Simon Bolivar School. I continue to learn from them online
- Most Latin American metropolitan cities have something called the Cycle Pass, [Cyclo Paseo] or Cyclovia where they cordon off major roads on Sunday for runners, skateboarders and bicyclists
- Oh, there are no lights for pedestrians. Cross the roads at your own risk
- After Cotopaxi erupted early 2016 and a recovering economy after switching to US dollars, the country is growing and still underrated in Latin Americ
- Ecuador is known for the Highlands (Andes), Coast (Montanita), Amazonas far east and the Galapagos!
- Quito is on the Equator, the sun is up at 6 am sharp, and the people rise early, sleep early
- I found it surprising the way you greet women by bumping cheeks, but not women
- Park Carolina in Quito is like the Central Park of New York
- The startup ecosystem is still nascent, and young smart folks are working on interesting problems at Buen Trip Hub, where I spent my day time working
- I got interested in high altitude mountain climbing (on another post) after climbing Pichincha, Illiniza Norte and Cayambe
- I loved the almuerzo/lunch. Looked forward to it every day; includes jugo/juice – and the kinds of fruits you see are exotic – probably never heard of them(Maracuya, Granadilla, Tamarillo, Naranjilla
- Chocho was high protein corn that I used to have for breakfasts
- Guayusa is a tea made of cocaine leaves (like hoja de coca), great for high altitude and replaces the high you need from coffee
- Canelazo is a drink made from cinnamon and local liquor served hot and available at any street shop. Gives you a sugar high
- Tuenti has great connectivity for a SIM card, though you need a local friend for you to get it activated
- The Expressways all across Ecuador is well planned and laid out. The professional cyclists come from all across the world to bike here to improve their lung capacity
- Uber does not work in Ecuador yet, Cabify came to my rescue
Overall, the people are really nice, gave me a comfortable environment for getting good work done and I am going back to Ecuador to climb Chimborazo and Cayambe 🙂
Article originally published on Medium.