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June 2018. Summer 2018. There were two Vietnamese girls who had a passion in traveling and exploring Latin America culture, decided to take a challenge to discover a part of the world where before, back in Vietnam, would they never imagine they could put their feet on. And let me tell you the story of those two Vietnamese girls in that trip. Exciting. Fun. Nervous. Sad. Thrilling. All kinds of emotions. I hope when reading these posts, you could also experience a part of Latin America countries, and who knows, you could – one day – explore Latin America and fall in love with them – just like I do.
Ecuador, in fact, was not in our priority list for our Latin America (LA) trip. But beyond our imagination, Ecuador has risen to the top in our heart. More than 20 days in Ecuador, this small country in South America offered me so many wonderful moments – and in a note, I can never list them all. But I know, those memories will always stay there – in my heart – to remind me that at the age of beautiful 25, I was in Ecuador and somehow it stole a part of my heart.
We reached Ecuador first through Guayaquil – recognized as the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. To compare, I think this city is like Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam – a hub for business and other economic activities. (somehow, I always compare everything of Guayaquil with Ho Chi Minh City that my companion had to use the hashtag #ngungsosanh).
2. Historical Quito
Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and very special. It is at the elevation of about 2,850 meters above the sea-level – which makes it the second highest capital city in the world. Quito, maybe very famous for different things, but one of the most notable thing from Quito is the historic center. The historic center of Quito can be considered as one of the largest and also well-preserved historic centers in the Americas. It was also one of the first sites recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
We arrived in Quito after a 9-hour bus from Guayaquil. Going by bus quite took a long time, but you can see the truly local life in Ecuador. I saw some motorbikes – just like in Vietnam. I saw many large areas of bananas and corns. Maybe that’s why bananas and corns are everywhere in Ecuador food.