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Our trip started in Manta, where both Ocelot and Vamp, the other family's boat, were anchored. From there we took a long bus ride through Portoviejo, Jipijapa, and Guayaquil (what wonderful names!) and then along the Pan-American Highway to Riobamba, where we spent our first night. The next day, we hired a pickup truck to take us up to Chimborazo, the volcano with its summit the furthest from the center of the earth. After the very cold ride and hike, we continued in the truck through Ambato and to the sleepy little town of Baños, where we spent two nights.
We stayed the next night in Latacunga, and took the early-morning bus to Saquisili, a little town nearby. It was Thursday, the day of the Saquisili locals' market, which was very cool and not too touristy. After the market, we took another bus to the capital, Quito, where we spent the day exploring and the evening hiding from the rain. Our last day, after one night in Quito, was a long one, with a 10-11 hour bus ride back to Manta, via Santo Domingo de los Colorados and Chone.
Our approximate path followed the dotted purple line.
Map scale is 1 degree (60 miles, 100km) per division
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