The last of Ecuador

I loved Ecuador.

Among my favorite memories is our sketchiest meal at Comedor del Gato (Cat food? Cat eater??) complete with untouchable salsa and Fanta!

Calacali, Ecuador

Our oh-so-tiny list of directions to la Mitad del Mundo

Quito, Ecuador

Contrasted with our endless day of travel to Otavalo. I think this sums up the experience

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I’ll miss the infinite ocean around the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

And the clumsy Giant Tortoises mating (grrrrrrrr….)

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Iguana Point Bar

Isla Isabela, Ecuador

And the source of all the trouble…

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

At $3.50 a bottle, can you expect anything less than trouble? I think not.

Sunscreen costs 6x the price!

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Between the hangovers and the sunstroke, it’s no wonder travelers barely remember their trips to Isla Isabela…

This was my favorite breakfast in Quito at The Tarzan in the Mariscal

Quito, Ecuador

The parking situation down there always made me laugh.

Ecuador

I love any country that uses popcorn as a condiment

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But most of all I loved (and will miss) traveling with this girl, not least because she brought pink foam rollers on a backpacking trip.

Ecuador

Bye-bye Reina de Reggaeton! Until our next trip… :)

La Boca del Lobo in Quito

Jules and I read about this funky place and it sounded fun and close to our hotel so we went to check it out. It’s in Quito’s Mariscal neighborhood, just off the main intersection. Look for the pink and blue lights.

Quito, Ecuador

The interior decor is equally as entertaining with bright colors

Quito, Ecuador

A tree growing up through the middle of the restaurant

Quito, Ecuador

And the main floor tiled with La Virgin

Quito, Ecuador

On every surface

Quito, Ecuador

Boca serves food tapas-style, so every dish we tried was small-ish and shareable. We got the platano tortillas, little fried cakes of plantain with a yogurt sauce.

Quito, Ecuador

I wanted to like these but they didn’t have a lot of seasoning and the sauce was a bit strange.

The empanadas came next and they were our favorite dish of the night.

Quito, Ecuador

We ordered 3 spinach and 3 mushroom and they were all garlicky and incredible. ¬†They’re about 2 bites apiece, which may not be evident in the picture. We loved them so much that we ordered another round.

Next up were roasted mushrooms with a yogurt sauce.

Quito, Ecuador

I liked the flavor but the cooking was somewhat uneven so some of the mushrooms were raw.

The feta fritters were also good but a bit bland.

Quito, Ecuador

Boca’s prices are touristy – tapas dishes cost between $8-14 apiece – and I found the food quality somewhat uneven. I think that Latin American restaurants have a difficult time replicating the flavor profiles of European food and this restaurant is no exception.

However, I loved the atmosphere and the food presentation and it was a fun experience that I’d recommend to anyone who wants an offbeat place to eat in the Mariscal neighborhood.

Quito at Night

The view from our hotel shower

Quito, Ecuador

A taste of “Gringolandia,” the Mariscal neighborhood

Quito, Ecuador

The bar where we saw kids fighting for their right to party

Quito, Ecuador

Jules and me, first night, post travel

Quito, Ecuador

Tomorrow there will be more of everything and it’ll all be much better.