We broke our Quito-bound journey up a bit by first stopping at Ibarra. The place is famous for its ice cream, but somehow we managed to miss out on trying some. We were looking out for the few ice cream shops with a large copper bowl in the window - apparently the sign of good quality according to some locals - and happened apon a nice cafe by the main square, where we indulged in English tea and cake. Upholding the stereotype in style! Incidentally, the main square is a free wifi zone. Just remember to take some shades along with your laptop to avoid giving yourself permenant crows feet!
We got our bearings and started to plan what to see around the northern highlands- there is almost too much choice and seemingly no end of medicinal hot springs to choose from. Life's tough in Ecuador!
Be careful how long you stay out though. By ten o'clock most places have shut for the night and that includes hostels. Luckily, a couple of knocks on the door and our good Señora let us in!
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