I returned to Quito for one more night before I left Ecuador and South America. By the time I had checked into my hostel and sorted myself out for the next day there was not much time to do much more of Quito. Another city to add to the list to return to!
South America overall has been an incredible experience, very diverse, full of colour and some amazing people. It has whetted my appetite to return. I must however learn Spanish if I want to come back because here, unlike Asia where at least pidgeon English would get you by, hardly any English was spoken at all. This was very different.
The countries I visited here have kept their identity despite Westernisation and there was a wealth of culture to explore. One thing though that did keep reoccuring was that these people are very proud of their Inca past. However, in terms of European history theirs is a mere few centuries. Imagine where Europe was in comparison. I do not mean this in a derogative way, but it is interesting to consider.
Out of all the countries Chile was the most developed and somewhere I could consider living. For pure natural beauty though, Bolivia wins outright and a 'must go to' country. Just don´t expect great food! Peru was all about the history and Ecuador had it's nature to wonder at. All so different and beautiful in their own way. A continent well worth exploring.
Next stop Mexico.