I would venture to say that ecuador is the hippie mecca of south america. lots of heads are drawn here because of the beautiful ecosystems, environmental opportunities, it's very, very cheap, and people for the most part embrace gringos. people might stare at you, but it's not because they dissaprove; most people outside of cities have never seen a hippie! quito is phat because there are heads all over, and there are lots of really cool restaurants, coffee shops, stores, etc. super cheap, handmade indigenous clothing (like the brightly colored sweaters you see lots of hippies wearing) and wares are available in the city, and the massive outdoor market of otavalo is a 40 minute drive.
If you're ever in quito, one place you absolutely should go to is called aladin. this is a middle-eastern hang out run by a few really nice, english speaking middle-easterners. they import most of their wares, such as intricately designed ash trays, delicate utensils and dishes, 3-foot hookahs, and heavy, elaborately made chess sets (you just might feel like you're in iran or something!). you can have a cup of tea & snack at one of the couches, play a game of chess at the tables, or smoke a hookah of many varieties of flavored tobacco out on their patio. delicious food, incredible ambiance; it's one of the coolest places i've been!
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Posted by Nelson on 2005-08-01 16:31:58 My Score: Quito is great, but the absolute best Hippie Haven in Ecuador is MontaÃ±ita, a tiny fisher town popular for surfers, about 3 hours from Guayaquil. That is, except for the weekends from january to may, when is hit by many non-hippie tourists. MontaÃ±ita ("little mountain") is intimate yet cosmopolita, it's quiet but full of activities, and there is a atmosphere of freedom rarely seen elsewhere in Ecuador.
Posted by Mateo on 2004-09-24 22:48:13 My Score: It would be nice if you gave the address of this place called "Aladin".
Posted by Richard on 2004-05-21 07:13:49 My Score: The Magic Bean is another good place to eat in Quito. It also has a hostel attached to it. Its kinda an Expat hangout