Ecuador // The southern sierra //


Azogues’ bus terminal is just off the Panamericana – called Avenida 24 de Mayo as it runs through the town – a couple of blocks northwest of the parque central. You’ll find smart, modern accommodation with private bath and cable TV at the Rivera (t 07/2248113; $26–35), south down Avenida 24 de Mayo at its corner with 10 de Agosto. For more character, head up to Hostal Peleusi (t 07/2245445; $16–20), on the corner of Matovelle and Serrano, overlooking the very pleasant parque central; the hotel is above a good restaurant, La Fornace, a gelatería and pizza parlour. Other places to eat include El Padrino, on Bolívar 6-09 and 10 de Agosto, which serves decent chicken dishes in a pleasant old dining room, while La Fogata, at 3 de Noviembre and Avenida 24 de Mayo, specializes in fish and seafood. A few blocks south of the park, at the corner of Bolívar and Tenemaza, El Che isn’t a bad place to grab a juice, coffee, taco and a snack. The Pacífictel phone office is on the north side of the parque central.

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