2007 - The Year of Spending Dangerously! travel blog

Hilly Quito

Plaza de la Independencia

Colonial "Ventanas"

Not Notre Dame!

Quito through the towers

Ian would hate this - Pam didn't like it much either!

Lunch with a view at Cafe Mosaico

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Quito from Cafe Mosaico

We've been in Ecuador for 3 days now and have seen most of the highlights of Quito. So far, we're really enjoying it! We are staying in a great boutique hotel called the Hotel Patio Andaluz which is a restored colonial house in the Old Town of Quito. The Old Town is full of well preseved or restored colonial buildings, museums and churches. This part of Quito is actually an Unesco World Heritage site, what we see today is apparently much the same as it was soon after the Spanish conquest in the mid-1500s. We also toured the New Town but it doesn't have the atmosphere of the Old Town. It is pretty much what you would expect from a big city in South America although it does have a couple of good museums. One of the museums, the Capilla del Hombre (Chapel of Man) is a tribute to Ecuador's most famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin. We really like his work, it is very Picasso like, abstract figures telling a socially significant story.

The location of Quito is really striking. It is a long skinny city on a plateau, surrounded by the Andes mountains and volcanos. There are some great view points of the city from the surrounding hills and we'll get some photos uploaded as soon as we find a computer with a USB port.

We're heading out to the country now to stay at a historic Hacienda near Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is the world's highest active volcano, hopefully not active in the next couple of weeks! After our 3 days in Quito we should be acclimatized to the altitude and we're ready to do some hiking and biking.

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