Quito (Ecuador)

Although it only lasted a few days, our detour to Quito, Ecuador, on the way to Colombia was well worthwhile. Quito is the best preserved colonial city in South America, and in recent years has improved safety and reduced crime in the city in leaps and bounds. There are police and army officials on every corner patrolling the streets at night, which allows tourists to access parts of the city that would never have been possible 10 years ago.

Ecuador has an amazing variety of traditional food dishes and ingredients, which come from its equally productive coastline and rainforests. As usual, we tried as many of these dishes as possible during our time there, and I have to say that I think it’s had the best food so far!

The main attraction in Quito is the equator line, which is located around 45 minutes drive from the city up in the mountains and volcanoes which surround the area. There’s a museum on indigenous cultures at the equator line too, which was really fascinating. We even got to see a shrunken human head (which was a practice if some of the tribes in Ecuador). Some still practice this technique, but only on animals thank goodness!

Onto Colombia now to soak up some much needed sun in the northern coastal city of Cartagena, then onto the capital of Bogota to finish the trip. Not long now until I return to Australia!

Carol and I at the presidents palace in Quito

Carol and I at the presidents palace in Quito

Colombian flag at the presidents palace in Quito.

Colombian flag at the presidents palace in Quito.

The group standing on the equator.

The group standing on the equator.

Me standing on the equator, one foot in the southern hemisphere and one in the northern hemisphere!

Me standing on the equator, one foot in the southern hemisphere and one in the northern hemisphere!

At the museum where the line indicating the equator can be visited.

At the museum where the line indicating the equator can be visited.

The view of the huge valley left by a previous volcanic eruption just outisde of Quito.

The view of the huge valley left by a previous volcanic eruption just outisde of Quito.

Another delicious dinner in Quito.

Another delicious dinner in Quito.

One of the delicious meals we had in Ecuador

One of the delicious meals we had in Ecuador

The gothic looking Basilica in Quito.

The gothic looking Basilica in Quito.

The process of making chocolate, hands on!

The process of making chocolate, hands on!

A third generation piano repair man gives us a quick show in his workshop in Quito.

A third generation piano repair man gives us a quick show in his workshop in Quito.

The famous La Rhonda Street, home to Quitos bohemian district.

The famous La Rhonda Street, home to Quitos bohemian district.

One of the many beautiful colonial buildings in Quito.

One of the many beautiful colonial buildings in Quito.

Statue in one of the main plazas in Quito.

Statue in one of the main plazas in Quito.

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4 thoughts on “Quito (Ecuador)

  1. You’re seeing a lot of interesting sights! Not long now and you’ll be boarding the plane home. Enjoy your last few days and take care
    mum & dad

  2. Keep travelling as long as you can Alicia!!!!! 🙂
    The travel bug wont leave your system now – your’e infected for life 🙂

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