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South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center June 10th 2019

Another year and another trip for Kirsten and Chester, but with everything going on in our lives, we decided to stay in the western hemisphere and keep the trip a bit shorter than our normal vacations. Also because we couldn’t find more than 8 straight days with no one visiting us in Denver. With that being said, this did not mean we couldn’t check-off another bucket list item. We are heading to Galapagos Islands off Ecuador for 8 days. Our usual decision on destinations was a bit rushed and this was a bit of a last-minute selection, simply because we are running out of places Kirsten or Chester haven’t been. But this is one of those places neither one has visited. The days leading up to the trip were a bit hectic. Kirsten had to travel ... read more
Hotel Courtyard

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center March 20th 2019

It’s finally here, the last day of our trip. We don’t leave for the airport until 3 pm, so this morning we are visiting the Palacio de Gobierno, which I have finally managed to obtain tickets for. The tour is free but needs to be reserved by email (in Spanish) so I’m quite proud of my achievement. Time to pack one last time. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve packed and unpacked. It’s strange to think that next time I unpack it’ll be in my own bedroom, closely supervised by my cats. First, a weirdly disjointed breakfast; scrambled egg, a cheese toastie, an empanada, onion chutney, butter and jam. What are we supposed to do with the butter and jam? Dip the empanada in it? Spread it on the cheese toastie? Or maybe mix ... read more
Palacio de Gobierno
Palacio de Gobierno
Guayasamin mural

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center March 11th 2019

Today we’re going sightseeing in Quito – primarily churches as most tourist attractions are shut on Mondays. The Colonial South American town centre is so formulaic I could walk it in my sleep; main plaza with cathedral and government palace. On either side, plazas containing the churches of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. And somewhere in the middle, the Jesuits, who took a vow of poverty but coated their churches liberally with gold. We try to start in the main square but there is a demonstration underway. The square is completely blocked off and circled by riot police. More and more people are arriving and most are wearing surgical masks. And I don’t think they’re doctors…. We bypass the square and head for the enormous Basilica del Voto Nacional. The old man decides to climb the ... read more
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Basilica del Voto Nacional

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center March 10th 2019

Another interrupted night due to: 11 am – old man returning from his trip. 4 am – text from daughter number one. Both my daughters have A level maths but neither seem able to calculate time zones. 2.30-6.30 am – getting up to check on daughter number two’s progress on Barcelona Marathon App. Regular intervals all night – neighbours using the hairdryer. Either they have some weird hairdressing fetish or they’re holding it under the smoke detector so they can smoke in bed without evacuating the hotel (again). In the morning we head for the airport for our flight to Quito, the world’s second highest capital. We’re going 800 miles further north and 2850 metres higher in altitude. It’s been a long trip so it feels good to be flying 800 miles closer to home. Once ... read more
Plaza de Santo Domingo
La Ronda
La Casa de los Geranios

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center May 7th 2018

It was cold and raining when we woke up and went down to breakfast. The four of us sat and discussed what we would do as we had a whole day in Quito until our flight after midnight. We decided to get a taxi and go into town. It was the first time that Don and I had been into town which was about an hour’s drive from the airport. Fortunately the weather improved somewhat, but it remained cool and overcast all day. The taxi service that the hotel used was a limousine service! We piled into the immaculate car and went into town. Caroline and the taxi driver were chatting in Spanish and we added our comments in a mix of Spanish/English. The journey into town was quite staggering. The road crossed a deep ... read more
El Maple vegan cakes
Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center March 31st 2018

Pour ceux qui pensent que voyager est un plaisir, voici le résumé de ma journée de changement de pays. Pas d'agence pour organiser le voyage et ne se soucier de rien, pas de bus direct entre Quito et Pasto ou Cali pour faciliter les choses et pas de budget pour prendre un avion. Réveil matinal donc à 7h00 pour quitter l'hostel à 8h00. 15 minutes de marche avec les sacs jusqu'à l'arrêt de bus pour prendre le trole (trolley) en direction de la gare routière. 30 minutes de trole ensuite avant d'enchaîner avec 5h de bus jusqu'à Tulcan, ville frontière avec la Colombie. Le point positif c'est qu'il y a des bus toutes les 10 ou 15 minutes et au-moins je n'aurai pas à attendre dans la gare routière. Arrivé à Tulcan, des taxis attendent à ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center March 30th 2018

Upon arrival in Ecuador, the 23rd and final country on our round the world trip, the beach started calling and we found ourselves in the beautiful coastal town of Montañita. Down to our last couple of weeks and acutely aware of the weather at home, we were keen to savor the sun and enjoy the beach life for a few days. Hammocks, beach strolls, amazing sunsets and tasty food - it was pure bliss. But all too soon it was time to say good bye to the beach bum life and we made our way to the city of Cuenca, a natural stop from the coast to Baños. Cuenca was originally established as the second capital of the Inca Empire after Cusco but today it is a famous expat destination. An exact number of expats hasn't ... read more
Strolling the beach in Montañita
Catedral de la Inmaculada
Graceful as ever!

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center March 11th 2017

I'm in Quito! My 6th continent, meaning another tick on my bucket list. My first impression of Quito was at 1am getting a taxi to my hostel, but already I can see that the people are very friendly, and remind me more of Mexico and Guatemala. I only have 2 days in Quito, so my plan is to make the most of it. The first morning I headed out to the old town for a walk around admiring the old building and people watching in the main plaza. I'm glad to see things have considerably gone back down in price compared to my recent spending - breakfast is $1-2. There are a lot of interesting vendors and little shops to look at, so I quite happily pass the morning wandering around the streets observing. Heading away ... read more
My massive lunch

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center October 12th 2016

Buenos dias DK! Turen startede med et par dage i hovedstaden Quito. Vi var rimelig ramte af jetlag, så det blev ikke til den helt vilde aktivitet. Da vi landede var alt indhyllet i skyer (knap 3000m oppe) og vi kunne intet se, det samme gjorde sig gældende da vi vågnede morgenen efter, men så fik solen fat og vi kunne se omfanget af Quito. Det er en væsentlig større by end jeg troede, der bor 1.7mio mennesker, men den strækker sig 60km i dalene mellem Andesbjergene. Generelt kan man ikke sige at byggestilen er specielt charmerende, det er firkantede betonbyggerier klods op og ned af hinanden. Så vi tog en tur til den gamle by for at kigge os omkring, og det var straks noget helt andet. Super charmerende, velholdte gamle bygninger, kirker og små ... read more
Avisen skal jo læses! Et torv i den gamle by
Fine kolonibygninger i den gamle bydel
Den lokale æggepusher

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito » Historical Center August 10th 2016

QUITO Our first day was spent wandering around the old town of Quito. The old town is split up between beautiful and grand old buildings and squares and alleys that can seem quite poor. Usually however there are great little gems such as small local restaurants around these areas that are great to try out. We were meant to go on a walking tour first but sadly the tour person never showed up, so from San Blas square we headed, guideless into the main squares. Our first stop was to Plaza de la Indepencia and the cathedral where we saw how the Spanish tried all sorts to get the people of Ecuador to believe in their Catholic gods rather than their existing Inca beliefs. They even painted a picture of the last supper in the cathedral ... read more
Plaza de la Indepencia
Presidents Palace
Inside the Cathedral

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