Starting off at the equator

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We started off our trip in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, situated in a valley, surrounded by the Andes and with a couple of volcanoes quite close-by. Although it is almost on the equator and one would think this would make for a hot tropical climate, because of the altitude, this is not the case. The temperatures are actually very pleasant (if a bit rainy, at least when we visited).
The city is divided into two parts, the new city, consisting mainly of modern buildings and high-rises, and the beautiful old colonial city, where most of the sights are. Most of the hotels are in the new part of town, but taking a taxi to the old part is not expensive at all. You will probably be staying in the new part of town (where most of the hotels are) and doing your sight-seeing in the colonial part.
A walking tour will take an entire day, and if you are interesting in visiting the churches (which is to be recommended), maybe more.

Quito Colonial

Your walking tour of the Colonial city will probably be centered around the main squares, Plaza de la Independencia and the Plaza de San Francisco, and the streets around them. On the Plaza de la Independencia you will find the government building (Palacio del Gobierno) and the cathedral. The Plaza de San Fransisco has beautiful vistas (you can see the Panecillo and the statue of the virgin on top of it from here) and the Monastery of San Francisco. Not to be missed is the Compania de Jesus on Sucre. You can see its domes from Plaza San Francisco.

The NewTown

With so much to be seen in the Colonial part, we didn't spend very much time in the modern part. The most important street is Avenida Amazonas, where you can find every kind of modern shop you would wish for. Here you will find hotels, restaurants, internet cafes, travel agencies, every facility for the tourist. There is a nice area with a lot of restaurants and outside dining

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