Quito - Capital of Ecuador - (We've crossed the equator!)

Quito Travel Blog

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Amazing basilica. We climbed both the towers on left and right!
Checked into Hostal Chicago in the San Blas area.
Checked out the old and new towns. New town really wasn't up to much, although if you want to go out, this is where you have to go, being careful not to be mugged of course. Taxis everywhere after dark in this town.
We visited the Basilica Voto Nacional and had great fun climbing the towers up ladders and the like...not for the faint hearted! You can even climb outside on a rather precarious ledge if you so desire. Not sure anyone's done a risk assessment on that! Excellent!
Went to the classic Quito photo opportunity of Plaza de San Francisco, which we took a photo of. Popped into the museum, but it was pretty boring unfortunately unless you're very very into religious art. No real history of the place. One saving grace was the carved wooden features in the church upstairs. No photos allowed.
Having had fun climbing the Basilica, we decided to give Rucu Pinchincha a go having acclimatised in Quito for a couple of days. Was quite difficult walking up at that altitude and we spent 3hrs heading up. We didn't quite make the summit as the weather suddenly came in covering the top in thick cloud and the temperature plunged. The walk back down was much easier! If you want to try this start as early as you can to get up before the weather closes in (as it does every day).

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Amazing basilica.  We climbed both…
Amazing basilica. We climbed bot…
Walkway through the roof of the ba…
Walkway through the roof of the b…
View from the little spiky tower
View from the little spiky tower
View from half way up the big cloc…
View from half way up the big clo…
Hells bells!
Hells bells!
Plaza y Monastery de San Francisco
Plaza y Monastery de San Francisco
TeleferiQo up the flanks of Volcan…
TeleferiQo up the flanks of Volca…
At the top of the cable car (4100m…
At the top of the cable car (4100…
Started off quite warm
Started off quite warm
Happy to be coming down after the …
Happy to be coming down after the…
Well it does say ...sing a waiver…
Well it does say "...sing a waive…
Quito Hostels review
Nice rooftop terrace. (Apparently Secret Garden has better views, but this place is more relaxing)
Quito
photo by: Bluetraveler