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Avenida de los Volcanes – Ecuador

After three days in Quito, it was time to pack up and head south down the Avenida de los Volcanes. Aptly named, this is a long stretch of volcanoes between Quito and Latacunga which includes some of the highest active volcanoes in the world.

The departure from Quito was a struggle after a 6am finish the night before, but the hefty breakfast at the hostel did the trick to make me feel slightly more human. The Secret Garden Hostel had a sister version in the middle of an area known as Parque Cotopaxi – a 3 hour trip south, so I booked a room there as this was situated perfectly in a park at the basin of the main volcanoes. I shared a minibus from the hostel in Quito with an American girl called Joanna and an English girl Clare. As we headed toward the nearest town, Machachi, we were treated to some beautiful green scenery along the way. I hadn’t imagined Ecuador to be so lush, but the hills and countryside were en par with anything you see back home. Hidden in amongst the greenery, however, were droves of small shanty towns and dusty roads leading to real estate areas under development. The country was still under transformation, with mass engineering and construction sites seen all the way down the motorway to Machachi.

Road-to-Machachi, Ecuador

Road to Machachi – Ecuador


Quito-to-Machachi, Ecuador

Quito to Machachi – Ecuador


Market-of-Machachi, Ecuador

Market of Machachi – Ecuador

After stocking up with food and water supplies at Machachi, we swapped to a 4×4 Jeep and took a sharp detour off into the surrounding volcanic hills. Parque Cotopaxi is central to the huge dormant volcanoes, “El Corazon” (The Heart – 4,788 metres), Ruminahui (4,712 metres), Pasachoa (4,190 metres) and the dominating Cotopaxi itself which sat at 5,897 metres above sea level. Cotopaxi itself is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world but hasn’t gone off since 1940.

At the end of the road, we arrived at the Secret Garden Hostel at a nice lunchtime. The hostel was situated at the bottom of Pasachoa, smack bang in the middle of the Cotopaxi valley. The setting was magnificent with the landscapes a picture of the south-west of England, but with the dominating volcanoes as a backdrop.

Parque-Cotopaxi-Countryside, Ecuador

Parque Cotopaxi Countryside – Ecuador


Cloud-Cover-over-Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Cloud Cover over Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Secret-Garden-Hostel, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Secret Garden Hostel – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador

The hostel was run by an Australian and Ecuadorian couple and it was a sweet little set up that they owned. Two volunteers – Sam and Ben – helped out for the season, with the family’s children and pet dogs also buzzing around. They had 2 Dalmatians called Oreo and Basil and two Dachshunds called Mash and Daisy. The dogs kept us company throughout the next couple of days, charging around the landscapes wherever we went.

After lunch, the hosts took us on a very rewarding trek up the nearby waterfalls and streams which gave me a chance to bond with a few of the guys that were staying there – Joanna and Clare as well as Will, Tyler, Sascha and Marta, the quadruplet coming from Canada. We also met Dale, a 50-year old nurse from the UK who was out on a sabbatical break from work in Australia. Clare was my main partner in crime for the day helping each other over the precarious jungle gym setting, with Mash, the tiny Dachshund leading the way out front with his pal Basil.

Me-and-the-Waterfalls-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Me and the Waterfalls of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Mash-in-the-Wilderness, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Mash in the Wilderness – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Waterfalls-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Waterfalls of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Climbing-the-Waterfalls-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Climbing the Waterfalls of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Interlude-at-the-Waterfalls-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Interlude at the Waterfalls of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Group-Ascending-Waterfalls-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

The Group Ascending Waterfalls of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador

As we descended back to the hostel, we were then presented with a clear view of Ruminhua to our left with the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi also gleaming off in the distance.

Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Peaks-of-Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Peaks of Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador

With little to do in the evening, time was spent in front of a blazing fire after dinner playing games with a few drinks. All very peaceful and surreal and almost like we were back home in many ways.

The following morning, a few of us decided to go for some hiking around Pasachoa for the day, which was quite a brisk, if not long, six hour walk. Ben was the main guide who took us, again with the presences of the dogs, taking us right up to the peak of the volcano at 4,190 metres. The start of the walk took us through part of the waterfalls again before we swung a left up towards the peak. Wildlife was pretty scarce and as we headed up towards the peak, the fog started to pull in from afar. It got colder and colder at every step and once at the top, the winds and fog encapsulated us. We were hoping to get a view of the huge dormant crater, but the fog filled its deep crevice obscuring the view. Oxygen was quite thin at this altitude so a few of the guys really struggled with the weather and the steep walks. Half way down, the ultra-competitive Will and I decided to spice things up a bit and carve out our own little route away from the main walkway. We seamlessly bounced our way down the spongy greenery and at times had to build new tunnels through rugged terrain. Eventually, we got to the bottom, joined the rest of the group and headed back to the hostel.

Ben-Leading-the-Way, Pasachoa-Waterfalls, Ecuador

Ben Leading the Way – Pasachoa Waterfalls – Ecuador


Climbing-up-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Climbing up to Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Top-of-Pasachoa-Waterfall, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Top of the Pasachoa Waterfall – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Ascent-to-Top-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Ascent to the Top of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Hills-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Hills of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Walkway-up-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Walkway up Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


A-View-from-the-Pasachoa-Crater, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

A View from the Pasachoa Crater – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Hidden-Crater-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Hidden Crater of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Hidden, Pasachoa-Peak,  Ecuador

Hidden – Pasachoa Peak – Ecuador


In-the-Fog, Pasachoa, Ecuador

In the Fog – Pasachoa – Ecuador


Daisy-Onlooking, Pasachoa, Ecuador

Daisy Onlooking – Pasachoa – Ecuador


Top-of-Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Top of Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Windswept, Pasachoa, Ecuador

Windswept – Pasachoa – Ecuador


Waterway, Pasachoa, Parque-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Waterway – Pasachoa – Parque Cotopaxi, Ecuador


The-Fog-Descends, Pasachoa, Ecuador

The Fog Descends – Pasachoa – Ecuador


Volcano-Face, Pasachoa, Ecuador

Volcano Face – Pasachoa – Ecuador

That night, the clouds that had circled us throughout the day cleared to leave a beautiful night sky. The number of stars that I could see was astronomical – the most amount I’ve ever seen. So I spent most of the night with a beer and the guys, looking out into the night. The only strange thing about this whole experience though, was how we were completely isolated from local human life. We really could have been anywhere had it not been for the obvious volcanic surroundings!

The last day in Parque Cotopaxi was saved for a trek up Cotopaxi itself.

Me-and-Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Me and Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador

Will, Tyler, Sascha, Marta, Dale, Clare and myself loaded up in the 4×4 Jeep with some bikes strapped to the roof. The day started off with clear blue skies, so we were all extremely excited to be trekking up the active volcano. However, as we approached the furthest point by road at the bottom of the hiking trail, the weather took a turn for the worst. The Jeep was surrounded by thick fog within minutes and as we parked up, huge gales and torrential rain pounded down on us, rocking the Jeep as we sat in it. You could hardly see a few metres ahead of you as conditions kept on deteriorating. The guys taking us on the trek then gave us the option – do we stay, or do we attempt the hike? We of course had to give it a go but I didn’t last more than ten minutes. I hate wind at the most of times, but the gales had picked up to hurricane levels of at least 100mph. I didn’t have a decent rain jacket on me, just a big poncho, so I put that on in the hope that would do the trick. After struggling to even get the jeep doors open, we started ascending the volcano face. There was absolutely no grip under foot with the red sands of the volcano just eating our feet away. The wind was ferocious and every step I took resulted in my poncho being filled up with air, lifting me off my feet and dumping me back five feet back from where I came from. At the top of the ridge where we were risking being thrown off the edge, it was like a movie setting where I eventually had to give up, shouting, “you guys go on without me”, like I wasn’t going to survive. My hands froze in minutes and I couldn’t feel my face as temperatures plummeted in the wind. Tyler and Sascha had already given up and head back to the Jeep, and faced by the intensifying cold winds, I decided to join them. Will, Dale and Clare kept on going towards to peak. After about an hour back in the jeep, the guys then returned frozen, wet and battered. They managed to reach the refuge hut a little higher up from the ridge, but were quite sensibly turned away back down the volcano by the rangers as the peak of Cotopaxi was experiencing electrical storms. As enticing as it sounded, they had a quick cup of tea and came back.

Car-Park, Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Car Park – Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Fighting-the-Wind, Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Fighting the Wind – Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Frozen-Gang, Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Frozen Gang – Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Frozen-Dale, Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Frozen Dale – Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Jeep-Ride-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Jeep Ride up Cotopaxi – Ecuador


Bike-Ride, Volcan-Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Bike Ride down Volcan Cotopaxi – Ecuador

Chattering away, we made a move back down to camp. Half way down, we exited the hurricane conditions so took to the mountain bikes to head down the rest of the volcano. I managed to keep detaching my chain on the way down retiring about half way down along with a couple of the others who had just given up because of the uncomfortable feedback on the handlebars that cramped them up from the bumpy ride.

Then back at camp, it was time for lunch before we prepared to head off further south through Ecuador…

Further Reading

 
Avenida de los Volcanes
http://www.trenecuador.com/

Parque Cotopaxi
http://www.quito.com.ec

Secret Garden – Cotopaxi
http://secretgardencotopaxi.com/

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Quito Part Two – Ecuador

After a good night’s sleep to make me feel slightly more human, I had a decent serving of breakfast from the terrace area at the hostel with Sarah and a guy called Ewan from Bristol. We then headed over the the “Mitad del Mundo”, a museum about half an hour outside the centre of town to check out the aptly named Centre of the Earth.

Ecuadorian-with-Pork-Pie-Hat, Quito, Ecuador

Ecuadorian with Pork Pie Hat – Quito, Ecuador

The Mitad del Mundo museum was an interesting place accessible by an expensive cab or, as we decided, by taking a couple of local buses. Way up on one of the stretching hillsides outside Quito, it’s a museum sitting in the middle of a deserted zone – an area you didn’t want to be thumbing for a ride home should you miss the last bus back. Although gimmicky, it was still interesting to see an array of magic tricks which arguably identified whether you were stood on the northern or southern side of the Equator – this included water swirling clockwise to anti-clockwise, eggs balancing on the pin head of a nail and varying strength tests on and around the Equator line. The basic premise of the strength test was to exhibit how gravity is at its most powerful and balanced on the equator line itself. Another big lesson I learnt was not to take a piss in any rivers – we were introduced to the unpleasant Candiru Fish (the locals call it Earth Worm) – a creature that hones in on urine and makes his way up the urethra to implant itself. The only way out is by dragging it out…

Equator-Line, Mitad-del-Mundo, Quito, Ecuador

Equator Line – Mitad del Mundo – Quito, Ecuador


Sun-Clock, Mitad-del-Mundo, Quito, Ecuador

Sun Clock – Mitad del Mundo – Quito, Ecuador


Egg-Balancing, Mitad-del-Mundo, Quito, Ecuador

Egg Balancing – Mitad del Mundo – Quito, Ecuador


Perfectly-Balanced-Egg-on-Nail, Mitad-del-Mundo, Ecuador

Perfectly Balanced Egg on Nail – Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador


Finger-Force, Mitad-del-Mundo, Quito, Ecuador

Finger Force – Mitad del Mundo – Quito, Ecuador


Sun-Dial-Mitad-del-Mundo, Quito, Ecuador

Sun Dial at Mitad del Mundo – Quito, Ecuador


Mitad-del-Mundo-Guide, Quito, Ecuador

Mitad del Mundo Guide – Quito, Ecuador


Tribal-Statue, Quito, Ecuador

Tribal Statue – Quito, Ecuador


Candiru-Fish-Bottled, Quito, Ecuador

Candiru Fish Bottled – Quito, Ecuador

After a couple of hours, we started walking down towards the bus stop to head back into town, pausing at a deserted dusty road side restaurant for some eggs on toast. There were no paths en route, so it felt like we were fugitives thumbing down the highway. At the other end of the bus journey, we wandered back to the hostel via the new town which turned out to be a shocking area created for western gravis. There was even a Chelsea bar in one of the central squares flying the Lion flag relating to Chelsea Football Club. It however, wasn’t actually a football bar – just a Euro pop bar. As we walked through the expanse of the Parque Ejido which acted as a natural border between the old and new town, police presence started to pick up. As they put you instantly on edge as you suddenly couldn’t help but be wary of onlooking eyes, we quickened the pace until we arrived back at the hostel safely for a night of Andean music.

El-Mariscal-Streets, Quito, Ecuador

El Mariscal Streets – Quito, Ecuador


Bars-of-El-Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Bars of El Mariscal – Quito, Ecuador


Ecuadorian-Band, Quito, Ecuador

Ecuadorian Band – Quito, Ecuador

On the final day in Quito, I decided to walk back into the old town to check out the huge Basilica del Voto Nacional de Quito before trekking back over to the new town of El Mariscal to see if I’d missed anything on the previous day. For the first time, I woke up with a little bit of altitude sickness which meant I spent the rest of the day in a bit of a blur. At the Basilica, I bumped into Chris – one of the guys who woke me up at the first hostel – so I hung out with him for the rest of the day. The Basilica itself was quite amazing. The most precarious part of the visit was when we decided to head to the clock towers way up high so we could get a decent panoramic view of the city – like the crumbling buildings of the city, we had to make our way across a dodgy rickety wooden bridge that spanned the church eaves, before carefully trudging up a steel ladder without any safety around you to stop you plummeting to impending death. But it was worth the fear for the spectacular views.

Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Facade-of-the-Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Facade of the Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Aisle-Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Aisle of the Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Inside-the-Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Inside the Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Clock-Towers-Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Clock Towers of the Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Precarious-Gangway, Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Precarious Gangway – Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Clock-Towers-Basilica-de-Quito, Ecuador

Clock Towers of the Basilica de Quito – Ecuador


Quito-New-Town-Skyline, Ecuador

Quito New Town Skyline – Ecuador


School-Playground, Quito, Ecuador

School Playground – Quito, Ecuador


Quito-New-Town-Skyline, Ecuador

Quito New Town Skyline – Ecuador


Quito-Architecture, Ecuador

Quito Architecture – Ecuador


Quito-Skyline-View, Basilica, Ecuador

Quito Skyline View from the Basilica – Ecuador

Later, we took a bite to eat in the main Plaza Grande before making our way over to El Mariscal. I was still feeling heady from the altitude, so we stopped off at a shisha bar for some local remedy which instantly did the trick.

For the final night back at the hostel, having felt frustrated at not really left the hostel at night for fear of being attacked, a group of us took part in the hostel quiz before buying some tickets to hit some bars in El Mariscal. It was a bit of a tourist shepherding into the safest of the local bars, and really the the only logical way of going out. I wasn’t confident enough yet in myself to go into central Quito at night.

The bars we headed into also introduced me for what was to come on most nights out. Everybody talks about the stereotype of Latin blood – how much they like to dance, drink and party, take drugs and have sex liberally. As westerners, walking into some proper local bars meant that the focus around us was exemplified. At each and every bar, guys and girls would flock to check us out and show us their moves like a special episode of a BBC Nature programme. Locals weren’t fearful of getting down and dirty with scenes of couples needing to be pulled off each other most of the time before tearing each other’s clothes off. The dance floors were cramped, smoky, sweaty and full of life. And I loved every minute of it.

Further Reading

 
Centre of the Earth – Mitad del Mundo
http://www.mitaddelmundo.com/

La Basilica del Voto Nacional de Quito
http://www.quito.com.ec/

Quito and the Conquistadores
http://www.quitoadventure.com/

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Quito Part One – Ecuador

Waking up suddenly in sweats, I found myself on top of a bunk bed staring down at two guys who were showered and getting changed. They were clearly hung-over and couldn’t help but clatter around the room making as much noise as they possibly could. I still felt completely nauseated and it took me a while to introduce myself to the guys and explain I was a bit disorientated as I’d just come over from Auckland.

It was a strange feeling – I was finally in South America but my body and mind just didn’t react to it positively. I headed round the corner for breakfast with the two guys before I took a shower and a cab into the centre of Quito where I was to stay for the next three nights. In between, I then suddenly realised – I forgot my sister was expecting her first child so I quickly logged onto the internet to see if there was any news. Roman Thomas Wise was born at 9.01am on May 2nd weighing in at 7lbs 1oz! I fortunately managed to have a one way excitable Skype call with my sister Deborah and my brother-in-law Laurie, but the connection was terrible. I never felt so far away from home in my life at that point. Although I was about to start the best part of my journey, the one I had most looked for too, I also yearned to be at home to see Roman. Compounded by my biliousness, it took me a while to get to grips again and head out into the old town to check into the Secret Garden Hostel.

As I checked in, I then suddenly came to life again. Turning round from the reception desk, I was hit by a stunning view of Quito. The city sits 2,800 metres above sea water in amongst the hills of the top of the Andes and is the highest legal capital city in the world. Quito itself was born following the invasion of the Spanish conquistadors and the Real Audiencia back in the 1530s and developed from basic farming and peasantry to a rich trade in textiles. The hostel was situated high up on top of one of the surrounding hillsides so we could see for miles out into the distance. I then also twigged why I was still so nauseated – I was forgetting that I was most likely acclimatising to the altitude.

Quito wasn’t quite how I imagined it. I expected the city to be a huge ragged cosmopolitan, but, for some reason, it completely alluded me as to its setting high up in the hills. The city was sprawling – everywhere you looked, you could see Quito’s suburbs eat away at the lush green forests around. But, at the same time, its expanse felt quite isolated and compact. The hillsides seemed to hold the city in its cup, protected from the outside world.

La-Victoria-Suburb, Quito, Ecuador

La Victoria Suburb – Quito, Ecuador


El-Sena-Suburb, Quito, Ecuador

El Sena Suburb – Quito, Ecuador


El-Sena-Suburb, Quito, Ecuador

El Sena Suburb – Quito, Ecuador

The buildings weren’t particularly overbearing either. The streets were narrow, long and windy, with old white unkempt Spanish empire buildings crumbling away. They were cobbled like any central or southern Spanish town. The central areas themselves were generally well kept in terms of cleanliness – the buildings themselves just had old rustic and enticing character. Shops were open selling all kinds of merchandise, food and textiles – almost lining up like markets, but housed in bricks and mortar. The Ecuadorians themselves were also quite petite in general. Wandering around, I was of course anxious as to my safety, knowing the tales of danger that lurked on every street corner. But grasping my camera in hand, I didn’t feel at all perturbed by the city. It seemed quite peaceful – it was bustling in parts, but generally, it didn’t feel like a capital city.

Streets-of-Quito-Central, Ecuador

Streets of Quito Central – Ecuador


Streets-of-Quito, Ecuador

Streets of Quito – Ecuador


Calle-Chile, Quito, Ecuador

Calle Chile – Quito, Ecuador


Streets-Heading-up-to-the-Hills-of-Quito, Ecuador

Streets Heading up to the Hills of Quito, Ecuador


Calle-Venezuela, Quito, Ecuador

Calle Venezuela – Quito, Ecuador


Colonial-Buildings-of-Quito, Ecuador

Colonial Buildings of Quito, Ecuador


Schoolgirls-Walking, Quito, Ecuador

Schoolgirls Walking – Quito, Ecuador


Looking-up-the-Streets-of-Quito, Ecuador

Looking up the Streets of Quito – Ecuador

As I passed through the Plaza Grande in the centre, taking in the old cathedral and Palacio del Gobierno (Town Hall), the locals all seemed quite pleasant.

Later, I walked down the Calle Garcia Moreno, passing the beautiful gold filled Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus (Church of Jesus’ Disciples) towards the Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) which backed off the hills of El Panecillo where the statue of the Virgin Mary overlooked the city. The evidence of the Spanish pilgrimage was rife. As I stepped into the museum, camera hanging round my neck, I was then forewarned by the ticket seller – do not walk towards El Panecillo looking like that or you won’t come back in one piece. Note taken.

Plaza-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

Plaza Grande – Quito, Ecuador


Independence-Statue, Plaza-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

Independence Statue – Plaza Grande – Quito, Ecuador


La-Plaza-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

La Plaza Grande – Quito, Ecuador


Catedral-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

Catedral Grande – Quito, Ecuador


Iglesia-Merced, Quito, Ecuador

Iglesia Merced – Quito, Ecuador


Palacio-de-Independencia, Quito, Ecuador

Palacio de Independencia – Quito, Ecuador


Capilla-de-La-Iglesia-Merced, Quito, Ecuador

Capilla de La Iglesia Merced – Quito, Ecuador


Base-of-the-Capilla-de-la-Iglesia-Merced, Quito, Ecuador

Base of the Capilla de la Iglesia Merced – Quito, Ecuador


Iglesia-de-la-Compania, Quito, Ecuador

Iglesia de la Compania – Quito, Ecuador


Banco-Central-de-Quito, Ecuador

Banco Central de Quito – Ecuador


Quito-Museum, Ecuador

Quito Museum – Ecuador


Hills-of-El-Panecillo, Quito, Ecuador

Hills of El Panecillo – Quito, Ecuador

As I then visited the Plaza San Francisco, the earlier warning from the ticket booth seller at the museum started to plague me. Paying more attention to what was going on about me, I started to realise that the crumbling buildings actually surrounded a bigger issue to its people. A lot of the Quitorians were still poor – if this was central to the city, one could only imagine the suburbs. People did seem to be wandering around without objective. They were people searching for scraps of work or food. On street corners, shifty characters would lurk around. People would be transferring textiles and other merchandise on their backs from one place to another. The worn faces of the locals showed their struggle for survival. Wandering around the city market, I felt prying eyes on me. It could have been intrigue, it could have been more.

Plaza-San-Francisco, Quito, Ecuador

Plaza San Francisco – Quito, Ecuador


School-Bus, Quito, Ecuador

School Bus – Quito, Ecuador


Catch-up-Time, Plaza-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

Catch-up Time – Plaza Grande – Quito, Ecuador


Courting, Plaza-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

Courting – Plaza Grande – Quito, Ecuador


Old-Man-Walking-to-Work, Quito, Ecuador

Old Man Walking to Work – Quito, Ecuador


Thoughtful, Quito, Ecuador

Thoughtful – Quito, Ecuador


Toddler-Wandering, Plaza-Grande, Quito, Ecuador

Toddler Wandering – Plaza Grande – Quito, Ecuador


Shoe-Shining, Quito, Ecuador

Shoe Shining – Quito, Ecuador

As night drew in, I headed back to the hostel. I met a mother and daughter from Canada, Janvier and Beverley as well as a girl from London called Sarah. In the evening we sat up in the rooftop bar overlooking the Quito skyline. A couple of fellow hostellers came back to report they’d been mugged just down the street – their cameras and wallets stolen. After meeting a couple of other people, Joanna and Ewan from the US as well as three or four others from Europe, they all had tales of being attacked or threatened. And I thought it was a peaceful place…

Further Reading

 
Quito Tourist Guide
http://www.quito.com.ec/en/

UNESCO World Heritage Site
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/2

Quito and the Conquistadores
http://www.quitoadventure.com/ecuador-info/history/quito/spanish-conquest-quito.html

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