We came to Quito for four days and have stayed fifteen.  (The only other city on our travels where we’ve  spent so much time is Bangkok.)

Although it was very late when we arrived the owner of our guest house took us up to the terrace to show us the view of the Quito.

The hush that comes with the middle of the night lay over the city. Street lights wound up the hills, the windows of a few houses twinkled, their owners night owls or insomniacs. The churches, there are a lot of them, and other important buildings were all brightly lit.

In every direction Quito sparkled with the love of life, and for me it was love at first sight.


A small part of the view from the terrace of our Guest House. The church is Basilica del Sagrado Voto Nacional

That love of life has revealed itself to us every day of the fifteen we have been here. It’s summer. And summer means party time.

Music and arts events are on every corner or so it seems.


Nanda Manachi performing at Itchimbia, Quito

Even the president, Rafael Correa, exudes a sense of fun. Every Monday, if he’s in the city, he appears on the balcony of the Presidential Palace for the changing of the guard. He’s third from the right in the photo below.


Dignitaries on the balcony of the Presidential Palace, Quito

No worrying about standing up straight for him.  It was much more important to wave to a group of school children who, by the way, were given the best seats on the Plaza to watch the spectacle. (More about this in my next post.)

Wednesday (August 10th) was Ecuador’s Independence Day. The Presidential Palace was decorated with bunting.


The Presidential Palace, Quito,  all dressed up for Independence Celebrations

Vendors were everywhere. I think it might have been a tough crowd,


Street Vendors, Plaza Grande, Quito

but this guy had plenty of swag!


Street vendor, Plaza Grande, Quito

People flocked to the churches, museums, and other significant sites. Entrance was free for the day so they often had to wait in long queues for their turn. No matter whether they were seventy or seven, they listened intently to the guides who explained Ecuador’s history and Quito’s geographical and political significance. (More on that another time.)


It’s all about participation


Learning was fun for these kids at the Museo De La Ciudad

As for John and I, we hit the road again on Monday.

I’m going to miss this place.


At El Panecillo Hill, Quito

We’re heading north, into the Amazon.

It’s jungle time.

There’ll be no Internet. There will be Tarantulas and Anaconda but I’m not scared. (Much!)

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10 replies »

  1. How did you feel about safety at night in Quito? I visited in 2007 and it felt a bit sketchy, but I’m wondering now if I just felt that because it was my first stop on my first solo trip. It looks really lovely in your post, makes me want to go back and give it another go!


  2. Wonderful photos and descriptions. As always you make me want to follow you to these places. Since I can’t, your blog is the next best thing. You write so well, I got excited with you about a place I have never heard about. Thanks, Jill…you are a blessing to so many of us.

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