Quito sunset

Sunset over Quitumbe

Beautiful light on a crisp evening in Quito. I was on my way to the Quitumbe bus terminal, having finished my volunteer stint. Next stop: Ecuadorian coast.

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Being Mexican in Ecuador

Hay burrito

My preferred Quito hostel serves dinner family-style every night. One night, Mexican burritos were on offer. They looked damn tasty, though the vegetarian, bean and cheese variety ended up being rather bland (no Joel, I have yet to “cave” as you predict).

However, the guacamole served on the side (see below) more than made up for it.

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Graf love de Quito

Names and hearts

Young people never miss an opportunity to proclaim their affections on monuments. This from high up in the eastern spire of Quito’s national basilica.

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Quito’s monumental basilica

A fun climb

On my first full day in Quito, I went for a walk around part of the old historic district and made my way to the Basilica del Voto Nacional, also known as the Basilica de San Juan.

It’s a huge church with twin fore-spires and a single rear tower with some of the best views over Quito. The stoic grey stone with subtle ornamentation outside, stained glass windows, and towering ceilings: it’s gothic beauty.

I spent most of an afternoon exploring where I could, taking pictures and hiding out from a hail storm. Enjoy the photos below.

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Clouds over Quito

A view to the south

A view from Quito’s basilica. On the hill stands the Virgin of El Panecillo. The city is truly wonderful, a jumble of history and culture and modernism all at once. Beautiful and clean with a dangerous side.

I could spend more than few days here.

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