In the month of May 2015, I had the opportunity to visit Quito Ecuador.
Since I was in Lima, taking a Lan Peru flight to Quito was only two hours. At Quito airport, I took a taxi to our hotel in La Floresta area, and I paid $ 25.
On my arrival, I was surprised by the vegetation and how good the streets were. People are very friendly and always willing to help if you ask for information; you can still see many women in their beautiful colorful indigenous dresses and that in Lima, for example, is not seen much, it’s mostly seen in the mountains.I’m sharing some photos of my tour and my visit; I hope you like them and find them useful.
La Ronda Street:
The oldest street in Quito, it’s bohemian, with crafts shops, cozy restaurants, painters and the best thing is it’s completely pedestrian.
The Quito cable car:
It reaches up to 4,050 meters, a walk for all ages and especially for the children. The more adventurous ones can walk to the summit of the Pichincha volcano. From above you can see a spectacular view of Quito.
La Carolina Park:
In this park there is a botanical garden and a reptile house, you can also rent bikes. The biggest and most modern shopping centers in Quito are within walking distance. I recommend Quicentro.
Basilica del voto nacional:
Located in the historic center of the city, it has a cafe in the square of the parish. It is a perfect starting point for a walking tour to other interesting places; from here it is a short walk to Casa del Alabado Museum.
The Cafetina, located inside the Ocho y medio cinema:
The Cafetina is the perfect place to have a drink in a very alternative and cultural environment, the friendly young staff make you feel at home and not as a tourist. Address: Valladolid N 24-353 and Vizcaya.
View from the Swiss Hotel in “hip” neighborhood of La Floresta where there is much cultural and artistic movement, when it is not cloudy you can see the Cotopaxi.
Visiting Homero Ortega and buying a hat:
With more than 40 years of experience, is the perfect place to buy a hat, I was looking for the typical Panama hat, prices are from $30. Address: Benalcázar N 2-52 and Sucre (also in La Floresta).
The main entrance door is most of the times closed for security reasons, you just have to ring the bell and they will open you.
Of course, there is much more to see in this wonderful city, but this was my choice in the short time I was there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this and I hope this helps you in planning your own trip or serves
as an inspiration; greetings and thanks for visiting my blog!