This city can be called very colonial, with its streets frozen in time. The structures are living history. There's a lot of life, tourists from around the world in one place, many blocks to go and unparalleled cold weather gives a European look. A visit of the Gothic church was my way to finish the tour, seen from any part of the city, it is impressive and breaks with the colonial historic center.
The place doesn't have much, but the monument with the line of the equator deserves a photo with one leg in each hemisphere. Although it is not true, as it was later shown, with GPS, that the equator passes a few feet away. Off-site, one can visit another place, which is located the real line.
Look how the Equadorians like enormous images in their big cities. Each city has theirs and the capital is no exception. The fact is that it is impressive and gives amazing views of the city. If you are lucky you can see the volcanoes in the background of the city.
The Church and Convent of St. Francis is part of the historic center of Quito, the best preserved and most beautiful historical area in Latin America. The Church and Convent of St. Francis was built on Incan ruins and are definitely worth a visit. The architecture is stunning, not just of the churches, but also the surrounding houses and buildings.
This attraction has cost the Ecuadorians a packet. Climb up the side of the Pichincha volcano to the top of the cross Loma and from there to the summit of Pichincha Rucu, although for the latter route it is good to have spent several days in the city to acclimatise yourself a bit. If ther is a long queue you buy the express pass for $7 to avoid a long wait.
It is undoubtedly the best choice for an after-dark drink and you find yourself in the historic town center. It is very heavily guarded by the tourist police, making it the safest area at night. It is full of history and bars where you can taste mulled wine and scrumptious pies or some pork crackling.
While most people go to La Carolina park to jog, skate or rollerblade, you can also go for a ride in a rowboat on the artificial lake. It's a nice place to row around the water surrounded by trees and reeds and feed the ducks. Especially great for children and couples.
I live in the capital of Ecuador and I could say that Quito has a good atmosphere, a very nice climate, the day is given according to the positions of the clouds. The sun always rises and sets at the same time. It's a long time since it started raining, hailing and covering the highest mountains in ice. Here it never snows, but now it's common to see White Mountains.
This museum should not be missed if you visit Quito, the Chapel of Man and the museum shows the works by this artist. At the very least, it will surprise you and move you. His works make you feel different emotions, which are put as the names of of his paintings, tenderness, rage ..... Essential.
You have to queue to take a guided tour of the Palacio de Gobierno. The most surprising part is the mosaic depicting the descent of Francisco de Orellana. You can also visit the rooms and take a picture that you'll later receive signed by the president. Not bad.
The Cathedral of Quito is in the old colonial part of the city, on the southern side of Independence Square. Until the sixteenth century, it was a simple country church with a thatched roof. They began to build a real cathedral in late sixteenth century. It was finished in 1565 and consecrated seven years later. The diocese of Quito was created in 1545. It is a very beautiful church. You can visit it outside hours of the masses, and can appreciate the Quito school, a style of religious art mixing Spanish and European techniques with the country's indigenous styles. In the church are the tombs of Marshal Antonio José de Sucre, and a few presidents of the Republic of Ecuador, as well as the bishops of the cathedral. The nneighbourhood is good by day because it is all bustling around, with lots of life in the square in front of the cathedral, but at night it's better not to go, because there is nothing, everything is closed, and it can even be dangerous if you alone.
An hour from the city of Quito is this special place on earth: LINE OF THE EQUATOR. The two parts to the world, the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It has this name not because of the country the line crosses, but because its the highest point and hence its studies were conducted there to measure the curvature of the earth and other measurements. Even if there are no certainties in half the world, there are two halves!
Separated by approximately 200 meters is the oldest line of Ecuador and the latest where the Intiñan Museum is. The most interesting thing of all is at the Intiñan Museum you can take a tour through some tests on the things happening specifically on the line. Like the water swirls one side or the other, depending on the hemisphere where you are, but on the equator line there's NO SWIRL! The other is the classic egg test (popular favourite) because due to the gravitational effect its easier to stand an egg up on a nail. I could not! But there are people who could. Thirdly is the power of force of both hemispheres by force against another. So if you try to walk the line blindfolded its very difficult to balance.
The Church of the Society of Jesus will blind you with the sheer amount of gold leaf on its walls. The green and gold domes are visible from almost everywhere in the historic center of Quito. Between the pillars are hidden faces of Indians, and it is considered the most beautiful church in the country.
Striking and thought provoking. Oswald Guayasamín was awarded a prize by UNESCO for his work in the area of human rights. Unusually his work is painted on panels which could be rearranged to create new perspectives.
If you liked Guernica or Francis Bacon this is a must see. The easiest way to arrive is by taxi around 5 dollars from Quito old town, the lady in the ticket office will call a return taxi.
If you return from South America via Madrid T4S you will be confronted once more by his outstanding work.
La Alameda is the oldest park in Quito, formerly known by the Indians as "chuquihuada "(in Quechua, "spearhead"). It's located in San Blas in the center of the city and covers an area of 6 hectares. It's particularly beautiful at night, although there are clouds in my pictures.