A Family RTW Travel Adventure (2008-2009)
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A Beautiful Surprise


None of us knew what to expect of Quito.  Frankly, I’m not sure I knew it existed before we decided to travel to the Galapagos as part of our round the world journey.  But it has been a beautiful surprise.

Flanked by volcanic peaks, blessed by near perfect weather and home to friendly and helpful people, Quito has proven to be an excellent starting point for our adventure.

We’ve been spending most of our time in Old Town, the historic center of Quito.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978.  In 2006 the city completed a massive multi-million dollar restoration program that has revitalized Centro, as the Quitenos refer to it.

Narrow streets, colonial architecture and lively plazas make it a great place to wander.

Here are some of the sights from our first days here.

A view of Quito from our hotel’s rooftop deck.
City View

View from the Plaza Grande.
Old Town Quito

View from Plaza San Francisco.
Old Town Quito

Detailed stonework on the La Compania de Jesus.
Old Town Quito

Conor mets a street performer on the Plaza Grande.

Street Performer

You can see more pictures of Quito here.

July 29, 2008   5 Comments

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