Old Quito

Quito – Capital, Carnival, Cold, And Running Into Gandhi By Accident

13C-55F At The Equator

13C-55F At The Equator

Despite being on the equator, Quito is cold since it is 2800m/9240ft high. I really don’t like being cold and Quito was a reminder of this.

Otherwise, Quito is a huge city and not a ton of touristy things to see or do. I think many people come to Quito since it’s where the main airport is, maybe stay a day or two, and then head out to other places like the Pacific in the west, the Amazon in the east, The Galapagos Islands, etc.

I visited during Carnival and the city was completely deserted. Most people leave the city and head to the beach to take advantage of the four-day weekend. Most stores were closed and the city was abandoned.

Plaza Foch

There is a plaza called Plaza Foch. It’s where the foreigners all congregate. You can find bars, cafes, wifi, inflated prices, police, etc. Below are some pictures.

Plaza Foch

Plaza Foch

Plaza Foch

Plaza Foch

Historical Center

I also visited Quito’s historical center. It was a little colorful, the streets were narrow, and the cathedral was there. Not far from the historical center is the statue of the virgin, where you can get a nice view of the city. I didn’t go up there though.

Churches

There were a lot of churches in Quito. Here are a few below.

Churches

Churches

Churches

Churches

Innards Soup

I tried chicken foot soup in Pasto, Colombia and in Quito I tried a soup that contained all the chicken’s innards – heart, liver, kidneys, etc.  I didn’t like it..

Chicken Innards Soup

Chicken Innards Soup

Tail

In Medellin I wrote about having a toilet paper tail. In Quito I found a man with a real tail!

A Man With A Tail

A Man With A Tail

Bad Form

Yes, it’s cool that Quito has lots of streets dedicated to historical figures and places around the world. But I call bad form on translating names!

Come On Ecuador, It's George!

Come On Ecuador, It’s George!

Bad Couchsurfing Experience

While in Quito, my first bad couchsuring experience happened. But it was bad because of me!

I heated up a kettle because I was freezing and I wanted to make tea. But somehow the glass pot cover on the stove was too close and the glass shattered. Crap.. So I had to buy a new pot for my host.

Nevertheless, my host Mabel still put me in touch with her friend in the Amazon who is going to let me tag along on a “toxy tour” to survey the environmental damage inflicted on the indigenous people by the oil companies.

This was the only thing firmly on my list of things I wanted to do in Ecuador, so I truly appreciate that Mabel set this up for me!

Next Big City

I’m not a big fan of cities anymore, and the lack of “depth” in this post probably shows that clearly. But my next major city, Lima, will be different. I have lots of friends there from business school and I can’t wait to get there and see them!

Ending On A Positive Note

I don’t know that I’ve written much about it on the blog, but Gandhi is one of my heroes. I can’t wait to get to India and walk in his footsteps on the Dandi march and visit places he touched.

I found this plaza by accident as it wasn’t on my map. Awesome!

Plaza de India

Plaza de India

Plaza de India - Gandhi

Plaza de India – Gandhi

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