A weekend of sightseeing with my two new friends Gia and Luke! Starting in the thoroughly modern part of Quito, on the overpriced Quitotourbus. The benefit of paying the money over just taking local buses was that it was fine to get your camera out (plus you get that raised viewpoint) but afterwards we reckoned a couple of people could take a taxi and do a similar route cheaper! Live and learn. Plus you wouldn’t necessarily have the cheesy piped music to listen to…
I think it’s fair to say that we’re all just a little bit surprised (unjustly) by the mass presence of technology here; virtually every other shop is a smartphone shop!
La Calle de las Siete Cruces – the street of seven crosses, in the beautiful historic centre:
A view of Pichincha, the inactive volcano that dominates the skyline on the west side of Quito, taken from El Panecillo, 3,000m above sea level with gorgeous view across the city:
The peak of Pichincha, which you can’t see from the city below. Walking up here I could feel the altitude shortening my breath, as we were at 4,100m. But it felt much more free and clean than in the city. I made sure to take some moments to close my eyes, drop my shoulders and take a deep breath of freedom!
If anyone has any questions about Quito or my stay here, I’d be happy to answer if I can!