Quito
Quito

The sprawling city of 1.8 million people as seen from the TeleferiQo (aerial tram)

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Quito
Quito

The city is surrounded by numerous volcanoes

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Quito
Quito

Urban development climbing the sides of the hills and volcanoes

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El Panecillo hill
El Panecillo hill

At the southern end of the Centro Historico, crowned by the Virgin of Quito statue

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Winged Virgin of Quito
Winged Virgin of Quito

On the top of El Panecillo hill at the southern end of the Centro Historico

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Quito cathedral
Quito cathedral
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Quito - Urban Fabric
Quito - Urban Fabric

Narrow streets and colonial buildings of the Centro Historico

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Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel Plaza Grande

This historic luxury hotel is the most lavish and expensive in Quito. Located on the main square.

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La Compañía de Jesús
La Compañía de Jesús

Said to be the most beautiful church in Quito with its spectacular gold gilded interior (no photos allowed inside)

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Quito
Quito

Colonial building with Don Quixote figures, cathedral in the background

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Quito
Quito

For over 200 years, García Moreno Street (left) has been known as 'The Street of the Seven Crosses' because along the way 7 large stone crosses (right) indicate the presence of churches, chapels and convents. The pastel building is the Hotel Plaza Grande on the main square.

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Sara Palacios
Sara Palacios

Well-known Ecuadorian sculptor

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Quito
Quito

Artist studio at sculptor Sara Palacios' home and gallery

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Quito
Quito

Building facade

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Quito church
Quito church
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Quito
Quito

There are abundant cultural performances in the plazas and streets of Quito

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Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Facade of our hotel

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Quito
Quito

Intertior courtyard of our colonial hotel, Hotel San Francisco de Quito

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Quito
Quito

Famous fritada dish (roast pork) served with popcorn

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Quito
Quito

Street clown performing to a large crowd in the Grand Plaza

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Quito
Quito

Elaborate wax candles used in religious processions

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Quito
Quito
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 La Ronda, Quito
La Ronda, Quito

Lively narrow street with great night life

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La Compañía de Jesús
La Compañía de Jesús

Gold front door flanked by golden pillars

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La Compañía de Jesús
La Compañía de Jesús

Detail of the stone facade

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Quito
Quito

Modern dance performance in the streets

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Theatrum Restaurant
Theatrum Restaurant

5 star dining with friend Tari (we're always in our boat clothes)

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Map showing Ecuador
Map showing Ecuador

The name of the country comes from "equator" and its position at 0.00 degrees latitude.

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La Mitad del Mundo
La Mitad del Mundo

Center of the World - The official tourist equator spot (but not accurately located)

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Equator designation
Equator designation

A small globe marking the equator near the main highway

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Museo Inti Ñan
Museo Inti Ñan

Buzz and Vicki trying to balance an egg on a nail, one of the "energy mysteries" that exist on the equator

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Otavalo
Otavalo

One of the most important indigenous markets in Ecuador, known for textiles and woven goods

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Our hostal, Hotel Riviera Sucre

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Carved and decorated gourds

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Brightly painted wooden bowls

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Mother and child shopping the textile stalls

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Young indigenous girl looking over a selection of traditional gold beaded necklaces

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Indigenous woman in traditional dress

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Extensive textile market

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Wooden items for sale

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Otavalo
Otavalo

A customer trying to decide whether to buy this iguana/dragon sculpture

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Otavalo Church
Otavalo Church
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Otavalo Street Furniture
Otavalo Street Furniture

Stained glass designs adorn each street light in Otavalo's main street

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Municipal building in the main square

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Otavalo
Otavalo

Long tailed hummingbird

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