Quito
Quito

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

Quito
Quito

The city is surrounded by numerous volcanoes

Quito
Quito

Urban development climbing the sides of the hills and volcanoes

El Panecillo hill
El Panecillo hill

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

Winged Virgin of Quito
Winged Virgin of Quito

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

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

Narrow streets and colonial buildings of the Centro Historico

Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel Plaza Grande

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

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)

Quito
Quito

Colonial building with Don Quixote figures, cathedral in the background

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.

Sara Palacios
Sara Palacios

Well-known Ecuadorian sculptor

Quito
Quito

Artist studio at sculptor Sara Palacios' home and gallery

Quito
Quito

Building facade

Quito church
Quito church
Quito
Quito

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

Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Hotel San Francisco de Quito

Facade of our hotel

Quito
Quito

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

Quito
Quito

Famous fritada dish (roast pork) served with popcorn

Quito
Quito

Street clown performing to a large crowd in the Grand Plaza

Quito
Quito

Elaborate wax candles used in religious processions

Quito
Quito
 La Ronda, Quito
La Ronda, Quito

Lively narrow street with great night life

La Compañía de Jesús
La Compañía de Jesús

Gold front door flanked by golden pillars

La Compañía de Jesús
La Compañía de Jesús

Detail of the stone facade

Quito
Quito

Modern dance performance in the streets

Theatrum Restaurant
Theatrum Restaurant

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

Map showing Ecuador
Map showing Ecuador

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

La Mitad del Mundo
La Mitad del Mundo

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

Equator designation
Equator designation

A small globe marking the equator near the main highway

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

Otavalo
Otavalo

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

Otavalo
Otavalo

Our hostal, Hotel Riviera Sucre

Otavalo
Otavalo

Carved and decorated gourds

Otavalo
Otavalo

Brightly painted wooden bowls

Otavalo
Otavalo

Mother and child shopping the textile stalls

Otavalo
Otavalo

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

Otavalo
Otavalo

Indigenous woman in traditional dress

Otavalo
Otavalo

Extensive textile market

Otavalo
Otavalo

Wooden items for sale

Otavalo
Otavalo

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

Otavalo Church
Otavalo Church
Otavalo Street Furniture
Otavalo Street Furniture

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

Otavalo
Otavalo

Municipal building in the main square

Otavalo
Otavalo

Long tailed hummingbird