Walking around Quito

Quito is a popular destination for tourists as it is the jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands and for travels deeper into South America.  There is a big mix of all types of tourists – heavy on the backpackers but also mainstream tourists as well.  With a population over 2 million it is a sprawling warren of houses of all different types.  We enjoyed the well paved highway from the airport to the Holiday Inn which only cost $25USD.  A similar ride in Canada would be about three times the price.

Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978, the city of Quito is situated in the mountains 2850m above sea level and is very picturesque.  With a total of eight days in the city we wandered about the old city and some of the more affluent parts.  We always felt safe and only when we were out late at night to get our ride to the Amazon did we notice the seedier side of life.

We were bums as mentioned in previous posts as we did not make it to the equator museum or the Galapagos … next time.

The standard tourist shot …

The streets of Quito

The Old Quarter

El Panecillo – a statue of the Virign Mary built in 1976 with a commanding view of the City
Basílica del Voto Nacional – The National Basilica completed in 1924
Blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and consecrated in 1988
According to a wikipedia article local legend suggests that when the Church is finished it will be the end of the world so it isn’t quite finished …
Statue in the centre of Independence Square
The flag of Ecuador – By the way Ecuador means Equator in Spanish!!
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
Side door to Catedral Metropolitana de Quito


Square in front of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
City street

Church of the Jesuits

Church from 1605 known as “La Compania”
Facade of the Church dedicated to St Ignatius of Loyola
Upper facade of the Church

The Virigin of Quito

El Panecillo – a statue of the Virign Mary 45m high made of Aluminium
Closeup of the statue, El Panecillo – Based on the work of Bernardo de Legarda who created a wooden statue of the Madonna with silver wings to escape after a battle with Satan. The 30cm tall statue from 1734 is in the Church of St Franciso in Quito.
Espejo, a lawyer, a doctor and an activist from Colonial Quito

The beautiful views of Quito

Street in the old quarter coloured with flags and lights
The city sprawls along the valleys and up the hillsides
The city view
Looking up to the Basilica from Independence Square
Beautiful architecture
Statue of Simon Bolivar in Plaza Simon Bolivar
Looking back to the Basilica from Simon Bolivar Plaza


Lots of hills in Quito
What goes up must go down
I think Colleen took this photo and the guys were happy to smile for the camera
One serious set of stairs ….
A poignant reminder of homelessness

Parting Thoughts

If you wanted to pick a city to live in for a time as a base of operations this is probably it!  We found it safe, friendly, easy to navigate – well, we never made it on to the buses but everything else.  I would love to come back to this beautiful city…

One Reply to “Walking around Quito”

  1. Looks like a great city. Lots of hills and how was the walking? It looks very clean and fresh!

    Great pics. Keep them coming. What about videos? More please!

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