Quito Journals

Quito

A January 1999 trip to Quito by allain

South American Explorer club Photo, Quito, Ecuador More Photos
Quote: Quito is the capital of Ecuador and one the most interesting city in South America. Follow me to discover the marvels of the old colonial Quito.

Quito

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Overview

The arrival to Cotopaxi refuge Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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Quito is the capital of Ecuador and one the most interesting city in South America. At about 2850 meters above the sea level, it has a wonderful spring like climate. However do not forget your hat, the sun is fierce. Quito is a two side's city. The old city, built by the conquistadors, appears like a piece of art of colonial architecture. The new city around Amazonas Street, is the most dynamic part of Quito. The broad and ventilated streets, the modern buildings, the green parks confer on this district a Western atmosphere. Quito is surrounded by nine volcanoes, one of which, Pichincha, recently begun to shower the capital with ash. The last time Pichincha erupted was in 1660. On October, 1999...Read More
Tortuga Verde Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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We choose a vain hotel in the street Juan Leon Mera. " Tortuga Verde " (means green turtle) with its patio and its mural frescos was our perfect base camp for our excursion in Quito. It looks like a youth hostel. There are not single rooms, but rooms with four or six beds. Ours had four. The price is moderate, (about $5 per person). A TV is available in the patio.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2001

Tortuga Verde
Juan Leon Mera y Amazonas
Quito, Ecuador

Ile de France

Restaurant

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In the evening we dine in a smart restaurant, " the island of France ". The meal contains hot cheese at the Ecuadorian's manner, i.e. with cheap cheese. Delphine, the girl of my group, notices with irritation that she is systematically the last been served, there a manifestation of the legendary South American machismo? The easy customers are made up businessmen boasting and two strange " caballeros " with the worrying conversation. This restaurant is located on the new Quito, near Amazonas street.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 8, 2001

Ile de France
Reina Victoria and Nina
Quito, Ecuador

Historic Center of Quito/Old Town

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Attraction | "The old town of Quito"

Historic Center of Quito/Old Town Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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The old Quito is located in the lower part of city. The tram plunges in the entrails of the historical city and proposes to us a voyage through the times. Elegant buildings with white walls replace the constructions of glass and steel; the broad avenues leave room to narrow paved lanes. We go down in the neighborhoods from the national theatre, which is unfortunately in works. The streets are crammed, a multicoloured crowd with an Indian majority saunters there, and business. Here it is a salesman of piles who accosts you, further it is a salesman of soaps and toothpaste, one finds there of all in the streets of Quito. However the street peddler who has the most success is this man who holds in should...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2001

Historic Center of Quito/Old Town

Quito, Ecuador

Pululahua Volcano

Attraction

Pululahua Volcano Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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The crater of this extinct volcano is a vast fertile plain today. It is the only crater in the world that is inhabited. The road finishes with viewpoint dominating a strange landscape. The interior is not easily visible because of the clouds. However with the favour of a strong gale we can discover the checkerwork of the fields as well as dwellings. I wonder how they could build all that, because the only way to the center of the crater is a narrow path. According to the rumour when the mist rises from the bottom of the crater in the late morning, the plain is used as landing strip with the UFO.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2001

Pululahua Volcano
15 North Of Quito
Quito, Ecuador

La Mitad del Mundo

Attraction | "Mittad del Mundo"

La Mitad del Mundo Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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We decided to devote an afternoon to visit a symbolic place: The equator. The " line," as it is called by sailors, is located 20 km north of Quito. It is materialized by a monument named "Mitad del Mundo," literally "middle of the world." We find a taxi that accepts to take us there for $15.00. The road goes up towards the high city, exceeds the "plaza de toros" and the Sucre airport, then is inserted in an arid sierra. Three km further the road arrives at "Mitad del Mundo," the mark of the equator. A massive monument commemorates the work of the French geodetic mission which, under the direction of Charles Marie of Condamine, in the 17th century, is the layout of the line symbolic of the equator. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2001

La Mitad del Mundo
Autopista Manuel Córdoba Galarza
Quito, Ecuador

South American Explorer club Photo, Quito, Ecuador
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I had a very disappointed matter with the South American Explorer. I will try to relate the facts with objectivity : I was searching for anti-malaria pills in order to join Amazonia. After phoning three chemists, we found out that savarine is not a drug available in Ecuador. A telephone call to the doctor of the embassy of France also proved unfruitful. The remaining solution of South American Explorer Club (SAEC), this mythical place of meeting of all the adventurers of the New World. With the evocation of this name my face illuminates, ah the SAEC of which the most famous members named Ernest Hemingway or Thor Hereydal, the man who crossed the Pacific on Kon Tiki. Here is a place where we will...Read More