Quito: Ecuador’s blink blink

Quito, a city that from the air might look like a long sausage, was our next stop after having spent a beautiful couple of days in Otavalo. We had arranged our stay at Ramiro’s house, a host from Couchsurfing who agreed to have us over. It was quite a surprise to find out that in the house we wouldn’t be the only guests. We would actually be 2 of the 10 people that that night slept in the house :). It was simply amazing. We shared the space with travelers from Colombia and Argentina, who happened to be musicians earning their way through South America with their songs. Great, talented musicians that at night started jamming in the living room and we ended up having a hell of a concert with classics from different countries and world wide hits.

We didn’t have WiFi in the house, but to get online and also enjoy great views from the city, we would go to the hostel Secret Garden, in the city center. You can just walk up to the roof, get a free coffee or tea, ask for the password and sit and enjoy your time up there. Yes, this service is supposed to be only for guests, but nobody asked us for a room number or anything, you just enter, get up to the roof and it all works fine and smoothly.

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As we had previously done in other major cities, we decided to take the free walking tour. Again this was a great idea. The tour takes you to the main touristic attractions of the city, but it brings an extra layer of curiosities and historical knowledge that you just wouldn’t get by simply staring at a building.

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The city center is really really nice with amazing buildings and squares, the route of the seven crosses is a must do, get your cameras ready!

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One of the main attractions is the Basilica del Voto Nacional. An impressive building that will leave you breathless. Unfortunately the entrance is only for free on Sundays, the rest of the days you would need to pay 2$. We didn’t enter.

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With our host, we also took a walk around a different part of the center, within a little neighborhood where his sister lived, and that as it turned out, is an amazing viewing point of the city. We had a tea and listened to his son’s music, which was really good, some sort of Orishas’ style but these ones from Ecuador.

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Really really great memories from Quito. We discovered a beautiful city and were lucky enough to meet these incredible human beings, hear their stories, enjoy their music and get plenty of tips!

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