I visited Quito, Ecuador with my brother in April, 2016. We arrived via a 24 hour bus from Cali, Colombia. It was a quick trip in Quito, we were more passing through rather than fully experiencing the country (I’ll definitely be back!). Nonetheless, we were able to see a bit of the beautiful, sprawling city of Quito, Ecuador.
changing of the guards
We started off with a fascinating changing of the guards ceremony in the city center. We were lucky enough to be in Quito, Ecuador on a Monday morning at 11 am, just in time for the ceremony. It typically happens once a week, every Monday at 11am.
The ceremony lasted about an hour. After that, we walked around the city center, checking out the tourists and the tourist shops. We felt a little restless, so decided to venture outside of the city center for a hike up the hill.
Quito, Ecuador: Walk through the city
We walked up the hill to the Virgin of Quito madonna statue – it’s on a 200-meter-high hill in between Central and Southern Quito. The hill is named El Panecillo, and it originated from a volcano. It was a tough hike up loads of stairs, but the views in the end made up for it.
We may have even made a friend on the way up…
I wish I could have kept him!
At last, we made it to the top.
The statue at the top is a Madonna, made out of aluminium. It’s beautiful, and even more striking in person.
I decided that after such exertion, we deserved a reward. We headed down to the shop I had my eye set on – the chocolate shop.
I paid an embarrassing amount of money for a bar of high quality chocolate and some dark chocolate covered bananas. Pro tip: if you ever find chocolate covered bananas, GET THEM. These are incredible, and I have to admit, they didn’t last long (and I refused to share… #sorrynotsorry).
Though our trip to Quito was short, I very much enjoyed what I saw of Ecuador and hope to go back soon. The city is beautiful, and what I saw of the countryside on the way in was even more stunning.
Ecuador suffered a massive earthquake of a 7.8 magnitude the day before we arrived. It was devastating to see the effects of the earthquake. Buildings had crumbled into the streets and a lot of people were injured. The earthquake hit the strongest in a sparsely populated part of the country, but still over 600 people were killed, and over 16,000 people injured.
When I visited Quito, the country was in a state of emergency. It was heartwarming to see all of the volunteers coming together to donate and set off to help. I wish I could have helped, but I already had onward travel planned. This is one of the reasons I recommend not planning ahead while traveling.
- We stayed at the Secret Garden. I definitely recommend it – it’s quiet, has a great rooftop, and I took my first hot shower in months here. They have another hostel in Cotopaxi which won top 1% of hostels worldwide, but I haven’t been. 🙂
- Food in Ecuador is super cheap. Expect to pay about $1.50-$2 USD for a meal from a local restaurant.
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