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Quito City Tour


Day 4 - 28th July 2013

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Cityscapes, Gargoyles & Dodgy Ice Creams?

       

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We had met three of our travelling companions at the airport (Alja, Carolyn & David) and this morning we met Fabian our tour leader and the remainder of our merry band (Angela, David, Heather, Karim, Philippa and Rowena) at the hotel and then headed off for a tour of Quito

Miche at a viewpoint in Guápulo looking out to the Eastern Andes...



 


Looking up at the statue of the Madonna on El Panecillo overlooking the city...





View across Quito and its flanking mountains from Itchimbía Park...





We did see a real Hummingbird at Guápulo, but this giant made from recycled bottles was the last one that we saw on the trip - however other treats awaited.

Looking down from Itchimbía towards the
Basílica del Voto Nacional...


 


Basílica del Voto Nacional...


 


I liked the heart shaped window...





Amongst other creatures, Galapagos tortoise gargoyles adorned the roof-line...





Particularly flamboyant Marine Iguana gargoyles...





According to Fabian, this lady was selling diarrhea, so as tempting as the ice creams looked, we gave them a miss. Miche was devastated, she loves street food...


 


A very ornate table setting in a restaurant that we sidled into to use their facilities under the guise of admiring the architecture - which was impressive...





Miche in the same restaurant...





Approaching the Plaza de la Independencia - the flag is flying above the President's Palace...


 


Looking across to the Presidential Palace - Palacio de Carondelet...






Independence Monument - the wounded lion represents Spain - it's made by the French, they do quite like stirring things up by placing grand statues in other countries...






Chocolate box style guards outside the Presidential Palace...


 


Miche overlooking the plaza. There was some great music being played by a band to left of Miche, but the warnings of stragglers being picked off by thieves in crowded areas, meant that we advanced through the square in a Roman legion style tortoise and there wasn't the opportunity to buy a CD (I exaggerate of course). I did take a video of it, but Soundhound & Shazam have let me down! Anyway it was a beautiful, vibrant plaza...





Miche and a stranger in a backstreet...





Police outside a place called 'The Happy Mondays cafe', who'd have thought it...


 


Casa del Alabado Museum

The museum specialises in pre-Columbian art (up to the 1500's).

A group of ten warriors - from the front...

 

 


From the side it looks like they're wearing back-to-front baseball caps and the scene takes on a more urban feel (I know, I know, I'm a philistine!)...






A larger, rather resplendent and fierce looking figure...





Many others though were less bellicose and portrayed family scenes and in particular topics such as childbirth and fertility...
 



Next day - Day 5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo

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D1 - Heathrow to Amsterdam D2 - Amsterdam to Quito D3 - Hummingbirds
D4 - Quito City Tour D5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo D6 - San Cristobal - Laguna el Junco
D7 - San Cristobal - Kicker Rock D8 - Floreana - Iguanas & Turtles D9 - Floreana & Isabella
D10 - Isabella - Trek - Volcan Chico D11 - Isabella - Trek - Sulphur & Sunsets D12 - Isabella - Mud, Mangroves & Tortoises
D13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears D14 - Santa Cruz - Market, CDRS & Tortuga D15 - Bartolome
D16 - Return to Quito D17 - Otavalo, Equator & Parc Condor D18 - Return to the UK