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Travel Blogs from Quito
... today that Melissa is no longer coming to Machu Picchu with me. I had really been looking forward to checking out such an unbelievable place with a good friend with me, but now that’s not going to happen. It was something I had gotten so excited about in the last couple of weeks, so I was bummed to find out I’m now going on my own. I’m sure it’ll still be awesome, but it would have been better to ...
... at every turn there's historic buildings, churches and monuments. The Spanish churches are so well well preserved here, it is no wonder it is a Unesco site. In the main square where the presidential palace is there were so many people and we saw a religious procession taking place with a statue of Mary beong carried, music and rose petals being thrown as the procession moved along the streets. Wow we keep saying here. We decide to do the bus tour tomorrow as there's so much to ...
... the beans - they are a little slimy! We did find out that the fermenting and drying process is where the money is. One batch can yield $120 if it is processed. If it is not fermented or dry the batch will only yield about $50. Along our walk we also found leaf cutter ants hard at work. That was cool to see! We finally reached the family home and met Carmella. We learned that 47 families live on the island and ...
... was sacrificed by the Incas approximately 500 years ago. She was discovered in 1995 at the top of Mount Ampato, after a nearby volcano eruption had melted the ice surrounding her. Due to her surroundings and the extreme environment (itīs normally about -20C where she was found!), her body had survived in a remarkably well preserved condition. Many other child sacrifices have been found at the summit of volcanoes in the Andes - eerily well preserved as if they only ...
... leaves and steamed) and Quimbolitos (a sweet version of the Humita, made with raisins - this was our favourite).
We took two buses and a taxi back to our host family's house (inconveniently in the far northern suburbs!), where we found no one home (bizarre, as it was dinner time and the time that we'd said that we would be home...). After waiting a while, we walked the 10 minutes to the shops to make a phone call to Santiago, but with no answer we settled in a bakery with a drink ...
Other places to stay in Quito
Francisco Salazar, Quito | Hotelfrom $31
Francisco Salazar E 12-137 y Toledo, Quito | Hotelfrom $175
Leonidas Plaza N24-395 y Luis Cordero, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $22
Foch E4 301 y Amazonas, Quito | Hotelfrom $75
Calle Morales (La Ronda) OE1- 160 Centro Historico de Quito, Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $122
Jose Luis Tamayo 687 y Wilson, Quito | 4 star hotelfrom $138
Valladolid E13-76 y Pontevedra (La Floresta), Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $60
Antonio Elizalde E4-78 y Gran Colombia , Quito | 3 star hotelfrom $57