Our last days in Cotopaxi and Quito
Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
11Trip End Mar 26, 2012
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We arrived in Quito around 18:00 and thoroughly enjoyed our last night in Ecuador
Sunday, March 25 – Walking around Old Town is an experience not to be missed, especially on a Sunday. If you only go to Quito for one day, make it a Sunday. The streets are closed to cars and opened for pedestrians and bicycles. Every plaza has a historic church, beautiful buildings, cobblestones, and hundreds of people. There are jugglers, artists, musicians, and children chasing pigeons. We attended a church service at La Compania, the oldest and most beautiful church in Quito. This alter, walls and ceiling of this church are lined with over 7 tons of gold leaf. It is stunningly beautiful. Ecuador is a predominantly a Catholic country with magnificent churches. Visiting the churches was a special experience. While walking down the street, we bumped into some fellow travelers we met in Cotopaxi (small world)Basílica del Voto Nacional, which is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas. We took an elevator to the top and walked on the catwalk above the roof of the church. From there, were climbed some very steep ladders to get to an observation deck the tower. The view of Quito was amazing.
After spending the day in Old Town, it was finally time to come home. We gathered our luggage, hired a cab, gave the driver a tip, and he took us on a tour of Mariscal and New Town, where all the hip people hang out. We stopped at plaza Foch and other places to purchase coffee for my lovely Lisa. (She loves her coffee, and I was told not to return home without coffee from Ecuador.) Finally, we said goodbye to our new friend (the taxi driver) and boarded a plane back home. I have travelled to many countries in four continents. This trip was among the best. I highly recommend Ecuador as a vacation or business destination.