Day 2 – Tour Quito

We began our day with breakfast at the hotel. It was buffet style and we were very pleased to see the generous plates of fruit. From the hotel, we took a bus to the home of the Sinamune Disabled Children’s Orchestra (find out more) where we attended a concert and saw several traditional dances. Our bus then took us to the Plaza de la Independencia (find out more). Following the visit to the Plaza and the nearby historical areas, we had a “home-hosted lunch”, some free time in the afternoon and a nice dinner at the hotel.

We attended a concert first thing in the morning
More scenes from the concert
The school's founder
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Quito's central square
Another view of Independence Square in Quito
Lots of children visiting the capital buildings.
A group of very photogenic high schoolers....
A group of High School students
The front of the Presidential building
More of the city's central square
Another street view near the square
While in the square, we were approached by many vendors.  This one is selling coca.  Our guide, Enrique, making a purchase.
A better look at the coca products
Our first exposure in Ecuador to Muyuyo
Ecuador's Treasury building
I could not resist one of the paintings being sold in the market
Church of the Society of Jesus or La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús
A conversation with a local prostitute
Our hotel room in Quito
A view of Quito from our hotel

We attended a concert first thing in the morning

More scenes from the concert

The school's founder

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Quito's central square

Also referred to as Plaza Grande or Plaza de la Independencia. The building at the right is the Carondelet Palace, the seat of government of the Republic of Ecuador. The building more to the left is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de Quito), known simply as la Catedral, is the Catholic cathedral in Quito, Ecuador.

Another view of Independence Square in Quito

See also Wiki for Plaza de la Independencia (link)

Lots of children visiting the capital buildings.

A group of very photogenic high schoolers....

....in front of the central monument in Quito's central square. We all gravitated towards the kids snapping pictures along the way.

A group of High School students

In front of the monument to "the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, date remembered as the First Cry of Independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from Spanish monarchy. " (as per Wiki)

Church of the Society of Jesus or La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

This church has an amazing assortment of architectural details. While researching this, I found another travel site. This one has excellent pictures of the door, the facade, the inside of this church. (We were not able to take indoor pictures.) (link to mentioned site.) According to Wikipedia: "It is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings. Inspired by two Roman Jesuit churches — the Chiesa del Gesù (1580) and the Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola (1650) — la Compañía is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America." (link to Wiki.)

A conversation with a local prostitute

I was surprised when Enrique stopped and had a discussion with a prostitute. As it turns out, prostitution is somewhat legal and we were told lots of interesting things about her business and life.

I blurred out the street address and faces to leave things more anonymous.

Our hotel room in Quito

This was a spacious and clean room with a good view of Quito. We had dinner tonight and we also had 4 breakfasts in the hotel's restaurant. All very nice meals. We stayed in this hotel (Hotel Reina Isabel) on three separate occasions during this trip: we were asked to leave our Amazon items here while we went to the Galapagos, and leave our Galapagos items here while in the Amazon. They kept our stuff in a storage area. This meant that we had some extra traveling to and from Quito airport as a result.

A view of Quito from our hotel

- from the 6th floor of our hotel.

We attended a concert first thing in the morning thumbnail
More scenes from the concert thumbnail
The school's founder thumbnail
More... thumbnail
Quito's central square thumbnail
Another view of Independence Square in Quito thumbnail
Lots of children visiting the capital buildings. thumbnail
A group of very photogenic high schoolers.... thumbnail
A group of High School students thumbnail
The front of the Presidential building thumbnail
More of the city's central square thumbnail
Another street view near the square thumbnail
While in the square, we were approached by many vendors.  This one is selling coca.  Our guide, Enrique, making a purchase. thumbnail
A better look at the coca products thumbnail
Our first exposure in Ecuador to Muyuyo thumbnail
Ecuador's Treasury building thumbnail
I could not resist one of the paintings being sold in the market thumbnail
Church of the Society of Jesus or La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús thumbnail
A conversation with a local prostitute thumbnail
Our hotel room in Quito thumbnail
A view of Quito from our hotel thumbnail
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