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Falling in Love with Quito - Ecuador

It's one of those cities. One of those places to get lost between streets, plazas, markets, people and architecture. Squeezed between the Andes mountains at an altitude of almost 3000 metres, I fell in love with this Ecuadorian capital once again.

I'm usually not a big fan of large cities and big crowded places, but Quito has the charm of a village and the grandeur of a metropolitan city. From the magnificent cathedrals to the local handicraftsmen and women. Busy markets with local produce and colourful little houses in cobblestone streets.

Quito has much to offer, but the heart of the place are its people. It's a pleasure being around the Quitorianos in their traditional clothing, selling their produce on the markets and making their life on the cobblestone streets with warm smiles and friendly gestures.

Apart from the dramatic scenery Quito is nestled into, it also landmarks itself by the grandeur of its architecture. I've visited the three most important churches of the city, all of which have their own magnitude of power, beauty and wealth. "The Basílica del Voto Nacional" is the largest neo-Gothic church in all of the American continent dating back to the late 19th century. Then there is the white splendour of the 16th century "Catedral Metropolitana de Quito" and the Golden temple I visited is the "Church of the Society of Jesus" that took over 160 years to build between the 1500's and the 1700's. Below some pictures with captions so you can see which one is which.

"Catedral Metropolitana de Quito"

"The Basílica del Voto Nacional"

"Church of the Society of Jesus"

Not only Quito's churches, museums and people, but also its Old Town is a true treasure. The picturesque town of plazas, churches and 17th-century facades is Unesco World Heritage, but most of all it's just "gezellig" to stroll through and let your eyes gaze.

My visit to Ecuador was one of pure beauty and wonder, culturally as well as naturally. Check out my story about the Galapagos Islands if you feel like more of Ecuador: The Origin of Species.

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