Published on January 16th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 hours in Quito
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The city of Quito is surrounded by volcanoes. It’s also the fourth highest capital in the world. The city itself is filled with history, vibrancy and pretty amazing views no matter where you look. There are palaces, markets, women in traditional dress, women in business suits and a church on almost every corner. The best way to get around is by foot, at least in the Old City. Tåhen to get further afield, grab a cab and brace yourself for a wild ride.
8am Time for breakfast. Load up on juice and scrambled eggs with mote, local-style.
10am It would be easy to spend a full day just wandering the cobbled streets of the Old City. Begin at the President’s residence, and then stop by the jaw-dropping Compania de Jesus. It’s said to be the most beautiful church in South America. We tend to agree.
12pm Head to the Central Market for more mote and chicken soup filled with coriander, quinoa and, if you’re really lucky, chicken feet.
2pm Contemplate an ice cream from one of the roaming sellers in the main Plaza. This is a great spot to people watch Ecuadorians from all walks of life.
4pm Head to the other side of town and catch the Teleferiqo cable car 2.5km up to the summit of Cruz Loma. At 4,100m you’ll see the city below in all its glory.
7pm Hire a taxi to take you up to El Panecillo to see the statue of the Virgin of Quito. If you’re lucky enough to be up here at the same time as a Chiva party bus is here, you’ll be treated to a live band and fireworks.