Machu Picchu & The Galapagos Islands - continued
Part 2 - Ecuador
Our first full day in Quito begins with a cable-car ride to the east side of Pichincha Volcano. It is one of the highest aerial lifts
in the world rising from 10,226-feet to 12,943-feet. There are some wonderful views from the windy upper slopes of the volcano.
Quito's main square is the Plaza de la Independencia, which contains a monument to the heroes of Ecuador's independence on August
10th 1809. One of the many fine buildings flanking the square is the Plaza Grande Hotel (right) which will be the venue for this evening's
Lunch is at the Octava de Corpus (below), a restaurant in a Colonial home that has an amazing collection of artwork
After lunch we explore Quito further, including the Basilica which has some splendid doors, and gargoyles modelled on animals that
we hope to see when we reach the Galapagos Islands
Dinner at the Plaza Grande Cafe is a long drawn out meal, the speed of the meal not assisted by the waitress making mistakes
with the orders. As usual, the helpings are large, but we have left room for the restaurant's speciality - ice cream. This is brought
to the table to the sound of bells, and with the lights dimmed, by a server dressed in a cloak and hood.
The group returns
to our hotel in two taxis - these travel at high speed through mostly deserted streets. Alarmingly, the drivers have a cavalier attitude
towards the frequent red traffic lights
We see some beautiful examples of roses in Ecuador, including this display in the Plaza Grande Hotel