I think I underestimated Quito

Well my first complete day in South America is done. I’ve had a wonderful day. After a bit of a sleep in I awoke to a beautiful breakfast buffet, the highlight included fried plantains…. Mmmmmm…

After that I went back to my room. Part of me wanted a sleep, but the other part said, “nah, go out for a walk”.

The walking won out… So I headed to the ‘old city’; a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Now I knew South America had some nice churches but I was not ready for what was in store. Absolutely beautiful. Not only did I look at churches, but I took in one of my favourite past times… Climbing churches…

No I’ve climbed some precarious places throughout Europe and in North America… But I was not prepared for Basilica del Voto Nacional, which Lonely Planet described as “The highlight is the basilica’s towers, which you can climb to the top of if you have the nerve; the ascent requires crossing a rickety wooden plank inside the main roof and climbing steep stairs and ladders to the top”. Just remember, what goes up, must come down, this time using the same path… Lol

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None the less the views were remarkable.

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I visited a number of other sites and churches, returning too late to take the nap I wanted. I meet some of the group that I’ll be travelling to the Galapagos with. Went for supper at Uncle Ho’s; a restaurant that specializes in Asian and Ecuadorian Cuisine, eating a dish from the Andes, which included potato patties, a fried egg, sausage, avocado, and an onion and tomato salad… I normally like bananas, but when I saw fried stuffed bananas on the desert menu, I had to try them. The best part is that they were stuffed with Nutella…

I then packed for the cruise, had a shower, and am now off to bed… Night…

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