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The old colonial centre, where we stayed and where we spent most of our time, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for good reason. At its heart is the main square, the Parque Calderón, with two cathedrals (old and new), and in the surrounding streets are more churches, attractive old houses, interesting museums and some great bars and cafés for the essential activity of people-watching.
We were fortunate enough to be here at a weekend when two festivals were taking place – the nationally-celebrated Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the local celebrations that mark the anniversary of the city’s independence from Spain on 3rd November 1820. The city was in party mood and the various celebrations added to our enjoyment of it.
We had a great couple of days here, and I left wishing it could have been longer. We managed to see quite a lot in that time however, as you will read from my tips. That is due in part to the excellent guide from local company, Terre Diversa, whose half-day walking tour took us to some surprising places off the beaten path, as well as some of the main sights.
I have arranged my tips here in some sort of logical order, loosely based on the geography of the city combined with our own wanderings. To follow this please start with my first tip, our Flight from Quito.
- Pros:Lovely architecture, a temperate climate, friendly atmosphere, and some of the best restaurants in the country
- Cons:Too far from London to go for a weekend!
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