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Gold and silver threads in San Francisco

As a destination, Quito is a must see for those who are passionate about art, culture and architecture. With the arrival of the colonizers –not surprisingly, and against all odds, churches, convents and manors were built on mounds, hills and ravines, which 400 years later still stand as lofty and majestic as they did when first built.

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Where Quito´s Coffee Grows

When pouring yourself a good cup of coffee, one with deep flavor and a seductive aroma, the stories of the journey ending in such a simple, repetitive, and often unimportant act as having said cup of coffee, are lost. A sip of coffee can be an encounter, a pretext, an everyday act, or perhaps a ritual. Phrases such as “I’m going to get a cup of coffee”, “I already had a cup”, “have a cup!”. “I need a cup of coffee”, are part of everyday life.

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An ancestral ritual at the San Francisco Marketplace

After the blazing sun and the “effort” involved in walking up Rocafuerte street from the Arc of the Queen, I reached the San Francisco Marketplace. As I went in, a plaque from 1893 reminded me of the year this place, the first market in Quito, was inaugurated. Today, over a century later, it is the first touristic marketplace in the city. San Francisco was, and is, a pioneer.

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This tourist blog is dedicated to collect new, safety and alternative experiences in Quito. Through short, photographs, videos and audios stories, these stories aim to motivate the local and foreign visitors to tour various parts of the city and relive the stories or find their own experiences. If you want to discover the city and do not know where to start, in this blog you will find fresh and original ideas.