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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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The Pichinchas, back to front

This great terrace, which holds the city, raised over foothills and filled in cliffs, is part of a grand mountain range, that with hospitality, has always welcomed Quiteños and foreigners alike. On the slopes of the great Pichincha, the initial boundaries of the capital city spread out in every direction, which back in the 50’s most likely, when there were but 200,000 inhabitants in the “Carita de Dios” (little face of God), meant said boundaries were the steep San Juan neighborhood to the North, the cliff of Jerusalem (current viaduct and 24 de Mayo boulevard) to the South, El Dorado and La Tola to the East, and San Diego, San Roque and El Tejar to the West.

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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.