Quito, Ecuador

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February 23, 2016
Days two and three in Quito
July 23, 2016

Greetings from Quito ( pronounced key-toe in Spanish) Ecuador, which at 9300 ft. elevation it is the highest capital city in the world and home to about 2.5 million people.  I arrived last night and between the lengths of my flights, 3.5 hours LA to Dallas and then 6.5 hours Dallas to Quito I did not arrive to my hotel, the Swisshotel until well after midnight.  On top of that and dealing with the transition from sea level in my home of Manhattan Beach, CA to 9300 ft. elevation in Quito, I caught what I thought was a cold but it has turned into a good case of flu!  My voice is very hoarse, sore throat, nose stuffed up and GI system out of whack too!!  I am feeling much better tonight than last nigh but we will see as it gets later.  I spent the afternoon exploring old town Quito, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the world and along with Krakow, Poland, Quito was the first of two cities designated World Heritage sites by the United Nations.  The main square of the old town is dominated by the Presidential Palace, home of President Rafael Correa and the Municipal building as well as the domes and steeples of many catholic churches.  The accompanying photos will give you some idea of the vibrant old town a prominent gathering place for both the residents of Quito and the many visitors which today included my guide Sarah who has lived in Ecuador for 30 years and is very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of Quito.  By taking our time to allow me to adjust to the altitude we were able to have a good survey of the old town.  To the west of the city are the peaks of the Pinchincha Volcano which dominate the view in that direction!  Quito is a very vibrant city whose denizens, like the rest of South and Central Americans (yes! They are “Americans” too!) enjoy life to the fullest and cherish their families and friends more than becoming rich.

Dr. Ron
Dr. Ron
I am a 77 year old neurosurgeon who has had the "travel bug" for the past 36 years and who has been interested in photography as long as I can remember. My site is intended to convey the excitement that I feel when I travel, to my viewers in words and pictures. I also hope to provide my viewers with my recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, where to eat and generally my recommendations "if you go!"


  1. nay90266 says:

    Beautiful photos. Hope you will be healthy for the remainder of your trip!!! You are missed. xo

  2. C Wilson says:

    Of course Quito is not the highest capital city in the world. La Paz, capital of Bolivia is. You should correct this error.

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