Final Day in Quito

Festival of Quito ParadeOn our last day in Quito, we opted to stay in town since we were leaving the next day for the Amazon. We headed into the Old Town to try see a few things we missed on our previous walk about that part of town. There just happened to be a parade in celebration of the upcoming Quito Festival, so we stood and watched it for a while. The parade was made up of groups from various high schools playing drums and doing some dances. From there, we went over to the Palacio del Gobierno. We had wanted to see inside it, but we were unable to once again as it would have meant standing in a long line for a considerable amount of time. Instead we headed over to the San Francisco Monastery and wandered around inside. We saw some monks, but mainly the monastery has been made into an art gallery so we looked at the art and saw the chapel which had beautiful woodwork but was under renovations.

Views from El Panecillo, QuitoAfter a quick lunch, we got in a taxi and headed up to the top of El Panecillo, which is a hill inside Quito on top of which is a huge statue of the Virgen de Quito. We had wanted to try to go up the teleferico (gondola) in Quito, but we never had a chance because it was always cloudy and the views wouldn’t have been very good. Instead we had some good views of the city from the Panecillo and got to have a closer look at the statue. Once back in Quito, we did a bit of souvenir shopping, including visiting a panama hat shop – but we didn’t end up buying any hats.

That night, Ecuador was playing Argentina in the South American football championship. The square in Mariscal was full of people watching the game at the many bars which all had it playing on TV. We ate a nice dinner in an Italian restaurant overlooking the square to end out stay in Quito. Unfortunately for those from Quito the Argentinians won the game.

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Posted in ecuador | quito | travel Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2011-01-01 18:07

yes - it's still the panama hat

Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2011-01-02 21:05.

It actually originated in Ecuador, not Panama! Glad you liked the posts. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime. Amazon is going up in a minute! Enjoy.


I just read all of the posts

Submitted by Kim (not verified) on Sun, 2011-01-02 20:36.

I just read all of the posts you have written so far. Sounds like a great, once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Although it was the part of your trip you would recommend the least, I still enjoyed the description of the donkey ride down the volcano, especially the bit about Dave's flatulent companion :)

One question: is it still called a panama hat even when you buy it in Ecuador?

Can't wait to read about the Amazon.


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