DuVine Apres Velo - Quito, Ecuadorby Bike tour guru
Quito, Ecuador was named as the first UNESCO Heritage Site in the world for a good reason. Before an adventure travel trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands you can find out why this city is so highly esteemed. Built on the ruins of ancient Inca city, Quito has beauty both within the city and in the nearby environments. A stay in Quito will appease both your mind and body, as the culture is sure to impress.
Standing in the city are over 50 convents, churches, and monasteries, showing the rich religious history that exists in the area. One such church is Conjunto monumental San Francisco. Dating back to the late 16th century, the church is filled with Franciscan art, including the 'Virgin of Quito' by Legarda. The sculpture is a beautiful depiction of triumph over evil and is located in the main altar. In addition, there are over 15 plazas that are decorated beautifully, often with religious overtones.
The Museo del Banco Central is the most well-known museum in Quito. In it are Colonial, pre-Columbian, and gold works of art. There are many spectacular pieces of art, including golden colonial headdresses.
The Teleferico is the world's second highest cable. Get pulled up to 4,000 feet for an incredible view of the city and its surrounding area. Depending on the weather, you can see up to six volcanoes and peer down on Quito. There are also hikes available up to the top.
Every Sunday, you can bike the Ciclopaseo. 20 miles of road are closed off to traffic, allowing cyclists, walkers, and rollerblading enthusiasts full access to the roads. This event is quite popular and large amounts of people show up to participate in one way or another.
The Old Town of Quito is huge and should definitely be explored. The independence era architecture mixed with colonial buildings creates a very pretty picture. The many churches and visually appealing plazas are great places to relax and take in the history and beauty of the area.
Quito is a very beautiful city that is both relaxing and exciting. There is a lot going on within the city, but there are plenty of refuges in case you want to get away from it all. Before or after your adventure travel in Ecuador and the Galapagos, Quito is a perfect place to take in and experience.