Our first day in Quito (and our first in Ecuador) was very busy, even a five-minute nap on the bus, from one location to the next, was appreciated. The mountain surrounded city is absolutely breath taking.
Our first stop was to volcano crater Puallahwah. With rich smelling flowers in the air and the most amazing views, I don’t have the words to justify its beauty it. Afterwards, we went to the Equator and learned about some of the traditional Ecuadorian cultures, as well as a bit of the Amazonians lifestyle. We then stopped for lunch and continued on to tour the city.
Coming from Vancouver, the older parts of the city with the small alley ways and traditional architecture was amazing and something I’ve never seen in person before. As we toured the old city we stopped at three cathedrals imposing cathedrals. I have never been in a building so grand and extravagant and was overwhelmed by the intricate gold designs and hand painted art work. I felt like I didn’t deserve to be in such a beautiful place.
With a mixture of being drained from the warm air and still getting use to the different environment, by the time we got back to the hotel I was very happy to have some much needed down time to recharge for the next day.
- Scout Laine, Westview Secondary