Colonial Quito, Quito
The former monastary of Iglesia San Francisco is now converted into a museum of Colonial religous art. Admission is $2.
Once the achrbishop's palace this has now been converted into a series of restaurants and tourist shops.
We have been to Quito nearly 20 years ago and were surprised how easy it is now to get to the old town of Quito and to walk around.
Even though the hills over the center are not the safest places, they are still picturesque (at a distance), and look spectacular at night, as myriads of lights cover the hills.
The architecture is amazing and at night it comes to life. Take a guided tour or just roam around yourself.
The old town once was full of dozens of churches many were partly destoyed like other part during a earthquake in 1987. Some of those monuments / establishments are still under construction.
There are lots of small shops in the ground floor of the houses, like this barber in the basement of an official building.
The typical "central" place in the Colonial part of Quito...
La place centrale "typique" situee dans le Quito Colonial...
The Virgen is one of the most fascinating monuments in the city of Quito. It is located on a small hill in the center of the city and you can see from a long distance.
One of the most beautiful spots in colonial Quito. Vey nice to stop in this plaza to have some rest.
The San Francisco church and convent, is the oldest church in Quito. It dates from XVI century. The interior of the church is magnificent baroque architecture, with carved statues and gilded chapels.
Also in the Sala Capitular of San Agustin church, you will find this beautiful altar of the Escuela Quiteña.
When in Quito visit the beautiful Cotopaxi National Park, it´s very close and its an amazing trip.
Here, a view of the Cotopaxi from the airport, with and old 727 of the local airline Tame.
Quito by night is very nice and specially the colonial part because it has lights all over.
The chuches are beautiful and with the lights they seem like in a movie.
Quito old city is full of churches and interesting buildings. The La Compania Church in restauration is really beautiful. The San Francisco chuch and convent is also a must.