The Monastery of San Diego is situated southwest of Centro Histórico. It is a lovely monastery from the 17th century, full of outstanding colonial religious art. There are works from both the Quito school and the Cusco school, and there are paintings, sculptures, furniture etc. It is absolutely worth a visit even if it is a little bit further away...more
Traveled thur Quito on a Eco Tourism trip. The Marriott was unforgetable. Beautiful hotel in every...more
I have lived 6 months in Quito to fulfill my placement, and travelled around the country in my weekends and free time. I loved my stay, Quito and Ecuador! Nothing dangereous has ever happened to me in Ecuador. Although I would say that you have to be careful at all times.Some tips:- Never take your real passport to any place, you only need to have...more
To hike between the waterfalls outside Mindo is a lovely thing to do when you visit Mindo. The waterfalls are situated inside Bosque Protector Mindo–Nambillo and the area with the waterfalls is called Santuario de Cascadas. To come here I walked from Mindo and it took almost an hour. Then you have to take the tarabita (cable car) over the river...more
Before going to Mindo I wanted to stay in a place with a nice garden where you can see butterflies...more
Cascada Nambillo is the most visited of the waterfalls and also the waterfall closest to the tarabita. To come here you shall take the path to the left from the tarabita. The path goes downhill through the lush forest to the river and it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk here. Cascada Nambillo is around 15 metres high and in the pools below the...more
The town of Cayambe is known for bizcochos (a not very sweet cookie with a particular shape.) Nothing in the factory is mechanized. Some of the bakery workers are up to their elbows mixing dough in a big trough, and others are shaping and cutting the bizcochos one at a time. Even so, this little factory produces 12,000 of them per day. The...more
Via Tabacundo, Panamericana norte Km. 4 1/2, Ibarra, Ecuador
Good for: Families
My cousin asked me if I wanted to see the biggest oven to make bizcochos here in Cayambe. I said sure lets check it out. First of all the place is owned by a priest. This is his private business. It appears that he gets alot of flack being supposedly he is a man of God and he shouldnt have this business...blah blah blah. So many people talk about...more
Every year in July there is a big festival in Machachi, the Paseo del Chagra. The chagras are known for their good horseman skills and the Quechua word chagra has now begun to mean “Andean Cowboy”. At the annual festival in Machachi there is a parade where hundreds of chagras participate riding on their best horse. They are usually dressed in chaps...more
Hacienda Bolivia, 1.5 km south of the Machachi toll booth, Machachi, Ecuador
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
During the festival in Machachi there was a big variety of street food available. There were plates of different traditional dishes, both from the area and other parts of the country. There was a big choice of sweet things, and I especially liked the colours of some candy apples. However, I didn’t taste them as they looked too sweet for my taste....more
The present church in El Quinche, Santuario de la Virgen de El Quinche, was constructed in 1927 and it has a capacity for 966 seated persons and 3556 standing persons. Many pilgrims come to El Quinche throughout the year to get blessings from La Virgen de El Quinche and to thank her for miracles. Many miracles have been assigned to her and she is...more
I had not found any information about how long it would take to go to El Quinche, but I didn’t think it was going to take more than an hour from Rio Coca in Quito. I knew I started too late, but only planned to visit the church in El Quinche. From La Marin I took the Ecovía ($0.25) to Rio Coca, the end station in the north. Only that took about...more
The monument that bears the name Mitad del Mundo is a 30 metre tall stone pyramid topped with a globe 4.5 metres in diameter, so it’s hard to miss! It can hardly be considered beautiful but it is certainly impressive. It would be all the more so perhaps if the painted line on which it stands, and which crosses the plaza beneath to feature in so...more
Inti Nan is a tourist attraction in the vicinity of the Mitad del Mundo monument. Depending on your perspective it is either a tourist trap or a lot of fun. We took it all with a pinch of salt and thoroughly enjoyed our visit, but whether it lives up to the grand claim made on its website of being “an educational centre of culture and promotion of...more
La Mitad del Mundo means the middle of the world. This is the place where an European expedition made measurements in 1736 and stated that this is where the equator is. The expedition was lead by the Frenchman Charles-Marie de La Condamine and during his expedition it was also proved that the world bulges near the equator. At La Mitad del Mundo the...more
After having lunch in Tulipe I walked to Museo de Sitio Tulipe. The admission was $3 (July 2012) and it included a guided tour. The guided tour started in the interpretation centre where the guide showed some of the items and talked about the Yumbo culture. Then we walked the path down to the ceremonial pools. Along the path the guide stopped to...more
When I arrived in Tulipe I asked for a place to stay and I was told there were two places, the more...more
It was when I visited the Museo de Sitio of Tulipe that I heard of the Yumbo petroglyphs near Pacto. Outside the museum in Tulipe there are some replicas of the petroglyphs and the guide told me about the petroglyphs near Pacto, and how to go there. I took the bus from Tulipe to Pacto (see my transportation tip) and walked from the main road. The...more
My first day of hiking I wanted to do a long hike and my guide Jorge suggested that we do the Tower Hike. It is a hike to an old bird watching tower. In the beginning the trail follows a ridge and it is surrounded by green and lush vegetation, but also some pastureland. Then the path continues uphill through primary forest full of epiphytes and...more
I and my guide Jorge started the hike after breakfast, around 8.30. We followed a steep path down from Santa Lucia, and passed banana plantations, a coffee field and lush primary forest. When we reached the Umachaca River we turned right and followed the trail which is an ancient trail used by the Yumbo people, it was part of their trade route...more
To see, and hear, the Andean Cock-of-the Rock birds during their mating ritual (lek) you must leave Santa Lucia very early in the morning (at some seasons there is an afternoon lek too, but there is usually less birds then). I, and my guide Jorge, left Santa Lucia at 4.20 in the morning. I was happy I had got an apple from the kitchen the night...more
The pyramids of Cochasqui are around 10 km away.
Cochasqui was built by the Cara Indians before the inca conquest and have been forgotten untill recently. The area was declared a national archaeological site in 1977 and currently the excavations have begun.
In Cochasqui there are 15 low, truncated grasscovered pyramids. Some of them are almost 100 meters long.
There are also some life-size houses modeled after indigenous arcitectural style, built using the ancient methods (no nails ect). Inside there are indigenous furnishings and cooking utentils and guinea pigs run around the houses (a traditional delicacy).
Outside there are a garden with andean plants used for food, medicine and cerimonial purposes.
You will also find alpacas grassing the areas.