Tipsy Cat in Quito

Our hotel in Quito was run by a bunny rabbit and her English pet, so we knew we were in good paws right from the start – her pet even kindly brought us a much needed cup of tea to our room when our travelling kettle’s plug didn’t fit their electrics (the hotel has now changed paws, but I think the bunny, or his descendants, are still around).

The city of Quito is home to the equator of course, and there’s a great view from the volcanic crater of Pondoña Hill, but it’s also full of other delights, such as El Panecillo, an angel who sits on top of a little volcanic hill and provides a great view of the city – take a taxi there and back – the area surrounding it can be pretty dicy.

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Then, there’s the amazing Iglesia de La Companie de Jesus – a church which may look like many others from the outside, but which is covered in stunning gold leaf on the inside (no photos allowed).  Only mega millionaires have their daughter’s weddings there and it is fully booked for a good number of years -or so our guide told us!

For food, head to the Old Town and Calle La Ronda – the oldest street in Quito.  Troops of dancers entertain by swooshing down the street with a merry band, and there are many restaurants and bars to choose from.  We went to La Negra Mala, an authentic little eatery, great for sampling the famous pisco sour and the Ecuadorian traditional hand-churned helados de paila.


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