Although our first day in Quito was a short one because of my husband’s altitude sickness, we began our second day with a trip to the fabulous Old Town. We decided to take the hop on hop off bus to visit the Old Town and it was an amazing decision. Old Town spreads across several streets, some hilly while others are flat. The churches in the Old Town offers hikes to the top, and the hop on hop off bus helped avoid unnecessary walks. We began our Old Town tour with the Basilica del Voto Nacional. I have visited Basilica’s in different paces, but this Basilica is the most magnificent and eerie one. It was built reminiscent of the neo Gothic architecture and is the largest neo Gothic Basilica in the world. As we walked into the Basilica, we were made aware of the Gothic-ness at every corner with dark alleys, steep stairs and shaky bridges. We walked all the way to the top which required enduring some serious wind along the way.
Our next destination was Plaza de Independencia which has an ambience of its own. The Plaza is surrounded by buildings such as the San Francisco Church, Palacio de Gobierno. The Palacio de Gobierno is majestic. On Mondays, the President of Ecuador, Correa waves to the people from the balcony of the Palacio de Gobierno. We ended our walk with an amazing smoothie and chocolate cake at a nearby cafe. The Old Town plays perfect host to the ambience of the old world with its exquisite architecture, Spanish style buildings and streets, street food and hustle and bustle. If you are a history buff and love architecture, Old Town is the perfect pit stop for you.