Exploring Quito

The next morning, we had breakfast before meeting with Tomas for a tour of Quito.  Neither of us had seen Tomas since graduating, so it was fantastic to catch up after so long!  We started by meandering through churches and beautiful public squares in the Old Town portion of Quito.

Chris and Rachel in an old church

an old church Chris and Rachel in an old church

Chris and Tomas
Chris and Tomas in front of where the president lives. There were a lot of people and police, because the Chinese prime minister was visiting.

Chris and Rachel

Afterwards, we found rooftop seating at an aptly-named nearby restaurant, Vista Hermosa, for beers, empanadas, and pizza.

Tomas and ChrisView from Vista HermosaView from Vista Hermosa

It was a perfect day, but we accidentally left our sunscreen in our bags at the hotel.  Afterwards, we drove out of Old Town, got coffees, and visited a park before Tomas dropped us off.

Chris at the coffee shop
Chris at the coffee shop
Tomas drove us down some steep cobblestone roads
Tomas drove us down some steep cobblestone roads

Chris and Tomas at a park in Quitoa park in Quito a park in Quito

Upon check-in, we received complimentary drinks, then met with our group to discuss the itinerary and to make introductions.

Our complimentary drinks were lit on fire before they were handed to us
Our complimentary drinks were lit on fire before they were handed to us

We were a little bummed to find out it might not be possible to scuba dive without prior certification.  It would have been nice if they were more forthcoming with some details like this (although we should have asked because that seems to be standard procedure).  After checking in, we had 1 failed ATM withdrawal attempt followed by a $15 call to the bank and then a successful ATM withdrawal.  To finish off the day, we shared sushi at  the hotel restaurant  (Mercure Alameda), Spicy Bistro.

Sushi at Spicy Bistro

2 thoughts on “Exploring Quito”

  1. Awesome pictures…. The churches remind me of the Vatican! I hope that the next post reports that you were able to sort out the scuba diving!!

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