Quito, Ecuador–First Day

OK, so I’m not going to add a new article for every day.  We just thought it would be nice to get something out there for our first day.  We got into Quito a bit late so it was after 1:00am today (12/26/2010) when we finally got to our room.  So we got a kind of late start to our day.

We spent the day getting our bearings on the part of Quito we’re located in.  We’re sort of Presidential palaceequidistant between two of the most visited parts of the city, the “Old Town”, ie. the historical central part and the “New Town, known as Mariscal Sucre which is where most tourists find what they’re looking for in the way of entertainment and night life, aka Gringolandia.   Today we walked the major part of the Old Town, including the Plaza Grande, the colonial heart of Quito.

Every other Sunday several streets are closed to vehicles so they are filled with bicyclists and pedestrians.  Today was one of those times.  In several plazas we visited there were musical performances and dancing with large crowds watching and participating.Plaza Grande

We had visited the Mercado Central for breakfast and had the typical Ecuadoran Menu del Dia for lunch.  All in all, a good first day.