I was in Quito for work from 12/7 to 12/14, an unexpected amazingly fun trip.
I arrived few minutes past midnight on 12/7. My reserved taxi didn’t show up so I took a cab from the airport ($20). The driver informed me that the bridge going to Quito was closed for construction, so we had to go through the old route. Imagine… I was alone and in a new city at midnight in a stranger car. I was a bit uncomfortable to say the least. Fortunately the driver seemed nice and kept small talk to be nice. 45 min later I arrived my hotel, exhausted. But I first had to pump and made sure they can store the milk in the freezer. I went to bed at 2:30am.
I woke up 4 hours later and got ready to start the day.
Hotel’s breakfast was quite good. It had a juice section
I made a green juice
and started with local dishes: tamale, mushroom with veggies, platano cake and exotic fruits
then the usual: an egg white omelette with veggies and more mushrooms
the tamale was so good that I went for more
Work work work
One night we went to a spanish restaurant and shared three gigantic dishes
i had an overload of shrimps
The city of quito is laid on a mountain. As I walk around, the street blends with the view of mountain everywhere. Very unique scenery.
country’s slogan: Ecuador ama la vida (Ecuador loves life)
On Saturday, my colleagues and I went for site seeing. First stop was Quito teleferico, the highest in South America. It starts at 2.950 meters and ends at 4.050 meters.
with my fun colleagues
it was a gorgeous day. The view from the top was breathtaking
we even took pics with llamas with ponchos and hat (only 40 cents per person!)
we walked around to take in this amazing view
then we went on horse riding on the mountain ($8 for almost an hour)
The hour went by so fast as we walked around the mountain, climbed to the top and climbed back. There was part that was quite steep, but the horses knew the route very well and we felt safe although none of us knew how to ride horses.
When we got back to the base, some food was in order
they had chicken mollejas… which we think was chicken heart. My colleague chose that.
I opted for something safer… chicken breast with mole (gigantic corns)
group picture at the top
Bye little cutie
of all the places we went, Osaka was by far the BEST of the BEST. It’s originally from Peru, a fusion cuisine (Peruvian japanese)
the menu had several juices of fruits that we didn’t know so they bought the fruit for us to take a look
this looks like a mini cherry tomato, the texture is like tomato but tastes like a fruit, hint of sweet sour fruit
this is sour orange. Look like orange, has the texture of kiwi and tastes like lemon
We shared two appetizers: carpassion (salmon with lemony honey)
and wasabi ceviche
both were out of this world!!! so good.
as entree, I had tako nikkei, grilled octopus with japanese chimichurri (forgot to take a picture) and my colleague had this spicy sour shrimp. He kept telling how good it was.
for dessert I went with the most popular dessert in house: volcan oak (a chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream). Decadent, rich, smooth and so chocolaty!
The next day we went to the Equator line.
first we went to a museum where the real equator line lies
middle of the world
we were asked to try to walk on the line with eyes closed
at middle of the world, we tried to stand a raw egg on a nail.
It seemed hard at first but I got it after 5 mins. 🙂
really cute and less known museum with personal guide for just $2.5.
then we went to Middle of the World City
it is more developed, more tourists
and the line to take funny pics like this
After a quick stop at mercado mariscal for some shopping, we went to the old town. There was a festival going on
our first stop was the cathedral
quite an interesting climb to get to the top
the old town is one of the best preserved colonial town in Latin America
interestingly, there were more locals than tourists that day. In fact we didn’t feel like visiting a touristic site but rather joining a local Sunday happening
we stop at “Hasta la Vuelta Senior” for a quick bite
as we walked in, I saw someone having a soup and I asked what was that. The waiter told me that it was not on the menu but rather a dish for the employee. That answer made me want to try it even more so I insisted to order that. 15 min later.. my fish soup arrived and it was AMAZING!!! A thick broth made with seafood, fish and potato, with two pieces of fried fish and a piece of corn. Best soup ever!
then we continued to explore the city. Two colleagues of mine went for a church service while rest of us wandered around
The old town in Quito is not only one of the best preserved one, but also one of the largest in Latin America
scenic and vivid
do you see the monument on the top of the mountain? there was our next destination: el panecillo which means “small bread” and it’s the name of the 200 meters high hill that marks the division between south and downtown Quito. From everywhere in the Old Town you can see the hill with its aluminum monument of the Virgin Maria.
my colleague and I ignored the local advice on taking a taxi to the top because the way up there is steep and probably not safe. We didn’t feel threatened by local people, but the dogs… that’s another story
at certain point, we went surrounded by 8 dogs and all balking. We had to divert our route and probably walked 1-2 miles more to get to the top. But it was definitely doable and you’ll see more of real life out there.
the view from the top was nice
we were hungry with the walk so got some street food
I went for the corns (no surprise)
and guys went for the chicken heart with fries
it was the best business trip I’ve ever been! So much fun exploring Quito with these! 🙂