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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Quito, Capital of Ecuador

Aloha Everyone,

Quito is located on the equatorial divide.  At 9,350 feet is the highest constitutional capital in the world.  

Quito and Galápagos Islands were the first and second places to be declared as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1978.

Quito is surrounded by 8 of Ecuador’s 19 volcanoes.  Two of these are active.

Quito is built on top of the ruins of an Inca city.

Quito is sophisticated. As in most colonial cities, there are modern financial, business, government centers and mega shopping malls with international brand boutiques plus supermarkets. But what I love is the old city center with Spanish colonial red roofs, balconies and central patios.

Quito has two seasons. They are dry, cooler (June-September) and wet (October-May) which is slightly warmer. Since our arrival, I’ve been wearing long sleeve shirts with a light jacket. Actually the current weather is similar to spring in New York.

Aloha -- Cathi