There is no better excuse to visit Ecuador on a whim than to visit a friend. Started this four day journey in the city. Having explored many European countries, as I begin my exploration into South America, you really start to feel the impact of the Spanish colonial era when in some cases the art, engineering and architecture can be so stunningly similar to Europe. The catholic influence was a powerful era in much of South America’s history. I realize this has shaped much of its culture and its people.
The first entrance into the city is really special because despite all the traffic and people, the air is so crisp, clear and refreshing. The energy of the volcanoes embraces your presence as you explore its nooks and crannies. I started in Mitad del Mundo and ended up in the Historic Center of Quito. There are many churches to explore for $2-5 entrance fees. I recommend to explore them to really study the Baroque architecture. Enjoy the photos during my adventuring through the city. By the way, the bus system is really great to get around. Easy budget travel.