Sunday, April 17: Quito

Room 75 in the Margarita Inn
The Gate 1 tour is over. All the participants except Nancy and I are catching planes back to the US today. After breakfast I spent the rest of the morning catching up with the blog. Just before noon we haul our luggage down to the lobby, check out, and grab a taxi to take us over to the Margarita Inn. The room wasn’t quite as fancy as in the Hotel Quito but it was MUCH more affordable!


In the afternoon we walked around Alameda Park. As we were admiring the statue commemorating the French astronomical mission that made observations to determine the location of the equator, we struck up a conversation with a native Ecuadorian who spoke excellent English. It turned out that he had worked for a while in Montreal and placed various professionals in jobs in Canada.

Monument commemorating French expedition
Monument commemorating French expedition
Top of monumenting
Top of monumenting

The park is very popular with families on the weekends. Several vendors set up stands around the park to sell drinks and snacks. There are paddle boats and row boats for rent. The gentleman we met at the monument his companion and daughter rented one of the rowboats and was rowing around the water course as we walked by.

Food and drink vendor
Food and drink vendor
Paddle boat
Paddle boat
Our friend in a rowboat
Our friend in a rowboat

In the North-east corner of the park is a large stone ramp that kids can use as a castle. As we walked back to the Margarita Inn we passed several nicely restored Colonial style buildings.

Large stone spiral ramp
Large stone spiral ramp
Restored Colonial building
Restored Colonial building
Botique Hotel
Botique Hotel

After supper at the nearby Chifa (Chinese restaurant) we relaxed for the evening.