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Guápulo:

The village of Guápulo is an interesting area -it has a bohemian atmosphere with a number of bars and cafés and is is home to many artists. Take a wander down Camino de Orellana to the centre of Guapulo -it is hard to believe that it lies just minutes from a bustling modern capital city. The historic church at the centre is Quito's oldest colonial church, the Sanctuario de Guápulo. It forms part of an significant group of historic buildings, the remainder of which is occupied by the Universidad Internacional SEK.
 
In the public square in front of the church there is a statue of Fransisco de Orellana, the spanish explorer credited with the first descent of the Amazon during Pizarro's ill fated expedition of 1541 -the full story of Fransisco de Orellana.
 
From the top of the hill the are fantastic views out over the Cumbaya Valley to the East -the gateway to the Amazon. On a clear day you can see the volcano Cayambe on the horizon. I recommend taking a walk down the Camino Orellana to explore the village (although you will probably prefer to take a taxi back up!).
 
Guapulo was used as a setting for the kidnap scene in the film "Proof of Life" starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.
 
The Fiesta de Guapulo is held in early September each year , and culminates with a big party with fireworks in the square.
 

Guápulo

Shopping:

IMG_0384.JPGThe friendly local shop 'su tienda' just 50 metres down the hill sells fresh bread, milk, juice and many other day to day needs. It opens early too so is ideal for breakfast
 
If you walk to the top of the hill and turn right next into Gonzalez Suarez, you can find a greater range of shops within walking distance, including a bakers, two mini markets, fruit and vegetable market, pharmacist and a video store.
 
Alternatively, for the largest supermarket in town, ask a taxi to take you to Megamaxi (not far from Quicentro).

Local bars and Restaurants

There are a number of interesting bars and restaurants in Guapulo -just up the hill you can find your local bar -El Mirador de Guapulo. here you can have a beer or cocktail, listen to live music and enjoy typical ecuadorian snacks while enjoying the fantastic view.
For a blow-out breakfast buffet you can go to the restaurant at Hotel Quito -Techo del Mundo -all you can eat and fantastic views in every direction.
 
Alternatively a taxi ride of around two dollars will take you into the popular Mariscal Area of town with its many restaurants, bars, shops and other interesting sights.

More pictures of Guapulo.

Quito

Quito has much to offer the visitor. It makes a great starting point for a visit to Ecuador. If you are planning a longer tour of South America it is a good place to acclimatise to the altitude and perhaps do an intensive Spanish course at one of the many schools in town. From Quito you can book trips to Indian markets (Otavalo is one and a half hours by car), the cloud forest and jungle, trekking in the great volcanoes, or the Pacific coast.
 
For the more adventurous, you might try white water rafting in the cloud forest and jungle, scuba diving on the Galapagos or climbing the great volcanos. And for anyone with an interest in nature, Ecuador displays an extraordinary diversity, with 1640 species of birds, 4500 species of butterfly, and 358 species of amphibians (15% of the worlds total). Quito was the first UNESCO world heritage city and is the Ibero-america City of Culture 2004. A visit to the restored colonial old town is well worth doing, especially at night when Quito's many historic churches are illuminated.
 
There is also a wide range of museums and galleries, including the Fundacion Guayasamin. Alternatively you might choose to sample the atmosphere at a local football match at the Atahualpa Stadium. In the evening you might visit the National Theatre, and there are a huge number of bars, restaurants and clubs offering good food at reasonable prices -just avoid the big chains.


Whatever your interests, Ecuador is a fascinating country.
 

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Our Quito apartment is situated in a small block of eight similar flats, located near the top of the steep winding road leading down to the historic village of Guápulo, Camino de Orellana -see the satellite image on Google Maps. It is located on the lower ground floor, and the natural lie of the hill means that both the living room and bedroom enjoy panoramic views over Guápulo and the valley beyond.

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