How quickly a week flew past.. Camping in the garden of Santiago and family’s home in Tumbaco, just outside Quito – the Casa de Ciclistas.
Cyclists from all over the world on their way to and from all corners of the Americas pass through – resting, and as often as not having repairs done by the skilled hands of Santi.

We visited the Military Geographical Institute and purchased paper maps of Ecuador – the physical map they had was huge – a little impractical for cyclists, but a nice souvenir nonetheless. Ecuador isn’t a large country – but we still have a long way to go, and much to see.

Quito is a sprawling modern city – but the old colonial centre retains much of it’s charm. Perhaps the highlight of Quito itself was the Fundación Guayasamín – both a museum of the art and work of Oswaldo Guayasamín, but also his house and studio showcasing his own collection of art from around Latin America and the world. Also impressive was the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, the Church and Convent of St. Francis (with a large collection of macabre and bloody religious art) and the Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) – only opened to the public by the most recent holder of the office.

We stopped in Tumbillo for the chance to sleep in a bed and have a hot shower.. Tonight – Cotopaxi.

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