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I spent about a week in Quito, Ecuador in May. It was a work trip, so we only had a little time to explore the city, but I loved what I saw. At an elevation of 9,350 feet above sea level, it may be a surprise to some that much of the city is in a valley, nearly surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. The photos below are from my hotel and near my work site.

We had a chance to explore Old Town Quito one night. The beautiful historic center of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some buildings dating back to the 16th century!

We also had a brief stop at a tourist market. As we left Quito for our next adventure, we got a great overview of the sprawling city.

I had some concerns about finding vegan, gluten-free food I could eat in Ecuador, but I ended up really enjoying most of my food options. Below are photos from my lunches at work, and I also really enjoyed a Korean restaurant near the hotel for dinner one night.

There were also many unique fruits and juices available. Apparently, because of the many microclimates in Ecuador, you can find a huge variety of produce from different locations. We found the tamarillo, or tree tomato, served in different ways in a number of our meals.

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4 responses

  1. Fantastic post! I will be there is September and your post has me excited. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful trip. I have one more post coming up about my trip to Ecuador – stay tuned 🙂

      1. Awesome! Can’t wait! And thank you!

  2. […] concluding our work in Quito, we traveled by bus for a brief tourist visit to the Cotopaxi area. Much of the two hour drive was […]

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