Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Being Tourists in Quito (bus tour)

We visited Quito again for a few days.  We love being tourists!

This trip we decided to get the lay of the land by taking the doubl√© decker tour bus.  Cost for us was half price because we are old:  $12.50 each.  A nice feature is that one can jump off the bus, enjoy the sights and then jump back on a later bus.  There are 12 stops.  You catch the bus outside of Carolina Park at the Quicentro shopping mall end.  It runs every hour. (The ride is about 3 hours to see the 12 attactions.)

Both Spanish and English for the tour.

We sat on the top.  Open air. The bus has a retractable roof which the staff pulled over us when it started to rain.  Cool.

You can see the sign on the bus to watch your head.  Overhead wires.

Bikes for rent.

Love this sign with creative spelling.

We saw neighborhoods we probably wouldn't have seen if we hadn't taken the tour.  Quito is a big City!

Nice new sidewalks all over Quito.

Nice old restored buildings.

We passed the gothic-style Basilica.

Passed Independence Square and the Presidential Palace.

A protest was in progress.

The bus took us up to the hill with the statue of the beautiful Winged Virgin. 

She is standing on a snake.
She is made of 7,000 pieces of aluminum,  about 148 ft tall.

The base of the statue.

The views of Quito are lovely.  You can really get a good perspective of the size of the City.


(More pics from the tour later.)

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