Friday, October 9, 2015

Walking in the Parks of Quito

During a couple trips to Quito, we decided to explore more of the City on foot, a couple walks in a couple lovely parks.

One day, we began at one of the malls near La Carolina Park, and we walked leisurely back to the hotel.

New construction, looks like a big job. 

Pictures of one of the main avenues along the Carolina Park. 


Head Quarters of the Political Party currently in power.

Fun street art.

Blooming trees. 
Carolina Park is huge!  Over 165 acres of nature, right in the middle of the City.

A fun picture of school children, shot through a tunnel.

Another day, we visited Parque El Ejido for the first time. 

We started the walk by getting sunglasses for Rich.  The friendly vendor showed us many styles and prices, lots of choices.

Entry to El Ejido.

A tribute to Eloy Alfaro, a former President of Ecuador and a National Hero.

Covered walkways provided much needed shade on this sunny day.

During these visits, we were lucky the winds were blowing away from the City.  No ash or smoke for us from the volcano or the forest fires.  We were concerned about walking in horrible pollution, but the air was pretty clean for being in the busy City the mornings we were out and about.

There is a very special shade of blue at the equator when the skies are clear.  Breath taking beautiful!
We often say that weather can be warmer, skies can be clearer in Quito, compared to Cuenca.  All depends on the time of year of our visits, but always nice to warm our bones in Quito and enjoy the glorious blue of the sky. 

We think the weather can change faster in Quito, too.  From the special blue to almost instant, torrential rains.  Always wise to carry an umbrella.  Don't forget your sunglasses!