First views of Centro Histórico, Quito

Quito is on the UNESCO world heritage list, as its historic centre is considered the best preserved in Latin America. We took a walk through Mariscal to the Centro Histórico and Plaza Grande. We had a couple of destinations in mind but ended up stopping at the Basílica del Voto Nacional. This is not one of the oldest churches in the city, but is a gothic marvel with native wildlife featured as gargoyles and beautiful windows. There are fantastic views of the city from the upper levels and tower. As you’d expect, M went the extra rickety steps to get to the tippy top. We then went on to the Plaza hoping to see the Quito Cathedral and Museum, but had lingered longer than expected over those upper views. We shall return.

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