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 Sam and I flew into Quito, this is a view of the La Basilica from the patio of <a href=http://www.secretgardenquito.com/>The Secret Garden</a>. Sam and I flew into Quito, this is a view of the La Basilica from the patio of The Secret Garden.

 For $2 you can climb the very top spire of La Basilica, which our local guide to the volcano said was a For $2 you can climb the very top spire of La Basilica, which our local guide to the volcano said was a "monument to corruption." He told us of a how Quito got "cleaned up" by a good mayor and how the old crime rings would bust someone out of jail. They would rent an expensive house near the jail and dig a tunnel underground!Everyone lives in the valley, so everything is jammed tight here.

Here is a nice view of El Panecillo, a hill where the Ecuador won it's freedom, in between the spires of La Basilica. They sell common handmade crafts up there, and it was there that we learned that it costs 10 centavos for men to go to the bathroom, but girls have to pay an extra 10 centavos for paper!Here is a nice view of El Panecillo, a hill where the Ecuador won it's freedom, in between the spires of La Basilica. They sell common handmade crafts up there, and it was there that we learned that it costs 10 centavos for men to go to the bathroom, but girls have to pay an extra 10 centavos for paper!

The Pichincha volcano cluster.The Pichincha volcano cluster.

 Local women on the way up Pinchincha. Local women on the way up Pinchincha.


Jonathan Leto - jonathan at leto dot net
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