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2003

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

Personal Rating:

1

42/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

3/5

Places Visited:

Huaquillas (from Peru), Cuenca, Alausi, Riobamba, Guamote, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna Cuicocha, Ibarra, Tulcan (exit to Colombia) Total 1,160 kilometers by local buses

Highlights:

Quito (UNESCO): Church of the Jesuits, iconic baroque church, I was there during Eastern processions, Plaza San Francisco with church of same name, Basilica of the National Vow (great view from the tower), La Merced church, Mitad del Mundo (Stone monument marking the equator), National Museum with mummies and gold treasure.Cuenca: Historic Center with the 2 Cathedrals (UNESCO). Alausi (Devil's Nose Train). Riobamba: Facade of Sta. Barbara Cathedral, Otavalo: One of the largest indigenous markets in Latin America. Excursion to Lagoon Cuicocha.