19.03.2012 - 24.03.2012 18 °C
Quito, Ecuador's capital and second biggest city has some nice sights like the colonial center and la Mariscal, where all tourists are based. Like all big cities in Ecuador, it is a bit dangerous, though, so you never really feel at ease. We heard a lot of stories of people being robbed.
About one hour north of Quito, you can visit Mitad del Mundo, a village with a monument on the equator where you can put one foot in the southern hemisphere and one in the northern.
A nice museum to visit in Quito is the museo de Guyasamín, a famous Ecuatorian painter. You can also visit his house (where his ashes are buried) with a nice view on Quito.
Two hours from Quito is Ecuador's most famous volcano: Cotopaxi. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to climb to the peak, so we just did a day of downhill mountainbiking.