When I told people I was traveling to Ecuador one of the first things people asked me was, “Is it safe to travel to Ecuador?” I can say that we never had any issues at all and we never felt unsafe. These pictures were taken on a Sunday afternoon in Quito on Av. Rio Amazonas, which is in the La Mariscal district. On Sunday afternoons the streets in this area of Quito are blocked off so people can ride their bikes.
I was on this trip with my friend Kristine (That’s us below. Don’t you think that looks like a Benetton ad?). We were here for two weeks and had a blast, one of those drama free vacations where you can just laugh, talk, and enjoy your friendship. We didn’t have bikes but we did enjoy walking around taking in the sights.
Neither Kristine nor I looked like anyone else walking around the city. In fact, the whole time we were there we never saw another Black person or anyone who looked like Kristine (she’s half Chinese, half White). But even though we looked completely different we were never hassled, and we never felt uneasy. No matter where I travel I am always conscientious of my surroundings and I never felt uncomfortable while in Quito.
What do you think of the buildings? Almost everything was closed on Sunday, the city seemed to partially shut down so we were able to really take in the architecture of the buildings. The city didn’t strike me as being very modern nor old and intricate, but the buildings were pretty in their own way.
What do you think of the pictures? Does Quito look interesting to you?