sunrise in quito over plaza de san francisco

sunrise over plaza san francisco

a few shots from a sunrise in quito, ecuador:

sunrise over plaza san francisco

sunrise over la plaza de san francisco as viewed from the luxurious mansion-turned-hotel casa gangotena.  Destroyed by fire in 1914, the mansion was rebuilt in 1926 by the prominent Gangotena family.  The mansion was sold and after a $10 million renovation, reopened in october 2011 as a hotel.

sunrise in the andes

a look to the andean hills/mountains dotted with colorful, boxy buildings


sunrise over the domes of la iglesia de la compania de jesussome lens flare as the sun rises over la iglesia de la compañia (the jesuit church: church of the society of jesus)

the fake-tree cell phone tower made me chuckle.


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hacienda zuleta

hacienda zuleta cordia lutea - yellow geiger tree?

We made a short day visit via congested highways and a bumpy dirt road to Hacienda Zuleta, self-described as a “17th Century Luxury Eco-farm” in northern Ecuador, about 2 hours northeast of Quito.  They grow almost all of the food that they serve, with one exception being rice.   They’ve got a giant worm-composting area for treating compost and manure.

We did not spend more than a few hours here, but it was a beautiful, beautiful place.

dog at hacienda zuletawelcoming dog, on bench


hacienda zuleta receptionreally nicely done interiors


hacienda zuleta rosesroses everywhere


hacienda zuleta geraniumsgeraniums.  I don’t really like geraniums as plants but they worked really well in this bright walkway.


hacienda zuleta libraryroses in the library


hacienda zuleta


hacienda zuleta dogsleeping dog.  look at those paws!


hacienda zuleta cordia lutea - yellow geiger tree?I think this is a yellow geiger tree – cordia lutea


hacienda zuleta churcha small church



hacienda zuleta flower


hacienda zuleta cheese factory coatsthere is a small cheese factory at hacienda zuleta.  these are labcoats for their tours.  milk is sourced from their own cows and they buy additional milk from local families in the village.


bizcocho in cayambeon the way back to Quito, we stopped in Cayambe for bizcocho.  they were buttery and crumbly and more savory than sweet with a hint of anise.


bizcocho in cayambebizcochos calientes, as the neon sign indicates


ridiculous sunsetas we continued south, we were treated to a ridiculous sunset over the western andes


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chifa fenix and cayambe

Just got home from Ecuador a few hours ago.  There are many photos to share but here are two from our first full day there:

Chifa Fenix in Cayambe, Ecuador.  An hour or two northest of Quito.  Seeing “Chifa” made me wonder about the origins of that word.  The wikipedia link says that it’s basically Chinese food adapted to Peruvian (or Ecuadorian) ingredients.


El Volcan Cayambe – the third highest volcano/mountain in Ecuador at nearly 19,000 feet.  Its last known eruption was in 1785-1786.  The fast-moving clouds broke for just a few seconds.


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