We began our tour of Quito’s UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center northeast of Plaza Grande. Our starting point was Plaza de San Blas. This plaza sits at the edge of the historic city. It’s a nice open area with a fountain and an interesting view. The 1568 Iglesia de San Blas sits at one end of the plaza.
From there, we walked down a street with some very colorful buildings – a taste of what was to come. The beautiful architecture of Quito immediately made me a fan of the city from the start.
Next, we walked further into the historic city, past the Museo Camilo Egas. It displays the works of Ecuadorean painter Camilo Egas (1889-1962), one of the best artists the country has ever produced. We didn’t visit.
Down more gorgeous city streets, we passed up the Monasterio del Carmen Bajo. It opened in 1745. Admission is US$3 but it didn’t seem to be open when we passed.
From there we went to the bustling Plaza del Teatro, which contains the Teatro Sucre, built in 1878.