This past semester, my younger brother did a study abroad program in Ecuador. My parents, S, and I all decided to join him over winter break. For an amazing two weeks, we enjoyed the astounding scenery of high-altitude cities, the fascinating experience of low oxygenation, and probably very unhealthy quantities of hot chocolate (no regrets).
Some favorite moments below (apologies to those of who who've already seen many of these photos on my Instagram account):
+ Climbing up to the top of Quito's Basilica for the view -- and then even higher on rickety wooden bridges and ladders to other views
+ Taking the Teleférico cable car up to the hills surrounding Quito and hiking in the clouds (plus eating more hot chocolate at the conveniently located cafe)
+ Exploring Quito's Old Town and its beautiful churches, squares, and colorful colonial townhouses
his paintings deal mostly with the oppression of Ecuador's native people. The quote above really struck me: (so, so loosely translated) I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a child who had no feet. Going to the museum was a pretty intense experience that definitely colored how I viewed the rest of our trip.
I'd definitely like to travel more to South or Central America -- have any of you traveled there? What were your favorite places to visit?