Ecuador, Quito, South America, Sudamerica, travel, Uncategorized

Street Scenes – Quito, Ecuador


Walking around Quito, Ecuador. The Spanish conquistadors began building on top of Inca ruins in the 1500’s, and this is reckoned the best-preserved colonial site in all of Latin America.


Bolivar Theater

Bolivar Theater

By random good luck, recently I was able to spend several days in Quito. It is a fascinating city, and people there are pleasant and friendly.  And the Ecuadorians were very patient with a Norteamericano wandering around lost, somewhat dazed from sleep deprivation and the altitude, and speaking a kind of mélange of high school Castilian, Mexican, and Chilean Spanish, and many words I apparently invented or randomly inserted from other languages.  Wait, I meant mezcla, I think, not mélange, I don’t even speak French, see what I mean?    

This picture above is the sign for a spectacular 1933 movie palace, seating 2,200, and named for one of Ecuador’s national heroes.

I mostly photographed the wonderful colonial-era buildings, but thought I’d do a post with snapshots of street scenes and people from walking around town.  It’s a wonderful place to go wandering.






The city is at 9,000 feet and has a lovely, cool, even temperature in the summer, and very mild winters.





The Merchant of Quito



Presidential Gallery




Green party





Illegal smile




El Palacio de Carondelet, the center of Ecuador’s government, is a handsome building, not quite as old as our White House, but the Spanish ruled from this site since the 16th c., and the native rulers were here before them. In this photo, a Presidential aide is operating the remote-control soldiers.










Condorito. Of course one of the ways to learn about another culture, is through literature. When people talk of Latin American authors, they usually think of Borges, Llosa, Isabel Allende, and of course, one of my all-time favorites, Pablo Naruda. But the comic strip “Condorito,” with its goofy, un-heroic, mishap-prone Condor-man, who really looks more like a cartoon chicken, has been popular since 1949. Kind of an odd role model – – he no longer smokes cigarettes, but now seems to have quite a few scantily-clad girls in the strip.


The Monsignor

The Monsignor





Tres Amigos



I don’t have a caption for this one ( “Found His Niche” ? “Holy Rollers” ? “The Jolly Churchman” ?)  On the extremely baroque exterior of the Church of the Society of Jesus, begun in 1605 and finished about a century-and-a-half later.



Guarding the Nutcracker Suite  (Not meaning any disrespect – – I’ve just never seen such bright, chocolate-box-soldier uniforms outside a play or operetta)






8 thoughts on “Street Scenes – Quito, Ecuador

  1. What a great collection of images. I noticed right away that not everyone has a phone in their hands. There are some, of course. But they aren’t as common as they would be in any similar collection from U.S. streets.

    I like the guards. They look remarkably like the Nutcracker that I put out every Christmas. And that child making a beeline for the treats is so typical.

    I got intrigued by the dude who seems to be proclaiming something. The tablet above his head is inscribed, Ad Dei Magno. It turns out that magno is one form of the Latin magnus: good, worthy, or great. So, I guess we know what the fellow was proclaiming — the greatness of God. Or so it would seem. Anyway, it’s been a long time since I’ve come up against the dative and ablative singular, so that’s good.

    The first photo might be my favorite. The treatment’s especially nice. On the other hand, I very much like the framing of the cathedral. It’s just a nice group. I hope the trip was as enjoyable as your photos are


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s