by Christina Mouttet
Looking for a memorable, rewarding way to spend your summer? Join us as we travel to Quito, Ecuador this summer from August 4-19. During the week we focus on workshops with the youth, but the weekends are all about exploring the city. Check out this list of some of Quito’s highlights so you can better see why it is a MUST! (Excursions may vary)
1. You can visit Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World)
Mitad del Mundo is a national landmark located north of Quito, Ecuador. This monument is built on the site where the line of the equator was famously marked in 1736. You will get to stand with one foot in each half of the world!
2. TelefériQo (Quito’s awesome gondola lift!)
Quito’s Skyrail named in 2005 as the Teleférico, is the highest in South America. The ride takes about 10 minutes and offers a breathtaking view of the city and nearby Panecillo volcanic hill.
3. See the amazing views at Itchimbía
Itchimbía Park is located at the summit of Itchimbía hill. It is considered one of the most beautiful look out points in all of Quito.
4. Relax at Papallacta Hot Springs
Papallacta is famous for its hot springs known as the "Balneario Termas de Papallacta" or Termas de Papallacta Hot Springs. The source of the heat in the springs comes from the two volcanos it is situated between, the Cayambe and the Antisana.
5. Eat some delicious food
Popular dishes eaten in Ecuador include Ceviche (a mix of seafood and shellfish cooked in lime juice), arroz con pollo o camarones (rice with chicken or shrimp), and Choclo (dry roasted Andean corn that is sold by vendors on the streets).
6. La Basílica del Voto Nacional
Construction on this building began in 1883 but is still unfinished. A fun fact is that this building was inspired after Paris' Notre Dame!
Sign up for our Bound for Peace trip to Quito today! www.chbob.org/bfp