The Old Town in Quito is like a step back in time. It reminded Hilary of La Paz or Kathmandu back in the 1980s.
The Plaza del Independencia is well preserved, together with a wide area of surrounding streets with sublime old buildings. This was South America’s first UNESCO world heritage centre.
The streets were full of Bolivian women selling bags of fruits and vegetables and school children flooded the central square on a day out. Everywhere lots of police, some trying out their brand new Segways, in preparation for expected civil unrest in the next round of the presidential election.
A backdrop of high mountains and mists and the near total silence once darkness descends, make this a very special place.