Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Cities

Where’s My Backpack Travel Theme this week is Cities. We just returned from traveling through Ecuador for a month and the cities are spectacular. Here are a few of my favorite shots.

We huffed and puffed our way up a ladder to the rooftop upon arriving in Quito. With an altitude of 2,800 meters, we dizzily watched the twinkling lights of the city below and the beacon of light from the Basilica de Voto Nacional.

The next morning, the sky cleared and the majestic bulk of Volcan Cotopaxi draped in a glaciated skirt greeted us for a spectacular show.
IMG_2690Alausi, home of the famous Nariz del Diablo ( Nose of the Devil) train ride originates in this wonderfully picturesque city.
IMG_2908Next stop, Cuenca. After Quito, Cuenca is Ecuador’s most important and beautiful colonial city. The domes of San Cenaculo church greeted us from our expanse of glass windows.
IMG_3054Dominating the Parque Calderon, the Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion displays its sky-blue domes of Czech tile, which can be seen from all over Cuenca.
IMG_4354The bus station in Guayaquil…a city in itself!
IMG_4446A city of mating frigates on Isla de Plata. Not every city is a concrete jungle.
IMG_3258Last stop, the thriving beach town of Bahia Caraquez. With its chalk-colored high rises and red tile roofs, it enjoys the best location in all of Ecuador.
IMG_4642If you enjoyed these city photos, please visit Ailsa’s blog, Where’s My Backpack? for more city photos from her travel theme.

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