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Filming Adventure: Quito, (4) must-do things!

After a totally chaotic crossing of the Colombia-Ecuador border on foot, it was a 5h night bus that awaited us to get to the capital of Ecuador, Quito. There, we were charmed by a bit of everything, but I think the word that represented our stay would be '' surprising ''! Here the guide to visit it in its most famous aspects ... and a little less.

Loma El Panecillo vu du centre historique de Quito
Loma El Panecillo seen from the historic center of Quito

1. The historic center of Quito

We are still climbing in altitude, we are now at 2850 meters in the capital of Ecuador, in Quito. We had preconsidered ideas about this city, without any doubts. We thought we had arrived in an immeasurable brothel of 3.1 million inhabitants and only found there a metropolis without interest and dilapidated. We gave each other a few pat on the hands! Quito has an impeccable historic center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also the best maintained in South America, despite the anecdotal explosions of its volcanoes (by the way in a next post I will have an anecdote about an earthquake in the Amazon rainforest ...). Certainly, some districts are worse than others, as in all the metropolises of the world, but those that we have explored in depth made us want to come back. The architecture is really worth a look and I was very happy to be able to add this architectural gem to my film. An efficient and enjoyable shoot! I later learned that Quito has always been an important center, even in pre-Inca times because of its strategic geographic location. The spiritual beliefs and rites due to the volcanoes and the Andean mountains surrounding it probably also propelled it to be proclaimed the capital of the country. We have also, during our guided hikes, heard the importance of the Guagua Pichincha volcano (4,776 meters) for the population, the undisputed master of Quito. His last major eruption was in 1999 and he is closely watched. Let's hope that the giant is good with the Quiteños and that he doesn't destroy anything major!

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Quito, Équateur
Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Quito, Équateur
Plaza Grande (Independence Square), Quito, Équateur
Plaza Grande (Independence Square), Quito, Équateur
Iglesia de El Sagrario, Quito, Équateur
Iglesia de El Sagrario, Quito, Équateur
Le volcan Guagua Pichincha se manifestant? Ne l'espérons pas!
The Guagua Pichincha volcano manifesting itself? Do not hope so!

2. 0° 0' 0"

Climb in altitude of course, but on the latitude side, we found ourselves in the center of the world, fifteen km from Quito! Just ask for directions to the "Ciudad del Mundo", a very popular site, and you will be kindly guided. By regular bus it takes about 1 hour, 1h30, for the modest sum of $ 1 or less. On the other hand, over there, if you take your GPS the monument of the "city in the middle of the world" (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) is not quite at latitude 0 ° 0 '0 ", but at 0 ° 0 '7.83 ". Apparently there is another monument, which we unfortunately did not visit, located exactly in the center of the world. Ecuadorians didn't boast too much about it, but I found them modest. The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is really a very interesting tourist attraction, which can take you up to a few hours to visit or more if you have time to see it all. In the center, a 10-meter-high statue in commemoration of the first French geodesic mission: their once scientific objective was to measure an arc of the meridian to verify the real shape of the earth ... we are in 1736. 200 years plus late after the official discovery, the Ecuadorians erected this monument in which we can take an elevator to observe the horizons of the center of the world. In its surroundings, all kinds of games and questions about the balance of the planet made us smile and pass the time. Will you be able to hold an egg on a tee (golf pick)? Is it true that in Ecuador the water in the toilet does not run? (!) And above all, Great Travelers! Don't forget to have your passport stamped there to prove you've come to the center of the world!

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Équateur
Monument of the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Équateur
Monument de la Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, Équateur

3. La Floresta neighborhood

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Grafitis Quito Équateur

You guessed it, the neighborhood of La Floresta in Ecuador is full of graffiti! Do not miss the release of the video on Youtube to be part of the guided tour we did. It is actually an extraordinary community that lives there. The mentality is turned towards street art and on freedom of expression. Graffiti has become a means of communication, from the most subtle to the gigantic. Really, without the guided tour (free, tips suggested), we would never have been able to appreciate this district so much, where in addition, exceptional entrepreneurship is in the spotlight. In this hypster district, graffiti has become a way of life. There are even some graffiti artists who are recognized only by their style in this neighborhood, and others who are trying to find a trade mark ...

In addition, the tour also takes us to visit popular businesses in the area, including the Pacari chocolate factory. Ecuadorian chocolate is popular all over the world, and personally, I was very happy to be able to taste products made on site (and especially chocolate, as a funny bonus, on Valentine's Day!). I don't think I need to tell you that there was a lot of chocolate palette in my backpack on the way back (in addition, at $ 1.50 a bar, we don't think twice ...! ). My favorite bar was the '' Raw '' kind, flavored with the fruit of the pod and also without question with the exceptional flavor of the passion fruit (maracuya)!

Type de grafitis dans le quartier La Floresta, de Quito, en Équateur
Type of graffiti in La Floresta neighborhood, Quito, Ecuador

4. Tactics Escape the Room

We ended our day of shooting to rest a little (and also to stay in the theme of Valentine's Day, haha!) With a little part of Escape the room! And not just any, the scariest one we had ever done! Obviously, we weren't able to film inside to keep the secrets of the puzzles, but believe our experience, your $ 13 will be worth the fear of your life! Not to mention that the game is based in a former mental hospital ... the budget is incredible in this place, nothing fake! You can see it here in the photo, all the devices actually come from the old hospital ... the scenario is disturbing. Enough to fuel the conversations of your dinners for several years, I promise! Link for reservations: https://www.facebook.com/TACTICSEscapeRooms/

Tactics Escape the Room, Quito, Équateur
L'équipe au Tactics Escape the Room, Quito, Équateur
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Cotopaxi, Équateur
Cotopaxi, Équateur

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