One of the things I find fascinating about South America is the way that the indigenous pre-Columbian cultures have survived and absorbed elements of Western culture, Catholicism in particular. Unlike the British who seemed to have a generally laissez-faire attitude towards the cultures of the countries they conquered, preferring to concentrate on their economic exploitation, the Spanish sought to impose Catholicism on the people of South America and destroy w...
Ecuador and the Galapagos
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Quito has, I suppose, two claims to fame as a capital city. At 2,800 metres it is the second highest city in the world (La Paz is the highest) and it can with some justification claim to be in the middle of the world being just a few kilometres from the Equator. It also has one of the most spectacular locations of any city. It sits in a valley surrounded by mountains that rise to nearly 6,000 metres. These facts combine to give Quito a unique feel. The altitud...