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Karen Tina Harrison

Quito: Cultural Treasures, Mansion Hotels, Volcano Treks on Horseback

By February 9, 2013

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Quito view

Ecuador is best known to luxury travelers as the South American country that possesses the Galapagos. But there's a lot more to experience.

Quito street

Luxury Travel Guest Author Christine Lim recently explored Ecuador's capital, Quito.

Church Bells Quito Ecuador

The backstory: Hurricane Sandy stranded Christine in Quito. And she's not sorry. She really got to know and love this sky-high colonial capital in the Andes, ringed by volcanoes.

La Compania church Quito

"Quito is one of the New World's oldest cities, and an architectural treasure," says Christine. "Its rich past coexists with an exciting, international urban culture. Quito is absolutely unique."

Hacienda Rumiloma room

By the way, those volcanoes? They're sleeping, but still smoking. The best way to see them is on horseback. Christine tells you how to do that.

Cotopaxi Volcano over Quito

See why Christine feels that seen-it-all luxury travelers will be thrilled by Quito >>

Horse Trekking in Ecuador

Photos from top: Quito's central square, Plaza San Francisco, seen from ©Casa Gangotena hotel; Quito street ©Cayambe/Wikimedia Commons; church bells ©Quito Turismo; La Compania gold-leaf chapel ©Quito Turismo; Quito hotel room at ©Hacienda Rumiloma; Cotopaxi Volcano over Quito and local horseback trekking ©Ecuador Tourism.

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