Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito Ecuador
We are charged $2 each – the ticket office entrance is hard to find. You need to find the side gate, then go to the courtyard at the back.
We head up many stairs to get to the balcony overlooking the inside of the church. You can read my previous blog on this separate visit a few weeks ago. This church took over 100 years to build. It is the largest in Ecuador-an amazing structure.
There is a huge pipe organ on wheels within the church.
We first head up to the clock tower. The clock strikes while we are still inside – pretty crazy to be there at that time.
We then go up a spiral staircase. The top of this has no handle, making it really hard to get up. I get a bit freaked. Finally, I get myself safely positioned, only to realise that I have to exit up again as it is single file traffic.
The view at the top is pretty wild. Right over Quito. Each direction is amazing in this tower. This is the easy climb tower. I suggest you do this first.
We try to get up to the bells – but there is a locked gate. So down we go again.
We knew there was a lovely coffee shop. We are there alone. The lady is lovely. She has a few variety of food available. Much of the menu is not served.
It does worry me – there is a huge selection of hot wine and other alcoholic beverages. Not a safe thing to take before a climb – maybe people need it after?
He then heads up the first ladder. Trust me – this ladder is easy. It is protected on the inside.
But we have people behind us, so we have to go forward. I freeze partway – it is really, really is scary. However, my son is safely wedged between two adults the whole time.
I tell my son to hang on for dear life – he does that. Good boy!
I am amazed at the places people graffiti. It is crazy how they got there.
We head back down. This is the worst. There is a couple that helps me get down safely with my son. They encourage him and ensure he can’t fall.
Partway down you can see some detailed architecture. All the birds are different on the side of this building.
As we finish our couple of hours here, we walk back to our hotel. We get to buy lunch for $2. If you walk in front of the church and down one block there is a street full of cheap cafes – as you head to the park with the observatory.
We wander back and realise how comfortable we feel in this city. Soon we will be on our next big journey. But we will be back!