Leaving our accommodation once more, we go slightly up the hill to find a touristic area of the old city of Quito known as La Ronda Historico.
But instead, we find a beautiful arch and church. Look at the gorgeous painted detail on this!
I love the street sellers in their traditional dress. Here in Quito, we get amazing fruits and vegetables for $1 a bag. We buy shelled beans and peas and avocados.
We pass a bank that has great columns. There are angels on the top of this pic but I would have to lie on the ground to get a good shot as they ascend seemingly to the sky.
As we head down stone steps, we find the start of the district of La Ronda. It is a Monday and most shops are closed – darn.
We hear incredible music and wander into a store where a man is tuning his piano. Next to him is a craftsman making guitars and other stringed instruments by hand?
La Ronda Historico And Games For the Kids
The streets are filled with games for kids. But unless it is a guarded game, the rings and balls are not there to play.
Hopscotch is fun, but my son decides he is way too old for this and I am just an embarrassment to even consider making him stand on the mat.
The next game is a brass frog. The mouth flips as you toss the coins in. They fall and you can score. But it eats the coins somehow, so we ditch that game too.
Ahhh – We find a lady with the marbles for these two games. She explains the rules and we have some fun.
Then we have a game of “finger football”. Seeing the road is on a slope this is a challenge for my son to win. So we swap sides to even the score.
There are a few side streets. Up the hill, there is a cake shop and a craft store. But it is very, very quiet.
We are told that this is the place to visit on a Saturday night. However, it is at this moment a rainy season. So it can start raining at any time after 2 p.m. This is pretty much every day, so nights are out for us.
Also, we would only go as a group, and that is costly. Safety needs to be considered. So we tend to make our days an adventure earlier, rather than later.
A tip for parents traveling with children
Try to go out early in the morning. The weather is good, and the kids are fresh and energetic. We tend to do our diary straight after breakfast and then head out.
We have some days when we stay back and do a morning of world school too.
Safety For The Kids
I always give my son a Hotel/Hostel business card that he places in his pocket. He also has his ID bracelet too. With these, people can easily reach me whenever he gets lost. However, we have not had the need.
Pockey Money With Travel
Also, try to give your child some pocket money. I give $1 for each year he is, so he now gets $7 a week. He can buy his own chocolate, or silly toys etc.
He, however, has daily chores ie: fill the water bottle and make sure it is in the knapsack etc.
Questions and Comments
- Do you give your children pocket money? If so, how much?
- When do you find is the best time to venture out with children?
- Tell us in the comments below.