Quito

Quito's spectacular location and the wonderful revival of its colonial centre are matched only by the complex charm of the capital's people, the 'Chullas Quiteños' as they call themselves; the term defies translation but is akin to 'real Quitonians'. These are not the colourfully dressed inhabitants of highland villages, tending crops and haggling with tourists to sell their crafts. They are young professionals, office workers and government bureaucrats, conservatively attired and courteous to a fault, and they form the backbone of a very urban society. You will see them going out for lunch with colleagues during the week, making even a cheap almuerzo seem like a formal occasion. You will also find them in the city's bars and clubs at weekends, letting their hair down with such gusto that they seem like entirely different people.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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