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An elegant and cozi apartment
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- 2 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 4
- 2 baths
About our home
Great location! You can walk to beautiful La Carolina park, or to sumptuous shopping centers. You can ride on buses everywhere or take a taxi cab to downtown Quito. All sort of restaurants and nigth life nearby.
This is a vacation home, so its availability is very flexible. In the months of November, December and January, it’s high time in Quito and those months we usually stay at our principal residency. We would like to swap in Eastern Europe, Puerto Rico or Israel abroad. In the United States we would like to spend spring or fall in Niagara Falls, Los Angeles (California) or Tennessee.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!
It is located in the most attractive zone of Quito, very close to the Historic District but also to the modern areas. The Carolina Park is (3 min. walk from the apartment) the best green area in the city. It has walking lanes (about 6 miles), bike lanes, a pond with boats, a course for boarding, a Botanic Garden, an Insectarium, a children museum, basketball and soccer fields. There are colorful vendors. On the side of the Park there two of the plushest malls of Quito: El Jardin and Quicentro, but there are also some minor ones: CCI, CCNU, el Caracol. Additionally, there are Banks and Financial Institutions; they are so modern than during the film: Proof of Life, rather than using a bank in Houston, the filmmakers chose this area instead; and the Atahualpa Stadium, home of the Ecuadorean soccer team and venue for almost all international games. And this is only around the Carolina Park.
In the streets adjacent to the apartment there are restaurants offering seafood, steaks, and vegetarian menus, they go from the most expensive Zazu to places that offer a three course lunch 3 dollars, and many in between with live music from Tuesday to Saturday. A national law forbids the selling alcohol Sundays.
A 15 to 20 min. walk there Mariscal, the tourist are of Quito. Full of restaurants, walkside cafes, nightclubs, arts and crafts stores, and just about whatever a tourist is looking for.
From the apartment, there are buses and inexpensive taxi rides to the Historic District, as well as to the Center of the World town, where there is a line drawing over the Equator dividing the earth in two hemispheres, tourist shops, coffee shops and even a small bullring. During the weekends, there are folkloric dances and music concerts.
Also, about a one hour bus ride is Otavalo, home of the most colorful and multicolor market in Latin America.
ABOUT THE APARTMENT
It is a two bedroom, two baths of approximately 900 sq. ft. It has a full equipped kitchen, broad band internet, and DirecTV service can be obtained by a phone call and you can get service for a day or longer. It has very broad windows (plenty of sun light) with very interesting views. The parquet floors and the beamed-square ceiling with surrounding bookcases gives the impression to be in an old-fashioned library.
ABOUT QUITO AND ECUADOR
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. In fact, it was the first city in the world to be in the World Heritage Centres of the United Nations. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.
Ecuador is a land of wonders and contrasts. Its official currency is the US dollar, so there is no need to exchange them for a local currency. Because of its small size, snowcapped mountains, rainforests, and beaches are at three hours from Quito by car. Beautiful areas, like Loja, where there is town with one of the longest longevities in the world, or Cuenca named second city to retire by International living, and Guayaquil, the most prosperous city in Ecuador, are one hour and half flight from Quito.
This what International Living magazine says about Ecuador: “the perfect location for someone in search of a happy and fulfilling life overseas.” Retirees can pick their climate and lifestyle — from being a Pacific beach bum to an Andes mountaineer.
- Vacation Home
- Cable TV
More about us
- We are a retired couple in excellent physical shape
- I was a professor of Economics at Tulane University, New Orleans
- We are looking for cities with history, architecture and museums
Where is it?
- Buzzy restaurants
- Restaurants for all budgets, from the very nice and expensive Zazu to $3.00 lunches
- Cool bars
- Several bars with music from Tuesdays to Sundays
- Cozy cafés
- Several by the Carolina Partk
- Retail therapy
- Two of the best shopping centers, walking distance!!!
- Bit of culture
- The Carolina Park offers a Botanic Garden, a Solarium, an Insectarium
- Walks in the park
- Stroll in the Carolina Park and see world class "walkers" training
- Spot of exercise
- A couple of gymnasioums are nearby
- Day tripping
- Take a taxi (very cheap) or a bus (25 $cents) any where in the city or the surrounding areas
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