A day (and night) in Quito

We spent the day in Quito before picking up these lovelies…

Their plane arrived late in the evening so of course we amused ourselves in the city. Quito has quite a few modern malls, fancier than we are used to at home! We tried out Quicentro, which is nice, but malls not being our thing at all, decided to find food instead.

We asked at the tour desk at the Traveller’s Inn where to eat, and were told of a good and budget-friendly Indian place a couple of blocks away. Oh my goodness! We will be going there every time we are in Quito! It was called Chandani Tandoori and was awesome. The decor is simple but the food sooo good! You can choose chicken, beef, veggies or shrimp and then one of the 26 or so sauces. Add rice or naan bread for about $3.50 – $4.50.

I had veggies Karai, a tomato, pepper and onion curry sauce which was really good. Isaac had chicken Seinde, a mildly spiced mango and papaya creamy sauce, it was fantastic! I would definitely order his sauce again, or the coconut banana Kashmir. So good! The owner was so helpful too, giving us suggestions and telling us about his place.

I would recommend our hotel as well, the Travellers Inn located on Amazonas and La Pinta. The hotel is super clean and quiet, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Room rates include WiFi and a n abundant breakfast of fruit, eggs, juice, coffee, bread, cheese, cereal and yogurt. A really nice place for $10-$15 per person. There is an on-site tour agency with single or multi day trip options at very reasonable prices.

4 person room with private bath

I would caution to avoid the lower level rooms, during our last stay our room smelled a little damp and musty, a common problem here. The main floor and upstairs rooms have been really nice.

Our family arrived safe and sound and we have already taken them to Otavalo and the market, we will have a busy couple of weeks!

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