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We had decided to walk to the old colonial part of Quito which we have been repeatedly told is too dangerous to visit at night but was supposed to be OK during the day as there was a strong police presence . There were certainly a lot of police in the prime spots and it felt safe there , but in the side streets it was occasionally clear to see that there were lookouts who would radio messages alerting those indoors when the police cars were in the area which then resulted in their heavy metal doors being slammed shut, a bit worrying . When we asked for directions people were very helpful but told us to take a bus as it was too unsafe otherwise .This was when I hung a note around Marjets neck " I've got AIDS " . We never were hassled after that .
The old colonial area was truly impressive especially the Basilica were they let you climb on some pretty sketchy ladders to the bell tower at top which is probably 300 feet above ground , something that would never be allowed in the UK .
Exploring big cities inevitably means walking endlessly and by the time we got back we were exhausted and had another early night , tomorrow will mark the beginning of the cycling .
view from apartment
spire with ladder climb