Quito, the largest and best preserved historic center.
Quito was the first city in the world to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. While you walk around its historic center, you step on its cobbled streets, its paved sidewalks you will see churches, houses, colonial convents, built with mud and stone, you will feel like traveling through time through an area rich in history and culture.
The streets of Quito tell their stories and Garcia Moreno Street, also known as Las Siete Cruces, is one of them, besides being one of the most famous. His name is because there are seven crosses on the street. The first cross is outside the San Lorenzo chapel and the second in the Del Carmen Alto monastery, the third is located in the Jesuits’ La Compañía de Jesús Church and is elaborated in the Baroque style and inside it is covered with sheets of gold. The fourth and fifth crosses belong to the El Sagrario church and the Cathedral, and the last two in the La Concepción and Santa Bárbara churches respectively.
The Ronda is another one of the historical, emblematic and famous sectors of the city. Currently there are some restaurants with typical Ecuadorian food, literary and bohemian cafes, in its streets you can see decorative candle manufacturers, sobadores and musicians.
The most extraordinary architectural work in Quito that will be impossible to contemplate is the Church of San Francisco, its structure covers almost two blocks, being the most extensive in the city. In its interior it shelters more than four thousand artistic pieces, among furniture, canvases and sculptures.
The white city: Arequipa, Peru.
They are 330 hectares that occupies the historic center of Arequipia and were declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Its religious architecture stands out in this heritage, its white buildings are like jewels that unfold throughout the city and contrast with a beautiful landscape in the background that includes snow-capped volcanoes and the Andes mountain range.
The old town of the so-called white city of Peru contains many stories such as its picturesque San Lazaro neighborhood. A magical area full of squares, small streets, such as the Violin Alley with its particular entrance arch, Cristales Alley, Bayoneta Alley, Naval Combat Alley, among others. The characteristic white color of their buildings is due to the fact that they were built with a volcanic stone known as sillar.
The Plaza de Armas is considered one of the most beautiful of the continent, surrounded by three imposing ancient buildings such as: The Cathedral, the Church of the Company and the Church of Our Lady of Mercy. This square captivates both the day with activities and typical restaurants, and at night when its extraordinary monuments are illuminated reaching orange tones, a wonderful spectacle that you have to live and witness.
You can not stop contemplating the picturesque and characteristic Arequipia or its beautiful sunsets from the Mirador Yanahuara, one of the most touristic places in the city. This emblematic place is conformed by a succession of sillar arcs and from where in addition to seeing the whole city you can appreciate the imposing and famous Misti volcano, the Chachani and the Pichu Picchu.
Transfer to the colonial era in the Casco Viejo of Panama.
The old town of Panama is a World Heritage Site declared by Unesco. This colonial area, located a few minutes from the modern city of Panama, you can explore and feel the magic and grandeur of its history reflected through its architecture, streets and buildings that have been rebuilt and others that have remained in time . In Casco Viejo you can see churches, museums, beautiful squares, theater, the cathedral and each of them have something to tell.
Visit the colonial city and see the vestiges of ancient religious buildings such as the old convent of Santo Domingo, one of the first to be founded in the new city, now you can see the ruins of its facade and internal arches, as well as a chapel that It was totally restored and it serves as a religious museum.
You will also like to sit for a while in Plaza Bolívar, one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the city. In the center of the square you will observe the monument to the Venezuelan General Simón Bolívar, known as “the Liberator of Latin America”. Around the square you can see churches, luxurious hotels, the National Theater and renowned restaurants where you can enjoy excellent traditional and international cuisine.
The National Theater is located diagonally to Plaza Bolívar, a fantastic building that has been restored. Inside, there is a ceiling where there is an impressive mural that exhibits historical figures of Panama, provides a first-rate natural acoustics and has a capacity for 853 people. Here you can enjoy the staging of dance, theater and even musicals.