The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog


Yesterday we left Cuzco and flew back to Lima and the Hotel Embajadores where we all had the rest of the day to chill out before our final night dinner...we kept it simple and went to another one of the family style chicken restaurants, although this one, Pardo Pollo, was a little fancier as it was located at Larcomar Mall in the upscale Miraflores area of Lima...after dinner we made our way back to the hotel and said our goodbyes to Trudy who was heading home to Australia just after midnight(via Buenos Aries, then Santiago and Auckland before getting into Sydney)...this morning we got up early to say good bye to Alan and Cecelia who were going to Quito and then off to the Galapagos Islands to continue their South American adventure...it was then our turn to say goodbye to the remaining members of our group as we made our way to Quito...Gordon and Charlotte and Carol and Sandy were spending a a few more days in Lima before making their way home to Canada...we arrived in Quito, Ecaudor’s capital city at about 4:30 p.m. after our flight out of Lima was delayed a couple of hours...Quito is nestled in a valley in the Andes mountains at 2,850 metres above sea level and is essentially two cities in one...Old Town which is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site and New Town, a combination of hotels, parks, apartments and government buildings...the airport is literally in the centre of the city and we stayed on Avenida Amazonas at the Rio Amazonas for our first three nights in an area full of cafes and intercontinental restaurants, noisy bars, inventive small hotels and numerous travel agencies as well as lots of places to shop....Quito was a most important Inca city that was destroyed by one of two feuding brothers’(Atalhualpa) generals, whose name was Ruminahui (Ruminawi), just prior to the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors...civilization in Ecuador dates back to about 9000 BC and the Stone Age...pre-Inca Ecuador however is less well known than pre-Inca Peru...in the middle of the 15th century a Peruvian Inca chief Tupac-Yupanqui from Cuzco subdued an Ecuadorian tribe and his association with a Canari princess brought him a son...Huayna Capac grew up in Ecuador and inherited his fathers place as leader of the Incas and he made his way all over the Inca empire from Bolivia to Ecuador fortifying his strong hold by marrying throughout the empire...his secondary wife produced a son in Ecuador whose name was Altahualpa while his primary marriage produced a son in Cuzco by the name of Huascar, who was completely of Inca heritage...when Huayna Capac died in 1526 his empire was split between the two half-brothers instead of being left to only one son (which was the tradition) thus splitting the Inca empire...the rivalry between the brothers (Altahualpa of Quito and Huascar of Cuzco) erupted into a civil war and eventually Altahualpa defeated his brother Huascar at a battle in central Ecaudor...Altahualpa continued to rule a weakened and un-united Inca empire when the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro arrived in Peru in 1532 and who appointed his brother Gonzalo as governor of Quito in 1540.....



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