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While Guápulo is small and somewhat hidden beneath the posh Avenida de Gónzalez Suárez, the bohemian neighborhood is worth the trip. You can begin walking from the Mirador de Guápulo, a restaurant and lookout point, which by day offers local artesanía to tour buses that stop to see the sprawling green valley below and by night pumps out live music and a full menu of Ecuadorian fare. Take the stairs (as long as there's still daylight), as the view is unbeatable. At the bottom of the stairs, you’ll hit a small tienda (shop), which is a perfect place to grab water or a snack for the rest of your walk.

As you head down the winding Camino de Orellana, you’ll pass five or so small cafés, most open for dinner. There are a couple more tiendas along the way; one has Internet and a phone booth for national or international calls. At the bottom of the great hill is the Iglesia de Guápulo, a gorgeous sanctuary with a museum and monastery inside. There are also park benches for relaxing in this church square below, which you will want to take advantage of before making the long hike back up.

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
18 Jan 2013

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