Ecuador: Guapalo, over the ridge from Quito – International Living

Ecuador: Guapalo, over the ridge from Quito - International Living www.internationalliving.com International Living editor Suzan Haskins takes you Guapalo, just over the ridge to the east of Quito, directly and precipitously behind the Hotel Quito. A narrow cobblestone street lined with coffeehouses, shops and cafes winds its way downward to the distinctively bohemian and charming colonial town of Guápalo and to the Valley of Tumbaco and beyond. http://internationalliving.com/2011/05/ecuadors-hidden-valleys-right-on-quitos-doorstep/ The village's famous 17th-century church, the Santuario de Guápalo, is loaded with colonial art, including paintings, hand-carved crucifixes, gilded altars, stone carvings and an intricate pulpit carved by Juan Bautista Menacho, an indigenous sculptor of the 18th century. The main altar, painted by Miguel de Santiago, and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Diego de Robles are also original masterpieces.