Every year thousands of people descend on the Centro Historico in Quito to enjoy the choreography of lights that is the Fiesta de la Luz Quito (Quito Festival of Lights). For one week, several historical buildings get their facades lit up with a vivid array of lights. Sometimes there are just various colours and other times it is an entire light show displaying animals, machinery, and people.
It is a rather intense experience as any conception of personal space must quickly be left behind. There are gazillions of people trying to go in every direction with the expected mixture of tourists, hawkers, and thieves. Travel with minimal possessions and literally keep your hands on the ones that you bring! Due to that unfortunate byproduct of this event, we only brought our small camera, but hopefully the pictures and short video still do the National Basilica and National Theatre justice.
Thanks to our friends for the lovely dinner beforehand, and the company wandering around the chaos. It was a wonderfully memorable evening.