The city of Quito, like Cusco in Peru, was once a magnificent Incan metropolis. Rather than letting in fall into the hands of the Spaniards, the Inca warrior Rumiñahui raised it, leaving no buildings for the Spanish to appropriate for their own. This didn’t stop the Spaniards from starting fresh and building a magnificent city from scratch. To this day Quito boasts the largest colonial town center in the Americas. Like the destruction of Quito, much of Ecuador’s Incan past has been erased. Here and there, ladies wearing the typical Andean felt hats walk past. Instead of the vibrantly colored blankets used to hold massive amounts of goods, or layers of multicolored petticoats, they wear solid, somber colors.