Quito (UNESCO World Heritage)

Ecuador - Quito - Basilica del Voto NacionalQuito is the capital city of Ecuador and is located in the picturesque valley between the soaring Andean Peaks. The tourists will be impressed by the spectacular attractions that this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers, whether it’s the grand churches, or picturesque natural sights or the colonial Old Town.

Quito boasts of many spectacular landmarks and monuments like the mesmerizing Old Town, Conjunto monumental San Francisco, Casa de la Cultura, Mitad del Mundo, Carmen Alto monastery, La Virgin del Panecillo, Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus and La Florida Archaeological Site.

Explore its rich history, art and culture at the impressive museums and galleries around the city. The City Museum, Mindalae Museum, Guayasamin Museum, Central Bank National Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art and Centro Cultural Metropolitano, are names of just few the popular attractions.

This busy metropolis also houses impressive parks and gardens like the Parque Metropolitano Guanguiltagua (largest in city); Centro Cultural Itchimbia; Jardin Botanico; Parque El Ejido and the Parque La Alameda. Parque Itchimbia is the perfect spot for picnic and from here you can enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of this magnificent city.

For fun and entertainment there are a lot of options including Fiesta de Quito, Patio de Comedias Theatre, bull fighting (Plaza de Toros) and if you love shopping the Otavalo Market and El Quinde is must-visit. Quito also boasts of a vibrant nightlife. Plaza Foch, Club Gia, Naranjilla Mecanica, Latitud, Gaudi and the Reina Victoria are few of the best places to hang out.

Quito principally has a spring-like climate but like any other Andean region the weather varies according to the altitude and the time of the year. The best time to visit is between the months of June and September.

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