Everything about Quito – from its setting along the slopes of Pichincha volcano to having the best preserved historic center in Latin America – makes it a capital city worth visiting. The ‘old town’, as the center is known, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Stroll along its narrow streets and enjoy the buskers, vendors and locals going about their everyday business. Visit the monasteries of San Francisco and Santa Domingo, the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañia, the Cathedral of Quito or the hill of El Panecillo where you can view the 45m high statue of the Virgin Mary. Mariscal Sucre offers a taste of modern Quito with its trendy bars, restaurants and night life.
Our favorite accommodation in Quito
Casa Gangotena Hotel
Patio Andaluz Hotel
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