Quito Old Town (Centro Histórico) is an architectural masterpiece and the colonial heart of Quito. Visit its dozens of grandiose churches, convents and palaces, many looming over pretty public squares. Find galleries and museums showcasing everything from city history to pre-Columbian art and waxworks. Quito Old Town stands little changed since its 16th-century beginnings despite the city’s several earthquakes.
Experience the lively activity of the district’s three main squares: Independence Square, Santo Domingo Square and San Francisco Plaza. Colonial treasures, such as the Carondelet Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito and El Sagrario Chapel frame Independence Square. Appreciate the grandeur from the comfort of one of the plaza’s benches. Watch as clowns, magicians and musicians entertain locals and tourists.
Marvel at the whitewashed arcades, Moorish-style tower and artwork by Manuel de Samaniego at La Merced Church. Visit its 13 cloisters and see some of the 3,500 works of art at the Church and Convent of San Francisco. Enjoy magnificent views over the city’s rooftops from the 377-foot (115-meter) tall towers of the neo-Gothic Basílica of the National Vow.
Go to the City Museum to learn about the evolution of Quito from prehistoric times to Ecuador’s declaration of independence. Admire waxwork exhibits retelling Quito’s colonial past at the Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum. Browse superb art collections at the Camilo Egas Museum, Colonial Art Museum and House of Praise Pre-Columbian Art Museum. Retrace the life of a well-known aristocrat at María Augusta Urrutia House.
Walk along Calle La Ronda, an atmospheric street filled with chocolatiers, handicraft shops, milliners and silversmiths. Sip a canelazo (a hot spiced fruit and aguardiente drink) at a cozy bar or café. Attend concerts, operas and plays at Teatro Sucre, on Plaza Teatro.
Travel between the attractions of Quito Old Town comfortably on foot. Public buses connect with the city’s outlying suburbs. Guesthouses and hotels line the district’s streets. Take a taxi to El Panecillo lookout and Itchimbía Park for panoramic city and mountain views.
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Located in Quito Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Carondelet Palace, Quito Cathedral, and Independence Square. El Panecillo and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Quito Historic Center, this hotel is steps from San Agustin Museum, Church of San Agustin, and Sucre Theatre. Bolivar Theatre and Plaza del Teatro are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Quito Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santo Domingo Park and Quito Cathedral. El Panecillo and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Quito Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museo Casa de Sucre and Quito Cathedral. El Panecillo and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Quito, this hotel is close to Quito Observatory, Basilica of the National Vow, and El Panecillo. Also nearby are Independence Square and Quito Cathedral.
Located in Quito Historic Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Francisco Church and Quito Cathedral. El Panecillo and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Quito Historic Center, this romantic hotel is steps from Carondelet Palace and Independence Square. Quito Cathedral and Basilica of the National Vow are also within 10 minutes.