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Quito
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Quito featuring landscape views and a city

Bordered by volcanoes and the Andes mountains, Ecuador’s capital city has treasures of heritage architecture, colonial history and natural wonders.

Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, sits at the base of the majestic Pichincha volcano and the picturesque Andes mountains. Explore the equatorial city’s Old Town to discover one of the best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, built over an ancient Incan city.

Visit Quito’s fascinating historic center to find a magnificent Old Town that became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1978. Visit Independence Square, a historic plaza that holds the civic heart of the city and opens onto stunning colonial buildings. These include the Quito Metropolitan Cathedral, Carondelet Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace. Explore breathtaking religious buildings, such as La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, San Francisco Church, Santo Domingo Church and La Merced Church, which are all a short stroll from the central square.

Stop at a café in Quito’s historic center and relax with a local wine, such as a spiced vino caliente, as you admire the city’s ornate architecture. Try a bowl of ceviche, a popular regional seafood dish.

At an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,850 meters), Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world. Discover stunning mountain views around every corner in this Andean city. Enjoy picturesque vistas of the surrounding volcanoes from the El Panecillo hill in the city, or take a day trip out to Pichincha volcano or Cotopaxi National Park for a scenic hike. Straddle the middle of the world at the Mitad del Mundo Monument, a tribute to the location of the equator.

Quito has a year-round moderate climate, with a warmer period from June through September. Getting around the city is easy with frequent trolleybuses and inexpensive cabs. The city’s historic center is easily explored on foot. Keep an eye on your valuables, especially when exploring tourist destinations, as pickpocketing is common.

Quito is 22 miles (35.4 kilometers) from Mariscal Sucre International Airport. A scenic railroad also passes through southern Quito, stopping at the Estación de Chimbacalle.

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Where to stay in Quito

Wyndham Quito Airport
Wyndham Quito Airport
4 out of 5
Parroquia Tababela S/N Via Yaruqui, Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Tababela, Pichincha
The price is $65 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chiche and Oyacoto. Gallardo is 10.3 mi (16.5 km) away.
4.6/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Wyndham Quito Airport
Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars
Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars
4.5 out of 5
República de El Salvador, N34-349 e Irlanda, Quito, Quito
The price is $69 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in La Carolina, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Quicentro Shopping and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Foch Square. Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Botanical ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (490 reviews)
"Absolutely gorgeous room very helpful staff I would recommend this to everyone I know can’t wait to visit again"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars
Eb Hotel By Eurobuilding Airport Quito
Eb Hotel By Eurobuilding Airport Quito
4.5 out of 5
Calle 24 de Septiembre S2-389, Conector Alpachaca, Tababela, Pichincha
The price is $90 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Located in the heart of Tababela, this luxury hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Quito Zoo, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, and Guayasamin Museum. Quicentro Shopping ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (386 reviews)
"Close to the airport. Staff very friendly."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Eb Hotel By Eurobuilding Airport Quito
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Old Town Quito Suites
Old Town Quito Suites
4 out of 5
José de Antepara E3-61 y Vicente Léon, San Blas, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $123 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
This family-friendly Quito aparthotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of San Blas Square and Basilica of the National Vow. Independence ...
5/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"Old Town Quito Suites exceeded our expectation in all the categories. It is an older colonial house which was renovated by the owner (Dirk) and made into an apt. hotel. The rooms are a spacious, equipped with modern kitchens. Everywhere it shows attention to details, which combines the traditional ..."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Old Town Quito Suites
Quinta Cascada Azul
Quinta Cascada Azul
3 out of 5
Km 123 Via Calacali La Independencia, Calacali, Pichincha
Situated in Calacali, this vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from San Luis and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Monument to the Equator and ...
Quinta Cascada Azul
Torres de Suites by InAmazonas
Torres de Suites by InAmazonas
3.5 out of 5
Av. Orellana 1172 y Av. Amazonas, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $125 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in the entertainment district, this spa aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Foch Square, Quicentro Shopping, and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium. Basilica ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)
"2 bedroom. Spacious. Very clean and quite. We had a beautiful balcony and nice view. Suite 102"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Torres de Suites by InAmazonas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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