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.
Cafes, Museums and Tours
Stand with one foot in each hemisphere at this monument to the site where the equator is marked, then spend time in the accompanying planetarium and museum.
Admire an iconic statue and see panoramic views of Quito and its surrounding volcanoes from this green hilltop in the heart of the city’s Old Town.
Discover one of the oldest churches in South America, featuring an intriguing mix of architectural styles, magnificent Catholic artworks and a fascinating history.
Rows of stately colonial buildings and a 16th-century cathedral surround this historic civic square on the site where Quito’s Old Town made its humble beginnings.
Visit this magnificent neo-Gothic landmark to admire its fine architecture and Ecuador-themed gargoyles, and the panoramic views from its immense towers.
Discover the dazzling churches, monasteries, museums, palaces and plazas that decorate the atmospheric streets of Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center.
This tour starts early in the morning as you are picked up from your hotel or accommodation in central Quito and head to the northwest of the city. Admiring the landscape on the Andes Mountains we will make the first stop the visit the Hummingbird Garden.
Visit a monument built to mark the exact location of the Earth's equator, the imaginary line that divides our planet into northern and southern halves. Step between the hemispheres and reflect on the scientific work that helped to define the size and scope of the world.
Spend a full day at Termas of Papallacta Spa, enjoying the hot springs and the medicinal benefit of their healing geothermal waters. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Andes mountains, enjoy a walk through a private cloud forest, and then relax in the warm waters of the hot spring.
Spend a week exploring the wonders of central Ecuador with a guided tour through Quito and into the surrounding wilderness of the Andes. With visits to the Middle of the World Monument, the volcanoes of Quilotoa and Cotopaxi, and Papallacta Hot Springs, you're in for some incredible sights.
Day 1: Transfer Airport / Hotel Day 2: 1914 Original trolley city tour of Quito + Northern and south Hemisphere Experience in the Middle of the World. We head to the historic center to visit the Quito's Historic center and the Mirador del Panecillo, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito.
1914 Original trolley city tour of Quito Operates daily: Monday to Saturday - 08h15 / Sunday -14h15 We will visit the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America, in one of our original trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito in the last century.