Quito

Travel Guide
Calle La Ronda showing street scenes and night scenes as well as a large group of people

Quito Travel Guide Video

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.

Where to stay in Quito

La Merced Church showing a square or plaza and a church or cathedral

Quito Historic Center

4.5/5(216 area reviews)

Churches, museums, and shopping highlight some of the noteworthy features of Quito Historic Center. Make a stop by Independence Square or Catedral Metropolitana de Quito while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Quito Historic Center
La Carolina showing a park and a pond

La Carolina

5/5(7 area reviews)

Take time in La Carolina to visit attractions like Parque La Carolina and El Jardin Mall. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Iñaquito Station to see more of the city.

La Carolina
Quito featuring interior views, heritage elements and a church or cathedral

Centro Histórico

4.5/5(11 area reviews)

While visiting Centro Histórico, you might make a stop by sights like Calle La Ronda and Santo Domingo Church.

Centro Histórico
Foch Square which includes dining out, modern architecture and cafe scenes

La Mariscal

4/5(176 area reviews)

La Mariscal is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Foch Square and La Mariscal Craft Market while you're in town.

La Mariscal
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La Floresta

La Floresta is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Trude Sojka Cultural House and Weilbauer Museum.

La Floresta
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Carcelén

While Carcelén might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado and Bicentenario Park.

Carcelén
Wyndham Quito Airport
Wyndham Quito Airport
4.5 out of 5
Parroquia Tababela S/N Via Yaruqui, Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Tababela, Pichincha
The price is $130 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$130
$147 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 2 - Jun 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tababela. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (1,518 reviews)
"Great breakfast buffet and spa. I had to call the hotel to book for the spa as there was not a spot on their website for this. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay again!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Wyndham Quito Airport
JW Marriott Quito
JW Marriott Quito
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Orellana 1172 Y Avenida Amazonas, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $119 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
$119
$154 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 1 - Jun 2
Book a stay at this spa hotel in Quito. Enjoy a full-service spa, 4 restaurants, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (595 reviews)
"It was fabulous!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

JW Marriott Quito
Holiday Inn Quito Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Quito Airport, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Solar Numero 4, Barrio Santa Rosa, Calle conector Alpachaca y calle Cotopax, Tababela, Quito
The price is $93 per night from May 23 to May 24
$93
$104 total
includes taxes & fees
May 23 - May 24
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tababela. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (638 reviews)
"Close to airport"

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Holiday Inn Quito Airport, an IHG Hotel
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