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.

Where to stay in 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, 00000
The price is $82 per night from Jul 15 to Jul 16
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tababela. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Chiche and Oyacoto are located nearby. Discover ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (128 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and property close to the airport"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Holiday Inn Quito Airport, an IHG Hotel
Wyndham Quito Airport
Wyndham Quito Airport
5 out of 5
Parroquia Tababela S/N Via Yaruqui, Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, Tababela, Pichincha, EC170183
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $108 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Tababela. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"Hotel is close to the Airport and that was convenient. Unfortunately, some men came down the hall talking very loudly and woke me up at 2:30am."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Wyndham Quito Airport
Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
5 out of 5
Avenida República de El Salvador N34-377, Quito, Pichincha, 170135
The price is $89 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Quito. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (664 reviews)
"Good stay."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Hotel Dann Carlton Quito
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Suites Metropoli Edificio Torino
Suites Metropoli Edificio Torino
3.5 out of 5
Checoslovaquia E9-75 y Suiza, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $64 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 3
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Quito. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the family amenities in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Departamento muy cómodo , con todos los servicios y excelente ubicación"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Suites Metropoli Edificio Torino
Old Town Quito Suites, Apartments & Boutique hotel
Old Town Quito Suites, Apartments & Boutique hotel
4 out of 5
José de Antepara E3-61 y Vicente Léon, San Blas, Quito, Pichincha, 170136
The price is $149 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Quito. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
5/5 Exceptional! (66 reviews)
"Very nice and attentive staff. Great breakfast options."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Old Town Quito Suites, Apartments & Boutique hotel
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 $105 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Quito. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (64 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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