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QuitoEcuador

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.

Quito Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Quito

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

La Mariscal

4/5Very Good!(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
Independence Square which includes street scenes and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people

Quito Historic Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(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
El Panecillo showing a city

Centro Histórico

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

While visiting Centro Histórico, you might make a stop by sights like Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Independence Square.

Centro Histórico
La Carolina showing a park and a pond

La Carolina

5/5Exceptional!(7 area reviews)

La Carolina is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by El Jardin Mall and Quicentro Shopping while in the area.

La Carolina
La Basilica--The basilica cathedral of Quito is one of the largest churches in Ecuador.  The different architecture carvings on the church are representing different fauna of Ecuador.

Financial District

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and parks in Financial District. You might want to make time for a stop at Atahualpa Olympic Stadium or Guanquiltaqua Metropolitan Park.

Financial District
San Francisco Church which includes a square or plaza and a fountain

San Roque

While visiting San Roque, you might make a stop by sights like San Francisco Church and Yaku Water Museum.

San Roque

Top Hotels in Quito

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 $95 per night

Located in the heart of Tababela, this luxury hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Quito Zoo, Chapel of Man, and Quicentro Shopping. Guanquiltaqua Metropolitan Park ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (341 reviews)

"This is my new favorite place to stay close to the airport, very friendly staff and super clean and organize."…"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Eb Hotel By Eurobuilding Airport Quito
JW Marriott Hotel Quito
JW Marriott Hotel Quito
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Orellana 1172 Y Avenida Amazonas, Quito, Pichincha
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $104 per night

Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Foch Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Quicentro Shopping and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (423 reviews)

"Staff were friendly and helpful. Restaurants were great."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Quito
Hilton Colon Quito
Hilton Colon Quito
4.5 out of 5
Amazonas N 1914 Y Patria Avenida 1, Quito, Pichincha
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $104 per night

Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Foch Square, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, and Basilica of the National Vow. Independence ...

4.3/5Excellent! (258 reviews)

"Excellent staff. Very clean and the staff was very helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Hilton Colon Quito

Popular places to visit in Quito

Monument to the Equator
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Monument to the Equator

4.5/5(293 reviews)

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.

Foch Square
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Foch Square

4/5(140 reviews)

Join Quito’s pulsating nightlife, attend free concerts and shop at an artisanal craft fair at this square in the heart of Quito’s Mariscal district.

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
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Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

4.5/5(300 reviews)

Discover one of the oldest churches in South America, featuring an intriguing mix of architectural styles, magnificent Catholic artworks and a fascinating history.

Independence Square
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Independence Square

4.5/5(262 reviews)

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.

San Francisco Church
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San Francisco Church

4.5/5(158 reviews)

This church and monastery complex is as old as the city itself and features stunning 16th-century architecture, a converted catacomb and 3,500 artworks.

El Panecillo
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El Panecillo

4.5/5(152 reviews)

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.

Top things to do in Quito

Daily Departures: Cotopaxi Volcano Small-Groups Day Tour
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Daily Departures: Cotopaxi Volcano Small-Groups Day Tour

$109
Per adult
Daily Departures: Papallacta Termas Spa Small-group Tour
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Daily Departures: Papallacta Termas Spa Small-group Tour

$132
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Daily departures: Small Groups Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon
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Daily departures: Small Groups Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon

$99
Per adult
Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour - "Small Group"
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Quito at Night & Urban Legends Tour - "Small Group"

$15
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Small Groups: Quito City + Teleférico + Mitad del Mundo Tour
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Small Groups: Quito City + Teleférico + Mitad del Mundo Tour

$112
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off
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Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

$15
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Quito

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.97959183673469%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.918367346938775%
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5/5 - Excellent

Dr.Pimentel

Apr 25, 2020

I would love to live in Quito! Such a beautiful place with such kind and approachable people!

4/5 - Good

stevelockwood

Apr 2, 2020

Nice city, everything is up or down if walking. Great hotel, would stay there again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

I loved the city and feel I only scratched the surface on what there is to do around there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Mostly felt safe. Great Metropolitano hospital treated my partner for injuries. Lots of taxis. Some turn off meters late at night and try to overcharge. Nice national museum.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Place to visit and learn

5/5 - Excellent

LeoR

Mar 1, 2020

Quito was a great place to visit. We liked the customer service experience as they did not make us feel like they were doing us a favor for doing their job, like we have experienced in other countries. We look forward to returning.

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Cotopaxi National Park featuring landscape views

Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi National Park which includes mist or fog and mountains

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