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Quito Attractions

As the capital of Ecuador, Quito's past extends for centuries beyond its founding in 1534 to its status as a kingdom of the Incan Empire. Known by nicknames such as the Light of America, the City of the Heavens, and God's Face, Quito attained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1978 in recognition of the superb Spanish Colonial buildings in its ancient heart.

Most of the attractions in Quito are centered around the Old Town, where nearly 500 years of history are played out in the ancient buildings and winding streets. There are excellent Quito tours, which provide sights of the Old Town, but visitors will find the sheer number of must-see places requires them to allow more than one day to properly enjoy them all. Top highlights include the Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus, one of the most beautiful churches in the Americas. And one of the most popular spots in the city for tourists is the hill where La Vírgen del Panecillo is located. This famous statue depicts the winged Virgin and provides a stunning focal point above the city.

Another local tourist favorite is the Museo de la Ciudad, or City Museum. With interactive displays detailing Quito's history, it's popular with children and adults alike. Quito also offers visitors a veritable shoppers' paradise of well-made goods crafted by artisans and sold right from their workshops on the street. There are also several malls dotted around the city giving visitors the opportunity to purchase familiar brands at reasonable prices.

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Things to Do in Quito with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you wander in Quito. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can do together that'll make your break unforgettable:

Free Things to Do in Quito

Leave your wallet in the hotel room. It's possible to entertain yourself in Quito without spending a penny.

Centro de Arte Contemporaneo - Roam around and take in the impressive displays at this popular museum.

Metropolitan Park - Let down your hair and add a little excitement to your time here.

Equinoctial Technologica University - Architecture fans will no doubt love admiring the modern design of this landmark.

National Polytechnic School - Feel like you've been transported back in time while wandering around this historic site.

San Blas Square - Hang out for a while in this bustling area and imagine life as a local resident.

La Mariscal Craft Market - Widely recognized among those who reside here, this place is worth exploring.

Church of San Agustin - Do some quiet contemplation and find out a few things about this site's spiritual significance.

Parque La Carolina - Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by spending a bit of time in nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Quito

Quito Historic Center

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.


La Mariscal

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 Carolina

Discover local flora and fauna at the botanical gardens and reptile house, join a game of Ecuadorian soccer and enjoy the sights at this central urban park.


Centro Histórico

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

Financial District

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.

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Panecillo might not have many top sights, but Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Independence Square are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Quito on a sunny day?

If you're in the mood for some fun under the sun, you'll enjoy these outdoor adventures:

What to do in Quito on a rainy day?

If it's pouring down and you're after something to do, hang up your umbrella and try a 6 Day Multisport Ecuador (Shared).

What is Quito famous for?

Head straight for Monument to the Equator and El Panecillo if you're into big-name attractions.

What should I not miss in Quito?

Don't go home without crossing off the following incredible attractions:

  • Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
  • Independence Square
  • Atahualpa Olympic Stadium
  • Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado

Are there cheap things to do in Quito?

If you're on a strict budget, be sure to add the following cheap activities and tours to your schedule:

What can you do in Quito for free?

You could store your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these top attractions won't cost you a penny:

  • Monument to the Equator
  • Independence Square
  • Foch Square
  • Quicentro Sur Mall