Nested in between tthe mountains, lies a city where new an old find a way to coexist. Quito’s agitated life, in conjunction with its colonial architecture, and modern luxuries, will have you travelling through history. Quito is not a place, but an experience!
Quito, the country´s capital, is an old Andean city, and although it doesn´t maintain much of its Inca origins, it´s still a testimony to the history of Ecuador and the merging of the Spanish and native cultures. Its historic downtown is the largest and best conserved in all of Latin America; and its buildings, being the most prominent the churches, basilica and cathedrals show the influence the Spanish conquest had on native people, while at the same time demonstrate little acts of rebellion that were imprinted in the form of the sun always being present in the highest place. It´s a perfect representation of the modern Quiteños who always find a way to encounter and defy their problems with a bit of salty humor. The cobbled stoned streets invite you to explore the colonial buildings and maybe make a stop to try the local cuisine. Canelazo and some empanadas de viento will give you the strength and warmth needed to travel across the many stories that the city has to offer just by walking around..
THE Miiddle of the world
The “Baroque school of Quito” is omnipresent throughout the colonial architecture, and is accompanied by tales of its construction that tell of deals with the devil to build an atrium, or the adventures of a cleric who escaped the convents every night. Every stone narrates a story, and every story gives Quito its bold character.
Because of its geographical position, near to the Equator, the city is known by the locals as “The City of the Sun”. It is the highest official capital city in the world, established in north-central Ecuador, in the Guayllabamba river basin, and on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains.
Quito has its doors open so that you may wander and explore its Andean spirit through food, art, and landscapes.
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El Panecillo is a small hill right in the middle of Colonial Quito, that closely resemble the from of a small bread, hence its name. The famous statue of the virgin that watches over Quito sits atop the hill; a unique representation of Virgin Mary, also called the virgin of the Apocalypse.
Inti Ñan Solar Museum
As you walk trough representations of amazon huts and old houses, you will discover a lot about the Ecuadorian heritage. Then experience the different fun effects living in the middle of the world causes. It’s an interactive experience that can’t be replicated any other part of the world.
Teleferico – Cable car
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Depending on your client’s preferences, we can help you determine the best experiences tailored for your clients. From where to visit, when to go, what to do and how to get there safely, our travel experts will help you create an experience your clients will love.
Best times to
Quito is the city of the four seasons. Ecuadorians don’t call it that in vain: you might experience summer, winter, fall and spring all in the same day. So don´t be surprised if you see people on the streets wearing a wool sweater when the sun is up and hot; it might be a good idea for you to wear layers too. All in all, the weather is pleasant all year round, but you might expeience a sudden shower of rain after a completely sunny day, just to 20 minutes later be enjoying the sunniest sunset in your life. It´s always a surprise. Temperatures vary from 90 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit from day to night.
HOW TO GET THERE
For air service to Quito, Mariscal Sucre International Airport is Ecuador’s main international and domestic airport. Many airlines in North America, Europe and across Latin America offer direct flights to the capital.
Quito is also connected by bus to several neighbouring countries and all major cities in Ecuador. There are two main bus stations located in the northern and southern outskirts of the city.
For getting around the city, visitors can use public transportation including buses and minibuses. However these methods of transport are only available from 5am to 10 pm.
There are taxis available 24/7 but their rates increase by 50 cents or more during the night. All taxis have meters but they might try to negotiate a price with you. Try to get them to use the meter. Uber is also a solid option of transportation and is also available at all times.
WHERE TO STAY
Quito has a wide range of places to stay and every type of traveler is sure to find something to their liking. While a number of hotels can be found throughout the city, we recommend staying in the north-center part of the town. It provides access to most services and is close to several turistic areas.
The city’s gastronomy also offers a wide range of choices. Many upscale restaurants dot the culinary map of the city and also include plenty cheap meals that make dining out one of the finest aspects of a visit.
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