Quito is placed in the northern part of Ecuador, and it also the capital. It's beautifully located on the lower slopes of Pichincha volcano in a narrow and fertile valley of the Andes Mountains. Quito is the oldest South American capital, and for that reason, it maintains quite a lot of its colonial appeal. It is the highest capital city in the world, with an altitude of 2,850 metres (9,300 ft). Quito is a city of unquestionable beauty. On one side, the magnificence of Quito’s colonial architecture, whitewashed houses with red-tiled roofs, and impressive churches and museums. There are also cutting-edge shopping malls, offices, international businesses, and embassies. Youthful students and people from all over the world create an energetic and lively atmosphere.
To get a feeling of Quito's history, culture and tradition just explore the Old Town. This area is packed with churches, cathedrals, museums, and monuments of great interest. Its three main squares: Independencia, Santo Domingo, and San Francisco , any path you choose will take you to colonial and UNESCO heritage monuments and churches. On your way, you'll be able to stop by at some of Quito's most traditional and picturesque open markets, where a huge variety of spices, crafts, and souvenirs are sold. El Panecillo is a hill located in the middle of the city, and from its summit you'll get a whole view of the city.
Plaza Grande or "de la Independencia": Located in the heart of the historic center, and although it wasn't the first town square, it has been the center of Quito activities and meetings since the sixteenth century, therefore it protects secrets and legends of the city , traditions, conventions and treaties hidden being a witness of the history.
Cable Car: The best way to appreciate Quito from above. The tour begins at 2,950 meters of altitude above sea level and goes up to 4,053 meters. In places of departure and arrival of the cable car are mounted nice complex with craft shops, showrooms, cafes and restaurants. Another major attraction is Vulcan Park, fixed as first amusement park in Quito.
Historical Center: It extends over 320ha, being In this way the largest in America. This important area is home to priceless churches, chapels, monasteries and convents colonial plazas, museums and other interesting buildings. Take a walk through history in this beautiful city.
The City Museum: It is a center of cultural expression with an installation based on everyday memory. Works since 1998 in the oldest civil building in the city. It is one of the most dynamic cultural spaces in temporary exhibitions, arts and academic programming.
Mercados artesanales: A ride for Ecuador has to include the famous handicraft markets. Only in Quito you can visit on Saturday and Sunday the park of El Ejido, which displays the most delicate and prized indigenous crafts. And a few blocks there is the Craft Market in La Mariscal, which is a huge selection of all kinds of arts, especially textiles.
The Botanical Garden: is located inside Parque La Carolina, in the north of the city. It is a colorful paradise, surrounded by the cold of the moor and forest floor of tropical exuberance. Its goals are the cultivation, inventory, display and dissemination of key plant species native to Ecuador.