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The second-highest capital city on Earth over 2,800m above sea level, Ecuador’s capital is a mixture of bustling markets and a proud historic heritage.

Dramatically located in the heart of the Andes, the bustling city of Quito is surrounded by a lush countryside of towering volcanoes and forest-clad mountains. The very first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, it’s home to one some of the best-preserved colonial quarters in South America. Once home to the mighty Inca civilization, today it stands proud as a fascinating mixture of European and indigenous culture.

things to do

  • On the bucket list of many hikers, the physical climb of Guagua Pichincha volcano would be an achievement to be proud of, reaching nearly 4,700m.
  • The stunning Basílica del Voto Nacional offers sprawling views of the city below, with the building itself modeled on the iconic Notre Dame of Paris.
  • The incredible Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila provides insight into the mysterious customs of pre-Columbian Ecuadorian life.
  • Located in the former home of the artist by the same name, Guayasamin Museum contains a wonderful selection of both modern and pre-Columbian art.
  • The Teleferico Quito cable car is not only an engaging way to spend a few hours, but a fantastic way to take in the spectacular scenery of this beautiful city.

best time to visit

May - September

This is the driest time of year with clear blue skies making a trip to the mountains and volcanoes that surround all the more enjoyable. The city’s high elevation means it doesn’t experience the high temperatures of other regions, with average daytime temperatures of about 18-19°C all year.

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