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.
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.