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Top Places to See in Quito

Born from the ruins of an Incan city, Ecuador's capital offers both the comforts of a modern cityscape and cultural treasures of a World Heritage site. Surrounded by volcanic peaks, Quito is abundant in breathtaking natural beauty and perfect for adventurers.

Church of the Society of Jesus

This astouding baroque masterpiece is often claimed as Ecuador's most beautiful church. The ornate interior is guaranteed to dazzle. Admission is $4 with a guided tour.

Church and Convent of St. Francis

Built shortly after Quito was founded in 1534, this is one of the city's oldest churches. It's an impressive spectacle with stunning colonial design and a rich cultural history.

La Capilla del Hombre

Overlooking Quito is this fascinating museum and gallery of Guayasamín's life work. The building itself is one of the painter's greatest works of art and is best explored by tour.

El Panecillo

This impressive statue of the Virigin Mary sits atop the hill of Panecillo. Whether you climb by foot or take a taxi, you're guaranteed breathtaking views of Quito's best sights.

Pichincha Volcano

Take a ride on Quito Teleferico - one of the world's highest aerial lifts - to see stunning views from Pichincha's base. Try and wait for a clear morning to get the full effect.

Cotopaxi National Park

A beautiful natural treasure, this expansive reserve is one of Ecuador's most popular attractions. For a day trip, it's best to drive and then explore on foot. Admission is $10.

Cathedral of Quito

Found in the Independence Plaza, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a beautiful blend of architectural designs. Inside, view its stunning colonial art collection unrivalled in Quito.

Parque La Carolina

A wonderful family park packed full of things to do. Rent a kite or paddleboat in the sunshine. Or visit the park's botanic gardens and vivarium for a great display of wildlife.

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Journey to the "City at the Middle of the World" to see this stunning monument marking the equator line. It's a picture-perfect sight and also home to an Ecuadorian history museum.

Planning Your Quito Visit

When's the best time to visit Quito?

Falling on the equator, Quito has wet and dry seasons rather than clear-cut summer and winter months. If you want a sunny visit, then June to August is best. Its busiest periods are mid-June to September and late December to early January, so book well in advance if you're planning your trip for those periods.

How many days should you stay?

There's a wealth of must-see sights, beautiful beaches and stunning natural surroundings in Quito, with plenty to do if you venture outside of the city, too. Most recommend at least three full days to see Quito's treasures, but a more well-rounded trip would benefit from a week.

Where's the best place to stay?

The most popular spot to stay is near the Mariscal. Here there are plenty of guesthouses, hostels, bars and eateries to suit any budget. However, for a taste of traditional Quito, head for the old town, home to most of the city's most treasured, ancient sites.

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    Given Quito is so near the equator, year round temperatures are generally pleasant and warm. There is, however, a rainy season which lasts from December through March. Best plan your trip for June, July, or August.

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What People Are Saying About Quito

great, affordable trip with knowledgeable tour guide

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The tour around at the equator was equally enjoyable and well worth the extra $4. The trolley dropped us at the hotel we were staying at instead of making us walk from the Holiday Inn which was supper awesome too.

Equatorial Monument: 3-Hour Tour from Quito Reviewed by elizabeth, 05/23/2016

Wonderful tour with knowledgable guides.

Would definitely recommend this tour. Well organised and enjoyable. Tour guides were delightful.

Equatorial Monument: 3-Hour Tour from Quito Reviewed by Alice, 12/20/2015

A very enjoyable and well operated experience.

I had a wonderful 2 days in Quito and then 5 days on the Galapagos Islands. The accommodation was excellent bot in Quito and on Santa Cruz. The tour guide was excellent, very informative and knowledgeable. All guides spoke excellent English

Quito and Galapagos Tour Reviewed by Cheryle, 09/02/2015

Ecuador: One of the Best Kept South American Secrets

I have done several tours in my lifetime and this one ranked among the top three. I have done other tours with Gray Line before, but I think this was the best. Everything went well without a hitch; from the airport/hotel pickups to the actual tours. The guides (4 for the entire trip) were very pleasant and cordial, but my favorite was Illyrio. The hotels were great; Marriott in Quito, Hosteria Andaluza in Riobamba and Mansion Alcazar in Cuenca. The train ride took my breath away. We enjoyed shopping at the Otovalo marketplace and leather shops; we definitely got some great bargains. The Cathedrals in Quito and Cuenca are as beautiful as many of the Cathedrals that I have visited in Europe. All in all, a fantastic trip.

Discover Ecuador: Quito to Cuenca 8-Day Pichincha Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/22/2014

The Food Tour was great all of us in my party had a grand time!

The Food Tour was really good. We were taken to places that are secrets in Quito and really good. Our guide took us to a museum right by the bakery that had a "whole in the wall" secrets of Quite and all of the places on the tour were there! We liked our guide so well we hired him for another day trip to the Cloud Forest and it was great too.z The Food Tour was well worth the money and was an enjoyable time.

6-Hour Sweets & Culinary Experience Tour in Quito Reviewed by Sharon, 01/23/2013

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