Quito Recommended

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.

On clear days you may view snowcapped volcanoes such as Cotopaxi in the far distance adding to this truly unforgettable, impressionable ambiance of a large Ecuadorian city which combines both old and new, more modern sectors of the north which includes the international and national airport as well as the main embassies, businesses, banking services, restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, parks and tourist agencies.

The 'New Town' Mariscal is the fun touristy area where the nightlife and Spanish schools are located. You can spend yor nights going from English pubs to salsotecas and work on your Spanish during daytime.

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In the north Pichincha borders to Imbabura, south to Cotopaxi and Los Rios, west to Manabi and Esmeraldas and east to Napo and Sucumbios




Quito is located on 2850 meters.



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