Quito Travel Tips
When it comes to setting, Quito has it made. Tucked amid a high Andean valley, Quito is flanked by majestic mountains, and on a clear day, several snowcapped volcanoes are visible in the distance. Despite the fact that it’s only 22km south of the equator, Quito’s elevation gives it a wonderful springlike climate year-round.
Strictly controlled development has kept it wonderfully preserved, and its bustling street life is an exciting contradiction of tradition and chaotic modernity jammed together in one of South America’s most spectacular colonial centers.
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Nestled in a valley flanked by volcanoes and the snow-capped Andes, Quito isn’t shy about its scenery. In fact, it’s world-renowned for its beautiful location, climate and culture, thanks to its ...
The Inca originated in neighboring Peru, invading Ecuador in 1460, constructing massively fortified cities and introducing Quechua, the language still spoken today by indigenous Ecuadorians. The ...
I’ve been living in Ecuador now for six months, and since well before I got here I’d been hearing great things about the Quilotoa Loop in Cotopaxi Province. My boyfriend came to visit so this past ...
Carnaval in Ecuador…what to do, what to do?! Wild parties at the beaches, fiestas in the mountains…or THE JUNGLE! Yes. Fair warning from the get go: if you are in Ecuador over Carnaval weekend, you ...
Written by Anne D, USA, October 2011
Best Market in South America: Otavalo. You’re thinking to yourself, “wow, that is a bold statement.” To be honest, I generally try and stay away from big statements, but in this case, I believe it, ...
Written by Ernest White, December 2012
Cradled high in the Andes, in the shadow of sleeping volcano Pichincha, Quito combines historic charm and Andean culture with a unique, urbane aesthetic that enchants visitors to Ecuador’s capital ...
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