Quito Attractions

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Avenue of the Volcanoes

South of Quito, two parallel mountain ranges run from north to south along a 124-mile (200-km) route where more than a dozen of Ecuador’s volcanoes are found. ...  Read more

Calle La Ronda

In downtown Quito, you’ll find the essence of the city along the emblematic street affectionately called Calle La Ronda. Visiting this pedestrian street at ...  Read more

Capilla del Hombre

The brainchild of Oswaldo Guayasamín, Ecuador’s most renowned contemporary artist, the Capilla del Hombre or ‘Chapel of Man’ is an art museum with a ...  Read more

Cayambe Volcano

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

The majestic snow-hatted peak of Cayambe Volcano serves as a dramatic backdrop to the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve and at a dizzying 5,790 meters, it’s ...  Read more

Church of the Society of Jesus (Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The Church of the Society of Jesus, (in Spanish, Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), often called la Compañía, is a Jesuit church in ...  Read more

Cotopaxi National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Cotopaxi National Park (also known as Cotopaxi Volcano National Park) lies 53 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Quito and is the second most visited (and ...  Read more

Cotopaxi Volcano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

The Cotopaxi volcano, one of South America’s most-famous volcanos, is perhaps the most important point along the Avenue of the Volcanos, located just 30 miles ...  Read more

El Altar Mountain

El Altar Mountain, called Kapak Urku (meaning “sublime mountain” in the indigenous language), is an extinct volcano on the western side of the Sangay National ...  Read more

El Panecillo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Squint south towards the old town from Quito center and you can’t miss El Panecillo, a hill that does indeed resemble a panecillo (bread roll), and the ...  Read more

El Sagrario

Technically, El Sagrario is the chapel that’s physically attached to Quito’s Old Town Cathedral. Thanks to its separate entrance, however, and ornate, stone ...  Read more

Guayasamin Museum

What do they look like, the faces of Ecuador? It is a question that Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of South America’s most important artists, has tried to answer. He ...  Read more

Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Plaza de la Independencia, known as Plaza Grande to the locals, was Quito’s main square in the 16th century, serving as central market and bullfighting ...  Read more

Intinan Museum

Who would’ve thought an invisible line would be so hard to find? As the very name of the country describes, the Earth’s Equator bisects Ecuador into the ...  Read more

La Basilica Church

The Basilica of the National Vow (in Spanish, La Basilica del Voto Nacional), often called La Basilica, is one of the most beautiful Roman Catholic churches ...  Read more

Limpiopungo Lagoon

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Like a mirror that reflects the beauty of the surrounding peaks, Limpiopungo Lagoon, tucked in a valley of the Cotopaxi National Park at over 12,400 feet ...  Read more

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