Quito

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

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 star rating: Recommended 22 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

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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

Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 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

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

Mariscal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

La Mariscal is the epicenter of Quito’s tourist scene, so much so the neighborhood has become known as ‘Gringolandia.’ What Mariscal lacks in tourist ...  Read more

Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Who could resist the opportunity to visit the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) and have your picture taken as you straddle the equator! This complex, ...  Read more

Mindo Rainforest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve is one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. Its damp environs create a very special ecosystem that ...  Read more

Otavalo Marketplace

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Nestled in a valley at the foot of a volcano, Otavalo is a highland community of indigenous locals famed for their weaving skills and colorful textiles. ...  Read more

Palace of the Archbishop

The Palace of the Archbishop (in Spanish, Palacio Arzobispal) in the heart of Old Town Quito stands in good company on Plaza Grande, sharing the plaza with ...  Read more

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