Things to Do in Quito

By Ernest White, December 2012

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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 city and keeps them coming back for more. At 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito’s high altitude means new arrivals should keep the urge to “do it all” in check before overexerting themselves, so a half-day Quito tour just might be the perfect low-key introduction to the city, or take a longer tour with a tasty Ecuadorian lunch.

Home to the largest Spanish colonial zone in Latin America, Old Town Quito forms the historic and incredibly picturesque heart of the Ecuadorian capital. Vast cobblestone squares such as Independence Plaza, with its Moorish-inspired architecture and important government buildings, and Santo Domingo Plaza, lorded over by the immense Santo Domingo Cathedral, punctuate the bustling neighborhood, full of locally-owned shops and eateries.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Ecuador and the Galapagos Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Photo courtesy of agustroesma via Flickr.

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