Quito

Things to Do & Attractions in Quito

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Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 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

Cotopaxi National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 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

Otavalo Marketplace

4 star rating: Recommended 76 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

El Panecillo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 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

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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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

Termas de Papallacta Spa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Just a 40-mile (67-km) ride from Quito through the Amazon jungle lies the 625 acres (253 hectares) of the privately owned Termas de Papallacta Spa.  This ...  Read more

Capilla del Hombre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

Intinan Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

Teleferico Quito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Ringed by mountains, Quito has no shortage of viewpoints, but the ultimate view of the Ecuadorian capital has to be from the peak of the Pichincha Volcano, ...  Read more

Quito Old Town

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

Quito’s unmissable historic center, or Old Town, extends over 320 hectares (790 acres) and is the largest historic center in the Americas. Made a UNESCO ...  Read more

Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 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

Santo Domingo Plaza (Plaza de Santa Domingo)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Santa Domingo Plaza graces the southern edge of Quito’s Old Town and is easily missed by visitors. It’s an airy plaza, dominated by the imposing Santo ...  Read more

Mindo Rainforest

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 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

City Museum of Quito (Museo de la Ciudad)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Housed in the former San Juan de Dias Hospital (a stunning sixteenth century building and UNESCO World Heritage site), the City Museum of Quito (Museo de la ...  Read more

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