Nestled in a valley flanked by volcanoes and the snow-capped Andes, Quito isn’t shy about its scenery
There’s no quicker route to Quito’s heart that through its food, and if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be especially delighted with the culinary scene here. As you wander through the city’s backstreets, poke your head in to small, family-owned ice cream parlors and sweets shops selling caramel and rum-infused treats.
This modern capital was founded on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, and its colonial influences are apparent in the diverse architecture. For a hearty dose of the city’s cultural and scenic splendor, start in Old Town and make your way through Independence Plaza, home to Independence Monument, Archbishop's Palace and Government Palace. You’ll notice a fusion of European influences and indigenous roots as you walk down narrow streets past colonial buildings, churches and houses featuring Spanish and Moorish design and sun-dried brick or stucco exteriors.