Quito is the capital city of Ecuador. Located high in the Andes mountains (over 9,000 ft above sea level), it is one of the most breathtaking cities in the country. Quito is probably most known for the fact that it extends to about 1 km from the equator, making it one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ecuador. The City of Quito is one of only a few Ecuadorian cultural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
In addition to the historical attributes of the city, there are a number of other compelling reasons why to visit, including the gorgeous weather year-round, very affordable, modern amenities and friendly locals.
Quito is quite accessible. There are daily non-stop flights from various cities in the United States, South America and Central America. Once there, Quito offers a wide selection of tourist attractions, museums, cathedrals, exotic food and other forms of entertainment. According to TripAdvisor, the top 10 things to do in Quito are:
- Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
- La Capilla Del Hombre
- Quito Old Town
- Guayasamin Museum
- Casa del Alabado
- Intinan Museum
- Iglesia de San Francisco
- Teleferico Quito
- Plaza de la Independencia
Just as interesting is Quito's landscape. Quito is located high in the Andes mountains, which makes for a spectacular view.