QUITO
# OF SEASONS2 (WET AND DRY)
NICKNAMEFLORENCE OF THE AMERICAS
POPULATION1.6 MILLION
The capital city, Quito is known for its rich history—it was built upon the foundation of Incan ruins after all. The architecture here is certainly something to behold, while the area surrounding is definitely worth spending the day exploring.
From volcanoes and mountains, to nature preserves and even a cable car that scales the heights and gives you a bird’s eye view of the city, you can certainly have an amazing time when in Quito. The parks within the city proper are also great places to simply wander around as you soak in the local color and flavor.
  • PICHINCHA

    A volcano just outside the city, Pichincha is actually composed to two peaks, with the active caldera on the western side. The last known eruption was in 1999. Numerous travelers come here to hike, watch for indigenous wildlife and see firsthand what an active volcano looks like.

  • TELEFERIQO

    A must-do experience, TeleferiQo provides some really majestic views. The famed gondola (cable car) begins in Quito and takes travelers up the side of Pichincha. This is one of the highest cable cars on the planet.

  • CIUDAD MITAD DEL MUNDO

    The name means ‘middle of the world city,’ and with good reason. This stone monument marks the supposed spot of the equator. Constructed between 1979 and 1982, the monument was meant to honor the 18th century French Geodesic Mission to determine where the equator lay. Since the monument was constructed it was found to be off of where the actual line is—but people still flock to see it.

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