Quito (originally known as San Francisco de Quito) is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities in the world to explore – a mix of traditions alongside a bustling modern cosmopolitan scene and the highest capital city in the world. The historic center is extremely well-preserved and filled with Spanish Baroque architecture, in particular the famous Church of San Agustin. There are many places of interest to visit, including the Church of La Compania de Jesus, the Basilica del Voto Nacional and the Museo Nacional del Banco Central.
Most visitors to the city undoubtedly spend most of their time in Old City. Calle La Ronda is located here and is a cobbled street featuring colorful shops, interesting galleries and quaint cafes. It is particularly fun to visit on weekends when you can come across exciting cultural events and activities. El Panecillo is the name of the large hill adjacent to the Old Town which is home to the large statue of the winged Virgin Mary. She can be viewed from most parts of Quito and is worth a visit to the top.
Mitad del Mundo, or the Middle of the World, was originally thought to sit on the equator line. It is definitely worth a visit, as is the neighboring Intinan Museum. In truth, thanks to modern GPS technology, the actual equator has been calculated to be 240 meters away. But that should not distract you in the least from enjoying your visit.
This city is renowned to experience all four seasons in one day, so do pack wisely. Whatever the weather, we are sure you will enjoy your stay in Quito.