The Capital of Ecuador, Quito is the highest official capital city in the world. It is located about 25 Km from latitude zero.
It is one of the best preserved historic centers of the Americas and was one of the first UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site back in 1978.
It is a modern city that combines graciously its colonial charm with the advances of the era. There many tourist attractions in Quito. Here are a few:
View of Quito and the surrounding mountains
Old Town area
Here you find a well-planned Spanish Colonial city with its central plaza with the adjacent buildings of Palacio de Gobierno and the cathedral, the oldest one in South America.
Iglesia de San Francisco
Built in 1536, it is the first church built in South America and the oldest building in Quito. It is covered with gold-plated wood. The main altar features a statue of Bernardo de Legarda.
You may tour these colonial houses such as Casa de Benalcazar and the Casa de Sucre, a house where the Field Marshall Antonio Jose de Sucre, a Latin American independence war hero lived.
Mitad del Mundo Monument signaling the Equator near Quito
In English “Middle of the World” features a 30-meter-high
monument marking the point where the Equator passes through the country meaning
latitude zero. It also features a museum about the indigenous ethnography of
Market at Otavalo and Cotacachi
This is worth a visit when in Ecuador. Here you’ll find everything that ranges from home furnishing to handicraft; from clothing to meat and vegetables; fine leather goods and more.
Cotopaxi National Park
Located in the south of Quito this national park is home to 200 species of plants and many animals such as llamas, Andean fox, cougars, marsupial mice, deer and birds.
Statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the Capital of Ecuador
This Virgin of the Americas is an aluminum statue standing tall at the Mirador de Panecillo and is visible from most of the city. It was established in 1976 and its height is 41 meters.
This is the largest urban park in South America. It is a national park for walking, biking, running and for family reunions with picnic facilities.
Quito Zoo has surprises like this "Oso Andino"
It has the largest collection of native animals from different regions of Ecuador. It features jaguars, bears, wolves moor, monkeys, squirrels, pigs, puma and 21 species of birds including colorful macaws, parrots, eagles, toucans and many more.
You may want to get there for a great view of the Capital of Ecuador and the surrounding volcanoes. Even though you may walk up the stairs to the hills, visitors are recommended to use taxis.
This cable car is one of the attractions of Quito, taking visitors from the base of Volcano Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. The views of Quito and the surrounding mountains is overwhelming.
La Compañia de Jesus Church in Quito Ecuador
This impressive 16th century Jesuit Church is a masterpiece of Baroque and Quiteño Colonial Art. Its paintings on the ceiling have earned the nickname of “Quito’s Sistine Chapel.” The columns are said to be copies of those by Bernini in the Vatican.
The street Juan de Dios Morales is more commonly known as La Ronda and is the most romantic slice of colonial Quito. It features a mix of cafes and restaurants and artisans selling their souvenirs.
El Monasterio de San Francisco
This monastery honors Quito’s patron saint. It was built on the grounds of an Inca palace at the end of the 16th century. It is the largest structure of colonial Quito. It features and amazing Spanish Baroque interior.
Fully refurbished Teatro Bolivar in Quito Ecuador
Inaugurated in 1933, this art deco theater is the venue for the best operas, ballets, concerts and theater performances. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1999 but was since fully refurbished to its former glory.
It is the largest Gothic basilica in Latin America and took over one hundred years to be finished by the mid-20th century. It is about 115-meter-high and the visitor may climb for a breathtaking view of the city.
Set up by artist Oswaldo Guayasamín, it houses his own art collection, the artist’s gallery and a collection of his works considered a national treasure. Much of his work represents the struggles and sufferings of indigenous people.
Map of Ecuador showing the location of Quito its Capital
images for capital of ecuador
virgen by cayambe
mitad del mundo by BBB
zoo by patricio mena
compania de jesus by diego delso
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