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  • 1. Colonial Quito

    Convento de Carmen Bajo was originally not founded in Quito, but in Latacunga in 1669. Almost 30 years later the convent was destroyed in an earthquake. What was left was later taken to Quito and the...

  • 2. Mitad del Mundo

    Although a only short distance from Quito, it is very arid here. Be sure to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. The admission price is higher than others have reported: $3. There is an ethnologic...

  • 3. El Panecillo

    It is impossible to miss the hill known as El Panecillo , topped by its statue of the Virgen de Quito who watches over and protects the city. Although not high in comparison with the volcanoes among...

  • 4. Museums

    The Museum and Monastery Santa Catalina is situated in the corner of Flores and Espejo in Centro Histórico. The monastery was founded already in 1592 and has since then been restored many times...

  • 5. Local Markets

    Mercado Central is a good place to come to if you want to eat a cheap meal. There are several eateries serving traditional Ecuadorian food and fresh fruit juices in the market building. And of course...

  • 6. Cathedral

    This is one of the largest but not most ornate churches in Quito. It is famous for the place where President Moreno died after being shot at the presidential...

  • 7. La Ronda

    This is a street in the historic center of Quito that has a lot of restaurants, clubs, and stores. It is a very pleasant and relaxing way to end a day here. The...

  • 8. Casa de la Cultura

    This is a cultural center with a collection of museums including museums of modern art, colonial art, and musical instruments. The biggest and most impressive...

  • 9. Otavalo Animal Market

    This is only open on Saturdays. It is right outside Otavalo so worthwhile if you're there on that day. Lots and lots of animals are for sale though I fear they...

  • 10. Otavalo Market

    This is a sidetrip from Quito (about two hours' on a scenic drive) and is definitely the biggest market of its kind that I have visited. It just goes on and on....

  • 11. La Basilica

    Huge edifice that is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas. Construction started more than 100 years ago but it remains unfinished. You can climb up...

  • 12. San Francisco Church and Convent

    A very large structure that has been called the "Escorial of the New World." Construction of it began not long after the founding of Quito in 1534. It also...

  • 13. Cementerio de San Diego

    Cementerio de San Diego is situated next to Convento de San Diego, and it is the oldest cemetery in Quito. It opened up in 1872 and here you can find the tombs...

  • 14. Parque Itchimbia

    Parque Itchimbia is situated on a hill east of Centro Histórico. You can come here to enjoy the great views over Quito, or to visit the Cultural Centre,...

  • 15. Centro Cultural Itchimbia

    Centro Cultural Itchimbia is situated in a large building made of glass and metal in Parque Itchimbia. The building is the old Santa Clara market-building,...

  • 16. Parque El Arbolito

    Parque El Arbolito is a neighbour of Parque El Ejido, just across Avenida 6 de Diciembre. There are not as many people in Parque de Arblito as there are in...

  • 17. Iglesia de Santa Teresita

    Iglesia de Santa Teresita is situated in the Mariscal district of Quito. The church has two tall towers and is built in a neo-gothic style. The church was...

  • 18. Basilica del Voto Nacional

    When we stood on El Panecillo, looking north, Marcello pointed out to us the Basilica del Voto Nacional, unusual in being of neo-Gothic design in predominantly...

  • 19. El TelefériQo

    This was one of the things I was most keen to do while in Quito. I love the experience of travelling in cable cars, chair lifts etc. and I love to get up high...

  • 20. Capilla del Hombre

    The Fundacion Guayasamin currently operate two “museums” (for want of a better word) dedicated to the work of the great Ecuadorean artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín....

  • 21. Parque La Carolina

    In the new part of Quito, north of Mariscal, is the huge Parque La Carolina, almost 2km long. Here you can walk along one of the many footpaths or cycle along...

  • 22. Great view from the towers

    Because La Basilica del Voto Nacional stands on a hill and has towers that are 115m tall the view in all directions over Quito are stunning from the top. Of...

  • 23. La Basílica del Voto Nacional

    Construction of La Basílica del Voto Nacional begun in 1892 and it continued to be built during several decades. Even now it is considered to be unfinished....

  • 24. El TelefériQo

    A nice thing to do while in Quito is to take the TelefériQo (cable car) up on the slopes of Pichincha. The telefériqo goes up to Cruz Loma at an altitude of...

  • 25. Study Spanish

    I have been studying Spanish in Quito on a program that combines Spanish classes with visiting places of interest around the city in the afternoons with a...

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