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Quito Travel Guide


Surrounded by mountains and volcanoes Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, is located high in the Andes at 2850 metres and just 16 miles from the equator. The old town is one of the best preserved historic centres in the whole of Latin America and in 1978 it was recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The grand colonial monuments, cobblestone plazas, quaint churches and austere convents create a sense of timelessness as the colourful locals and honking traffic negotiate the narrow streets. Meet local artisans, hat makers and don’t miss a trip to the equator!

Quito's old town with it's plazas and grand colonial architecture is up there with the prettiest in Latin America!

Best months to visit Quito

Quito can be visited at any time of year. As it is so close to the equator there is only really a dry season and a slightly wetter season. June until September is the driest time of year with the rest of the year slightly rainier. Temperatures remain roughly the same all year round, but due to Quito’s altitude it can get chilly at night.

Our hand-picked hotels in Quito

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Quito.

Best reasons to visit Quito

Quito’s old town is a great place to wander and there are many other interesting activities available too. Below are our top picks and best reasons to visit.

Stand on the equator at the middle of the world monument

Take in the impressive Plaza Grande

Explore the narrow streets of the old town

Visit a local artist's workshop or a traditional boot makers

Colonial buildings and a mountain backdrop at Plaza San Francisco

Weather Averages for Quito

Other destinations in Ecuador

Journey down the Avenue of Volcanoes, visit the Cloud Forest or stay with an indigenous tribe in the Amazon. Click the links below to continue exploring Ecuador with our essential guides.

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