ECUADOR: QUITO

Quito’s UNESCO protected old town with it’s plazas, grand colonial architecture and beautiful churches is up there with the prettiest in all of Latin America!

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!

Best Time 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.

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Weather Averages in Quito

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Quito Highlights

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

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