Set 9,350ft above sea level, Quito is the capital closest to the sun and the only one where you can stand with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and another in the Southern Hemisphere. The city is a gateway to Ecuador and is handily located for reaching the Pacific Coast, the Andes, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands.

Quito has one of the largest and best preserved colonial Historic Centre in the Americas boasting wonderfully preserved colonial architecture and restored buildings now boutique hotels, restaurants and shops, a lively place where the daily life of its welcoming inhabitants, merchants, religious devotees, tourists, public officials and many more converge.

Quito is considered a leading destination of South America, thanks to its constant change of landscape, that breeds diversity in everything from richness gastronomy, to culture, birds to orchids and climate to heritage, its privileged geographical location in the middle of the world, gives Quito a riot of virtues that are evident in its spring-like climate, all year round.

In Quito you can enjoy a wide variety of activities in different natural environments: horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking, canopy, rappel, rafting, ... the list is endless to mention all of them.

Quito Turismo invites you to get to know the 10 reasons why you should visit Quito and promote this amazing and unique destination.

10 reasons why you should visit Quito

1. Quito: The Middle of the World

Its privileged geographical position and being run through the line of the Equator, placing us at the center of the country, makes the city of Quito the entrance to the ‘four worlds’: coast, mountains, east and island region.

We are the closest capital to the sun at 2.850 meters above sea level and the only place where you can go from the Northern Hemisphere to the Global South in one step.

2. Historic center: a historical and architectural treasure

In September 1978 Quito was declared the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO thanks to its natural, geographical, architectural, cultural and aesthetic wealth. Our historic center is considered as the largest and best preserved colonial quarter in Latin America with around 130 monumental buildings and 5,000 properties registered in the municipal inventory of patrimonial goods.

3. The gastronomy of Quito

On your path through the capital you must taste its exquisite local cuisine, which offers an incredible range of flavors and textures that will delight even the most demanding palates.

San Francisco Market or Central Market, both offering a wide variety of typical local dishes.These, accompanied by exotic drinks based on fresh fruit, will seduce the most demanding visitors.

Don’t forget to sense the unmistakable smell of coffee and to taste the sweet blend of chocolate and candy done with honey that will sweeten your stay in the city.

4. The city set deep in the Andes

Raised among valleys and mountains, Quito allows you to enjoy from the top of several snow-covered volcanoes an incomparable landscape. Reach the summit of the Guagua Pichincha volcano through the cable car that gives you the opportunity to gaze at the city from this amazing natural viewpoint. Enjoy this walk near the sky at 4,053 meters above sea level.

5. Traditions and labor Experiences

Quito is one of the cities that most fostered the religious arts. Today, through the project “Manos en La Ronda” (Hands in La Ronda) we can get to know some of Quito’s ancient crafts, such as goldsmiths, wax sculptures, “cajonera” (those who traded with herbal remedies), hatters and tailors, guarding and preserving this ancestral knowledge through workshops and exhibitions along Ronda Street.

6. Traditional neighborhoods

The attractive geography of Quito shelters traditional neighborhoods that due to its history and location assures tours and visits to iconic places that will fascinate you. La Ronda, La Mariscal, La Floresta, Guápulo and San Marcos offers its visitors a complete cultural Experience through museums, churches, galleries and outdoor shows, which are complemented with an enthralling accommodation and gastronomic offer.

7. Quito, a destination for meetings and events

The architectural, economic and urban development has put Quito at the top of the tourism sector, being considered as a leading destination for congresses and meetings in South America, Including international events at the impressive Metropolitan Convention Center of Quito.

8. Andean-Choco

Declared by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, the Andean-Choco is the ideal place to enjoy a harmonious relationship between development and wildlife conservation. Its more than 280,000 hectares are home to a unique flora and fauna.

9. Spectacled bear

Meet the emblematic and most charismatic species of the city. The spectacled bear is the protector of an ecosystem rich in fauna and flora. This short-faced bear, that shows a docile temperament, is one of the most attractive species of its habitat.

10. An outdoor adventure

The Northwest part of Quito is the ideal place for nature lovers, where you can get away from it all and experience complete peace within waterfalls, rivers, flora and fauna.

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