10 reasons to visit Quito

There is no other city in America like Quito. Crossed by the Equator, it lies in both the country´s Centre and the planet itself! Gateway to four extraordinary regions: Andes, Amazon, Galapagos and Coast.

This capital is 2,850 meters above sea level, which makes it unique. It´s a place where you can experience being in the Northern and Southern hemisphere at the same time or jump from one side to the other.

A visit to Quito means to experience or understand what being at “The Centre of the World” really means. See the line that divides the planet into both hemispheres, North and South. Feel the gravity and amaze yourself with the way water behaves depending on which hemisphere you’re in, playing with the laws of physics.

What’s more, Quito offers the opportunity to enjoy its volcanoes and mountains. Just few cities around the world have this harmony, this combination of urban and natural environments.

Quito is a metropolis made up of valleys, mountains and volcanoes. These characteristics allow you to enjoy spectacular views, diverse micro-climates, sun, snow and rain. Unique landscapes viewed from natural lookouts.

You can reach Pichincha Volcano´s summit via cable car; a fun and astounding trip to a height of over 4,000 meters.

This altitude allows you to enjoy the city in a different way. Gaze at its magnificence, which blends in with nature, its urban parks, its mountains and the clouds. At sunset, Quito sparkles with lights. It shows you another face, other sounds, other landscapes.

A visit to Quito starts in Downtown, which is the largest and best preserved in Latin America. This is why it was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1978.

It is a historic, architectural and, above all, cultural jewel. A meeting place between civilizations.

This area has more than 130 monumental buildings and 5,000 structures considered heritage properties.

The Historic Centre is the incredible mix of religious sites: monasteries, convents, churches; with public squares and other civil, administrative and political buildings. It is a space where everything converges.

Quito has other traditional neighborhoods, places for walking, living, and sharing: La Ronda, La Mariscal, La Foresta, Guápulo and San Marcos, where you will find many cultural offerings: museums, churches, galleries, typical food and charming hotels.

Many places to discover, many flavors to taste.

Here is where you can find all kinds of handcrafts, as well as clothing and hats. Quito’s unique designs, colours and shapes.

Quito’s historical and cultural richness is also a product of the impetus given to it by its inhabitants to the religious Arts developed in the Quito School. Sculptors, such as, Bernardo de Legarda and Manuel Chili “Caspicara”, and painter Miguel de Santiago emerged from it. Artists who created extraordinary pieces and a vision of the colonial world.

They and many others gave its popularity to Quito,

made it the cultural and artistic centre of America.

Today, you can live this experience through “Manos en La Ronda”. Get to know about trades that gave luster to the city such as gold-smithing, tailoring, the master hatters, caisson crafters, wax workers and toy makers. Few cities in the world preserved traditions of Arts and Crafts as Quito.

Quito is also enjoyed through its food. The combination of flavors and textures allow you to dive into its rich gastronomical heritage.

Today, restaurants, the San Francisco and Central Markets offers you traditional local food: locro (a thick hearty stew), seco de chivo (marinated goat meat), fritada (fried pork) and empanadas (baked pastries); fresh fruit waters, some very exotic for the adventurous.

Altitude coffee, cacao and chocolates, honey sweets. Quito’s authentic cuisine.

If you are a beer lover, we suggest that you visit Quito’s San Francisco Convent, which is the site of America’s oldest brewery. This metropolis has a rich beer tradition. Feel free to tour the different restaurants that offer a variety of craft beers.

You will also find a wide variety of international cuisine.

Halfway through 2018, UNESCO declared the Chocó Andino of Pichincha as a new Biosphere Reserve, the seventh in Ecuador. This encourages care for and conservation of biodiversity and harmonize human activity. It is an ideal venue for Eco-Tourism. The Chocó Andino covers more than 280,000 hectares; 83% of this megadiversity is found in the Quito Metropolitan District

This provides a setting for admiring the rainforest sanctuary that encompasses the habitat of the renowned Spectacled Bear. There is also “The Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve National Park”, which boasts the only inhabited volcano on the American continent.

It is the natural habitat of hundreds of birds and amphibians, as well as dozens of mammals and reptiles.

Among this extraordinary biodiversity, the city boasts an emblematic animal: the Spectacled Bear.

There are eight species of bear in the world, Quito has one of them. The Spectacled Bear is unique in South America, it is considered an emblem of the Cloud Forests Region, as well as a guardian

and protector of the Andean ecosystem, extraordinarily rich in flora and fauna. The type and colours of its pelt make it very attractive.

If you’re a nature lover, then you have to venture up into the mountains and volcanoes of Quito to see the home of the Spectacled Bear for yourself.

Green spaces for walking, running and enjoying the balance that exists here between the city and nature. Experience hiking, mountain biking and camping, bird watching and see other animals in their natural environment.

Quito is an example of the efforts to balance human presence, urban development and biodiversity. A touristic destination to enjoy.

Quito’s richness also translates into its architecture, urban development and meeting places to do business.

The city is the best touristic destination for congresses, conventions, fairs and expos in South America.

It has excellent connectivity by air from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, with infrastructure, products and services, for all types of meetings.

One example is the Metropolitan District Convention Centre of Quito

that has been awarded with the international certification of accessibility and universal design, unique in the region.

It is the ideal metropolis for organizing a meeting, doing business and enjoying the destination.

Quito’s historical buildings, such as the Contemporary Art Centre and the Eugenio Espejo Convention Centre, blend into the city’s modern side and provide a focus for important national and international events and exhibitions.

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