HISTORIC CENTER

HISTORIC CENTER

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Open 24 hours. However, we recommend planning your visit taking into account the hours of attention of the attractions in this sector.

It is located in the south center of the city

The largest Historic Center in the Americas, tucked deep within a valley protected by giant Andean volcanoes at 2,800m (around 10,000 feet) above sea level. Quito’s spectacular old town extends over 790 acres and is home to 40 heritage churches and chapels, 16 convents and monasteries with their respective cloisters, 17 plazas, 12 chapter rooms and refectories, many museums and countless courtyards.

The city’s diverse cultures have generated a treasure trove of artistic, cultural and historic wealth, safe-guarded down the centuries to the present. This, combined with the fact that many of the city’s historic buildings, some which date back over 4 centuries, is the prime reasons why UNESCO declared Quito the first World Heritage Site in 1978.

Quito’s authorities celebrated the 20th anniversary of its World Heritage nomination by transforming the Old Town, reclaiming its elegant public spaces, its grandeur and its legacy. New museums highlighting the many fascinating aspects of Quito’s cultural legacy were inaugurated, mansions were restored, restaurants, hotels and cafés launched, safety improved, traffic regulated. The capital’s heart beats with renewed vigor, cultural life and pride, as citizens and visitors alike enjoy its unique attractions. As it approaches its 40th anniversary, this wonderful restoration process continues to shine.

We invite you to read our proposed walking routes and browse the site for specific information on many of Quito’s prime tourism attractions.

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