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Quito, the capital of Ecuador was founded in 16th century on the ruins of Inca city. Stands at an altitude of 2,850 meters above the sea level, spread across Andean Valley and flanked by volcanic peaks, it is one of the breathtaking cities of South America. Recently renovated, the historic center of city is a beautiful amalgamation of old Spanish mansions and decorated cathedrals make it even more spectacular and an interesting destination to visit. The people are diverse, warm, friendly and laid-back where you never ever have a dull moment. It is also a home to an exciting culinary scene with number of trendy new restaurants with gourmet cuisines available to cater even the pickiest palate.

Why Go

Quito is currently flush with pride after its massive restoration project and is now decked with beautiful buildings and churches with historic theatres. It is now become pretty safe to explore once again. The Casa de La Musica which was inaugurated in 2006 has become its premier performing art center and hosts regular musical performances and events. It is a perfect place to begin or end your adventure to the Galapagos. Enjoy a visit to Plaza Grande which is its central square surrounded by administrative buildings , museums, tourist offices and one of the oldest cathedrals in South America. Dividing the old and new city is El Ejido Park. On weekends the park is crowded with guests shopping for art, jewellery and crafts. Rent a bike a ride down the street leading to this beautiful park.

Best Time to Visit

Ideal time to visit Quito is during winters, in the months of June, July and August. The weather is pleasantly sunny with little wind or rain with average temperatures. Year-round temperatures of city averaging about 15 degrees, so no time during the year is in fact an unpleasant time to visit it. But rainy season during summer months from December through March must be avoided as it spoils the fun of outdoor activities.

Major Tourist Attractions

Quito is a gorgeous cosmopolitan city with lots to do and see. The capital is a mix of colonial charm and modern ambience making it an interesting place to visit. It boasts some popular attractions which are scattered in its several areas and makes it an engaging place to explore. Most of its travellers concentrate on Old Town which was built according to Spanish Plan with Central Plaza at its heart for community activities. Only 20 minutes walk from the old town, its new town is a different world altogether, a mixture of multi story hotels, high-rise buildings and government complexes. Don’t miss Iglesia de San Francisco which is the oldest colonial building is a home to collection of paintings, art and furniture. Visit to Otavalo and Cotacachi town market which is more than a shopping trip where you can find everything from home furnishings to food to clothing.

Festivals and Events

Ecuador is a Roman Catholic country and most of its festivals are oriented to liturgical calendar and are celebrated with a combination of pageantry and elements of traditional fiesta. Some major festivals and events celebrated over here include Easter Week, International Sacred Music Festival, Fiestas de Quito, Dia del Muertes, Independence Day, Dia de Quito etc.