Quito is the capital of Ecuador, flanked by volcanic peaks and spread across a lush Andean valley, the Ecuadorian capital is one of the most enchanting cities in the world. A massive restoration project completed in 2006 brought the historic district back to life, restoring the colonial splendor that earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. The “new town” is just as intriguing, where trendy cafes sit near art galleries, glitzy high-rises and massive government complexes. A distinct Ecuadorian flair defines the atmosphere in both areas, enticing visitors to explore the narrow streets, awe-inspiring churches, colonial homes, museums and more.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Ecuador then the best time to visit is December / January to April / May, a rainy season and the dry season from late May / June to November is unpleasantly cool, muggy and overcast.
Top Places to Visit in Quito
1. Plaza San Francisco
At the heart of the Old Town is the Plaza San Francisco, a sweeping cobblestone square surrounded by whitewashed walls in the shadows of the Monastery of San Francisco, the oldest church in Ecuador. Completed in the late 16th century, the monastery is also the largest colonial structure in Quito. Filled with delightful design details, the church is a spectacular example of Moorish influences and baroque carving.
2. Parque la Alameda
Quito is a very green city, and the Parque la Alameda is one of the best places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center. There, a statue of Simon Bolivar stands near a pair of ornamental lakes often dotted with rowboats. Not far away is the Parque el Ejido, the city’s largest open green space. Locals often gather there for lively games of volleyball and soccer, and the park nearly overflows with activity on the weekends. Local artisans flaunt their talents at open-air shows, farmers sell fresh produce and musicians give free concerts.
3. Museo Guayasamín
Quito’s many museums give visitors better insight into Ecuador’s history, people and culture. One of the most remarkable museums is the Museo Guayasamín, dedicated to the famous painter. In addition to displaying the world’s most complete collection of his work, the museum also contains an outstanding array of pre-Colombian ceramic, bone and metal pieces excavated from around Ecuador.
Quito is filled with so many sights to explore, it is difficult to choose the best. Other interesting sights include the old town of El Panecillo, the grand and picturesque Palacio de Gobierno, the ornate Compañía de Jesús church, the modern and chic Avenida Amazonas, the Basilica del Voto Nacional, the fully-functioning Monastery of Santa Catalina and the Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutia and much more…