Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is located very close to the earth’s Equator Line. The city boasts an impressive historic Colonial downtown with over 300 blocks of Colonial mansions, churches and plazas; it was declared the first World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978 because of its architectural treasures like the impressive Monastery of San Francisco, the gilded La Compañía Church, Santo Domingo, and the neo-gothic Basilica del Voto Nacional.
The Equatorial Monument, 25 Km. (16 miles) North of Quito, marks the Middle of the World, at latitude 0º, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. Visit the interesting Ethnographic Museum inside the monument.
Quito has a strategic location within the country, in less than 2 hours of travel by road you can reach: towards the North, the Otavalo Handcrafts Market, considered the most famous Indian fair in Latin America. Going to the South along the Pan-American Highway, you will reach the Avenue of the Volcanoes, where you can find Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, surrounded by the Cotopaxi National Park.
Those looking for adventure should travel eastward, to Mindo Cloud Forest, an ideal place for nature lovers, to practice adventure sports and fabulous bird watching.
A 30-minute flight from Quito takes you to the Amazon Rain Forest (to the East) or to The Pacific Coast (to the West), and it takes only a 1½ hour flight to get to the wonderful Galapagos Islands.
Quito offers a unique combination between its cultural heritage and modern facilities, with many alternatives for an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Do not wait any longer and come visit us!