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Set in an Andean valley with the verdant Pichincha volcano rising to the west, Quito is the capital of Ecuador.

From the scenic hill of El Panecillo, the Virgin of Quito spreads her silver wings and watches over the fine colonial buildings of the old town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its chaotic narrow streets, lined with colonial churches, monasteries and mansions, radiate outwards from attractive plazas.

Exploring on foot

El Palacio del Gobierno, Plaza Grande, Quito
Recently spruced up, this part of the city tempts the visitor with its abundance of history at every turn and a walking tour here is a must. The city’s newer area has less to entice the visitor but more to entertain them, as it is here that you will find the majority of the shops, cafes and restaurants.

From Quito you can travel an hour north by road to visit the geographic characteristic that gives the country its name, the equator. It is marked by a monument and museum, and offers the opportunity to stand with one foot in each hemisphere.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Quito

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Quito, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Quito

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Quito. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • La Casona de la Ronda, Quito

      La Casona de la Ronda

      Medium

      La Casona de la Ronda is a small boutique hotel bursting with character, located on Quito’s oldest street within walking distance to many sights in the historic center.

    • Casa Gangotena,Quito

      Casa Gangotena

      Deluxe

      A traditionally elegant luxury hotel with a prime location in Quito’s historic center.

    • Swissotel, Quito

      Swissotel

      First Class

      The luxurious Swissotel has 240 tastefully-appointed guest rooms and is located within easy reach of the Mariscal area of Quito and the airport.

    • Hotel Hilton Colon, Quito

      Hotel Hilton Colon

      First Class

      The Hilton Colon is one of Quito's hotel traditions, a fine hotel set at the end of the main Amazonas commercial street by the Parque El Ejido.

    • Standard Room, Hotel El Relicario Del Carmen, Quito

      Hotel El Relicario Del Carmen

      Medium

      Hotel El Relicario del Carmen is located in the heart of Colonial Quito. This hotel is deceptively very quiet (an uncommon trait with old town hotels) and provides a great base for exploring the historical center.

    • Patio Andaluz, Quito

      Patio Andaluz

      Medium

      This hotel is tastefully restored, extremely well located and provides a flavor of Quito's colonial past.

    • Superior Room, Hotel Vieja Cuba, Quito

      Hotel Vieja Cuba

      Simple

      Vieja Cuba is a large converted colonial house located in the heart of the vibrant Mariscal area of Quito.

    • Hotel Plaza Grande, Quito

      Plaza Grande

      First Class

      The Hotel Plaza Grande aims to become the jewel in the crown of Quito's luxury hotels and has been designed specifically for the most discerning guests.

    Ideas for experiencing Quito

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Quito, and which use the best local guides.

    • The Old Town of Quito.

      Quito City Tour

      Quito

      Visit downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

      Cotopaxi National Park

      Quito

      Travel south out of Quito to an area dubbed by the 19th century German explorer Von Humbolt as the "Avenue of the Volcanoes". Cotopaxi National Park is at the heart of this area and is deservedly Ecuador's most-visited mainland national park.