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Ecuador’s high altitude capital

Quito

At 2,850 metres, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world. The natural landscape lends an easy beauty, but the UNESCO-designated historic city centre is not to be missed. At 2,850 metres, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world. The natural landscape lends an easy beauty, but the UNESCO-designated historic city centre is not to be missed.
Why Quito?
Quito’s Old Town is said to be the best-preserved historic centre in the Americas. Experts believe humans have lived here for 8,000 years, though the Quito of today largely dates back to 1541 when the Spanish arrived. Quito’s centre was the very first World Heritage Site (alongside Krakow, Poland) as it is largely unchanged from when it was first built. There’s much to see here including the Carondelet Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral – it’s an obvious starting point for a city tour.

Don’t miss views over Quito from the peak of El Panecillo, and be sure to take a walk through Metropolitano, the largest urban park in South America. For exciting nightlife and dining, check out Quito's La Mariscal district.
  • One of two original UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The second-highest capital city.
  • Incredibly well-preserved city centre.
  • Vibrant green spaces.
  • Great viewpoint on El Panecillo.
  • Lively nightlife and restaurant scene.
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