City Guide Quito, Ecuador

Visiting Quito

Quito, capital of Ecuador has much to offer visitors. The city is located close to the Andes at an altitude of 2850 metres, and is also at the foot of an active volcano. Just 13 kilometres south of the equator, it also enjoys a spring-like climate all year round due to its altitude.

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Quito City Reviews

  • 40%


    Quito - Why?

    If you like churches then you may like Quito. However, it is mostly urban sprawl and I wouldn't recommend staying more than two nights (two full days is more than enough). It was the first World Heritage listed city but honestly, it isn't THAT nice. There are better places to go in Latin America, or if transiting through, minimize time here.

    Insider Tip:Avoid La Mariscal, its dangerous, touristy, tacky and expensive, stay in Old Town which is closer to the historic sites and La Ronda which is where the locals spend their nights eating and drinking.

  • 70%



    What an amazing city! Not only so cheap, but so much to do. The historic centre is full of life and the even though I am not a church person, you could not miss these! Beautiful, and the people inhabiting Quito were so friendly and helpful.

  • 80%


    nice city with enough to do

    Had plenty to do in the day, teleferico, basilica and San Francisco to see just for starters. Lots to do around outside Quito too

  • 80%



    Good city, wouldn't bother with La Mariscal unless you want to get drunk, there are better and cheaper places to eat/stay nearer the Centro Historico.

    Insider Tip:Actual museum of Mitad del Mundo is a waste of time and land (unless you have a specific interest in French colonial cartographic expeditions) though the Inti Museum (150m north (to the right of mitad del mudo complex when facing the entrance) of the complex) is worth a visit. Bandido Brewery is awesome, just behind Mercado central.

  • 90%


    Quito ~ A Hidden Gem

    Quito was amazing in every aspect. Although you would probably be able to see all the local sights in about 3 - 4 days, the trip there is definitely worth it. The people are friendly, the city is beautiful and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous! I recommend a stop in Quito to anyone interested in going to South America.

    Insider Tip:Walking around the city is great! Just make sure you are used to the altitude first! Quito is located at about 9,300 ft above sea level. Drink tons of water while you are there to avoid altitude sickness.

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