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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Quito

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Quito has long been a city of two halves. Occupying a highland valley at 2,850m and flanked by volcanoes, the setting of its historic centre and adjoining modern quarters is breathtaking. The formerly dark and run-down colonial heart has been magnificently restored. Cobbled lanes and whitewashed façades, scrubbed up churches and renovated theatres now gleam and echo with the sounds of the everyday life of its traditional inhabitants. Beyond are the skyscrapers and broad avenues of the contemporary commercial city, La Mariscal, with flashy shops, offices and restaurants, where busy young workers flock to the many bars and nightclubs.

Our holidays to Quito

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breakfast onboard Silversea cruise

Culinary cruise along the Humboldt Current - 23 Oct 2017

Private journey

18 days from £5,771pp

Galapagos marine iguana

Signature Galapagos

Private journey

11 days from £5,058pp

Albatross

Picaflor: Ecuador on track

Group tour

10 days from £3,148pp

Cotopaxi

Walking in Ecuador and Galapagos

Private journey

12 days from £4,766pp

Things to do in Quito

Quito building

Walking tour of colonial Quito

Mountain biker

Mountain bike to Mindo cloud forest


Biker

Mountain bike down Cotopaxi volcano

Ride Ecuadors Rails

Ride Ecuador's rails from Quito to the coast

Our insider tips for Quito

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Drinking in the views over the city from the top of El Panecillo, the hill topped with a watchful statue of the Virgin Mary.
David

David Nichols

Gazing round the interior of the baroque church San Francisco, admiring its golden altar and intricately carved wooden choir stalls and ceiling.
Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Visiting the Mitad del Mundo, middle of the world, on the equator (approximately). It’s a bit corny but you can stand with one foot in either hemisphere, and have your photo taken.
Kathryn

Kathryn Glover

Strolling through the streets of the old town, popping into little shops and markets, happening across street musicians and peanut sellers.

What our experts say

If you are lucky enough to be in Quito on a Saturday, look out for the free cultural events that are organised in the city each weekend. On the other hand, if you're there mid-week, you may be able to catch the weekly multicultural dance showcase at the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, performed by the Ballet Folclórico Nacional Jacchigua each Wednesday.

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

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