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Quito Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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    1. Destinations
    2. South America
    3. Ecuador
    4. Quito

    Travel to Quito on Vacation

    Quito is one of the highest capital cities in the world, a city located on the hills of the Pichincha volcano. Down below the snowcapped mountains is the city’s Centro Histórico, a place where Spanish colonial history fuses with modern day Ecuadorian culture, creating one of the best-preserved Old Towns in Latin America. When you travel to Quito, you’ll find a burgeoning restaurant scene, historic catholic churches, and spectacular art galleries.San Francisco Plaza

    1. Quito San Francisco Convent

      1. San Francisco Plaza

    2. El Sagrario Church, Quito

      2. Church of the Society of Jesus

    3. Quito San Francisco Convent

      3. Church and Monastery of St. Francis

    4. The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced in the Ecuadorian capital Quito.

      4. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

    5. Der Platz der Unabhängigkeit in Quito

      5. Independence Square

    6. Quito TeleferiQo

      6. TelefériQo

    7. Quito Mitad del Mundo

      6. Monument to the Equator

    Things to Do in Quito

    1. San Francisco Plaza

    Start off your Quito vacation with a visit to this colonial plaza. It’s the perfect mélange between Spanish colonial architecture and Ecuadorian flare, not to mention one of the most beautiful colonial plazas in the world. Walk through the center of the plaza and appreciate the St. Francis Monastery in all its glory, preferably on a sunny afternoon.

    2. Church of the Society of Jesus

    As far as Jesuit churches are concerned, this temple’s volcanic stone facade has made the Church of Society of Jesus one of the most unique in South America. The church was completed in 1965 and took 160 years to build. Today, it houses one of the most ethereal naves in the world, decorated with wood carvings and golden outlines.

    3. Church and Monastery of St. Francis

    No Quito vacation is complete without ticking off this 16th church and monastery. St. Francis is one of the biggest churches in South America, and its magisterial construction shines. The temple also houses the Virgin of Quito, created in 1734 by Bernardo de Legarda. Walk inside and experience the magic that is gazing at the shimmering interior.

    4. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

    Incan and Moorish influences adorn the Basilica de la Merced. This spectacular building has an elegant cloister with white columns, a library, and magnificent paintings. Venerated by the locals as it protects the city from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the church is dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary, and has become a staple in Quito.

    5. Independence Square

    When you travel to Quito, be sure to travel back in time to this historic square where Ecuador gained independence in 1822. Today, quaint but stately colonial buildings give way to some of the country’s most important political institutions, including the Presidential Palace, the Municipality of Quito, the Municipality of Quito, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito. The latter’s side entrance—mostly unknown to hordes of tourists—is a wonder to behold.

    6. TelefériQo

    Quito's cable car TelifériQo is the highest in Latin America, ending at a stunning viewing platform called Cruz Loma—the foot of the Pichincha volcano. At the foot of the cable car, there is an amusement park, though the real treat is the picturesque view of the city and the peaks of the Andes at the top.

    6. Monument to the Equator

    In a small town eight miles outside Quito, you’ll find the legendary Mitad del Mundo landmark, the exact location where the equator cuts through Ecuadorian lands. Standing close to 100 feet high, the monument itself is magisterial, though the middle of the park also has its charm, designed like a Spanish colonial village and filled with exhibitions, restaurants and souvenir shops. Less

    Visit Quito on These Tours

    1. Visit the Galapagos Islands, here pictured from above, on a highlights of Ecuador tour

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      $3,361

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    2. See iguanas and other creatures on a Galapagos Islands tour

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      $3,816

      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    3. Visit the beautiful Ecuadorian city of Cuenca, pictured here from above, on a Cuenca vacation

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      $4,825

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    Other Places to Visit During Your Tour

    1. Discover fishmarkets in Puerto Lopez on an Ecuador tour

      Puerto Lopez

    2. Visit the beautiful cathedral of Cuenca, pictured here from above, on a Cuenca vacation

      Cuenca

    3. Colorful houses adorn the Santa Ana Hill.

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    4. See beautiful seals on white beaches, pictured here, on a Galapagos Islands vacation

      Galapagos Islands

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