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Quito's colonial centre is one of the continent's finest, with magnificent baroque churches and large squares.

Everything about Quito's setting is dramatic. Located on a relatively narrow plateau high in the Ecuadorian Andes, the city is surrounded by mountains and dominated by the Pichincha volcano towering above. Quito's modern districts and newer houses creep up the mountainsides, and its main avenues are thronged with the hustle and bustle of shopping, markets and city life.  

Quito's historic centre, the epicentre of the city, is filled with formidable churches, monasteries and mansions, which earned the city its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly impressive are St. Augustine Convent & the Parliament Building, whose stone mural depicts the history of Ecuador. The main square is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and Archbishop's Palace. The nearby the church of San Francisco is one of the great religious buildings of the New World, Baroque influenced by Moorish style.

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Quito

Quito's Colonial Centre

Journey through Quito's prized colonial centre, visiting magnificent churches and historic buildings.

Quito & Cable Cars

Explore Quito's most important squares, monuments and churches and then soar over the city in a cable car.

Otavalo Market

Visit the colourful indigenous market, cross the equator and stroll through the quiet streets of provincial towns.

Cotopaxi & Indian Markets

Combine stunning views of the snow-capped conical volcano with a visit to a thriving Indian Market.

Bellavista Cloud Forest

Hike through misty cloud forest near Quito to spot exotic bird life, including beautiful hummingbirds.

Mindo Cloud Forest

Venture into the mysterious cloud forest to discover its tropical bird life and exuberant vegetation.

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Quito

Plaza Sucre

A simple colonial style hotel in the heart of the old city.

Relicario del Carmen

Boutique hotel in a historical house, full of character and original art and furniture.

Casa Gangotena

Deluxe boutique hotel converted from one of the city's most prestigious homes, located on a historical square.

Casona de La Ronda

Characterful boutique hotel, converted from a historical townhouse, on a lively pedestrian cobbled street.

Casa San Marcos

Restored Colonial Mansion converted to a boutique hotel, filled with art and antiques.

Rincon Puembo

Simple hotel in the countryside, only 20 minutes from the International Airport.

Grand Mercure Alameda

Modern Business-style hotel in central Quito, with a wide range of services and amenities.