The volcano-surrounded capital of Ecuador, Quito, is full of great bars, excellent restaurants and a wealth of museums.
At its colonial heart is the centre storico, the world's first Heritage Listed city site, a warren of steep and narrow streets full of pastel-hued houses and ornate churches.
North of the centre you'll find plenty of hotels, smart shops, and cafes in the districts of La Mariscal and La Carolina.
Quito is the second highest capital in Latin America and sits in a narrow valley at the base of the Pichincha volcano. The setting is certainly stunning.
The city is surrounded by attractive countryside perfect for excursions; there are nature reserves, thermal baths, quaint villages, mountains to climb and the equator monument.
Top itineraries in Quito
Explore some of Ecuador's most impressive landscapes aboard the award-winning Tren Crucero (Cruise Train) as you travel through the high Andes to the coastal city of Guayaquil.
Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.
This tailor-made tour is a comprehensive appreciation of the Galápagos’ alien natural world, taking in its spectacular scenery and philosophy-inspiring wildlife on a range of guided excursions. You’ll also have time to explore Ecuador’s colonial heritage and indigenous culture.
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