A Complete Travel Guide to Visiting Quito, Ecuador

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What's up in Quito? The world's second-highest city offers wondrous and memorable experiences for travelers bound for Quito, Ecuador. 

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Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is a vibrant and historical city in northern South America. Its unique Andean culture celebrates both the country's glorious pre-Columbian Inca roots and the deep-seated influence of its Spanish colonial era. 

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Aside from the Old City or Centro Historico, Quito prides itself on its rich culture, warm people, unique gastronomy, colonial architecture, year-round spring-like weather, breathtaking natural wonders, and exciting outdoor adventures.

If you want to get to Quito, Ecuador, the most direct route is flying directly into the Mariscal Sucre International Airport.  Several major airlines fly directly into the city, including American Airlines, JetBlue, LATAM Airlines, Avianca Ecuador, Avianca, Delta, Korean Air, and United.

How To Get To Quito, Ecuador? 


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Quito offers a variety of places to stay, with accommodations ranging from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious hotels and everything in between. Hotels and hostels are among the most popular choices for visitors to the city.

Quito, Ecuador - Accommodations  


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Quito is home to many UNESCO-recognized sites. Its historic center, Centro Historico, is best known for its centuries-old cathedrals, ancient plazas, temples, and cobblestone streets. It is also the world's second-highest capital city.

What Is Quito Known For? 


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Quito has a cool, spring-like climate all year round because of its altitude and location on the equator. With temperatures hovering from 48 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit (9 to 19 degrees Celsius) all year, it's hard to go wrong. 

Quito, Ecuador - Weather  


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No, the city of La Paz, Bolivia's capital, holds that distinction at 11,975 ft (3,650 m) above sea level. Quito is the world's highest national capital, with an elevation of about 9,350 ft (2,850 m).

Is Quito the Highest Capital in the World? 


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