Introduction to Quito

High on the Andean foothills and atop of an ancient Incan City is Ecuador’s capital, Quito. The first city to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito itself is one giant, living museum with year-round spring weather. Surrounded by a dramatic Andes Mountain and Pichincha Volcano landscape, Ecuador’s capital also boasts charm of a modern and emerging side.

You’re gonna get so high in Quito. Literally given it’s officially the highest capital in the world at 2,850 metres above sea level. Take in the ah-mazing landscape be it on a gondola ride up Pichincha Volcano, next to a giant winged virgin statue on Cerro Panecillo (a hill in Old Town) or via Teleferiqo, a cable car ride that also scales the volcano with added snow-capped peak views.

For local jewellery, winter gear and other cutesy artefacts, try boutiques across town as well as large craft market Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal. Tuck into local delicacies like lamb stews and cheesy coffees at elegant colonial houses-come-restaurants in Old Town or brave a food stall elsewhere (follow the locals!). Do not miss Old Town and all its’ baroque churches and architectural glory at places like Plaza de la Independencia.

Theatres like Art Deco gem Teatro Bolivar boast Andean dances, ballet and opera plus there’s funky bar and club districts like La Mariscal for everything from reggae to salsa. Dress is casual and the party can last til morning. Capilla del Hombre is an amazing Latino art gallery and not to be missed no matter how big your hangover.

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