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All about Quito

The Monument to the Equator

The Andes are adorned with the magic that surrounds the Ecuadorian capital, a magic that you will discover in your journey through this beautiful South American city. There’s no hurry here; take all the time you need to visit each historic area, to sit and chat to a Quiteño, and let them tell you more about Ecuadorians’ unique view of life. Landing in Quito, you land in an undiscovered Andean paradise. Live it up!

Must know

Perfect weather

Called the City of Eternal Spring for its average climate of 70ºF, with this privileged climate due to its location at the center of the planet.

Church of Quito

World heritage

The Ecuadorian capital was the first city to be declared a world heritage site for its colonial center, which is the largest and best preserved in Latin America.

A natural destination

Quito is surrounded by unmissable green spaces, like Parque Itchimbía, where you can see more than 400 flower species, or the majestic Cotopaxi volcano.

Quito´s landscape

A city closer to the sky

Prepare your body because Quito, located more than 2,800 meters above the level of the sea, is the capital in South America at the highest altitude.

What to do in Quito?

Stop at the Center of the World

A little less than an hour from the Ecuadorian capital, you will find the “City at the Center of the World” (Ciudad del Centro del Mundo); there you will find the monument marking the exact location of the line that gives the country its name. There, besides snapping the obligatory pic, you’ll be able to enjoy art exhibitions by major painters such as Oswaldo Guayasamín, a planetarium, and the insectarium, the first entomological museum in the country. It is a daytrip not to be missed on your visit to “the little face of God” (la carita de Dios). Also, here, due to interhemispheric forces, your weight drops by up to 0.5%.

Tour Quito’s 7 wonders

Don’t miss this tour for anything in the world. While the world has its 7 wonders (modern and ancient), Quito has its own must-see monuments. Take notes to prepare your trip: La Plaza Grande (Central Square), la Virgen del Panecillo (the Virgin on the Hill), el Convento de San Francisco (San Franciscan Convent), la Iglesia de la Virgen del Quinche (Church of the Virgin of Quinche), la Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow), la Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (Church of the Society of Jesus) and the Chimbacalle train station. A breathtaking tour that shows the charm of the Ecuadorian capital.

Get lost in La Mariscal

If what you want is a party, a spree, a soirée, a jamboree, or whatever you want to call it, this has to be your neighborhood. La Mariscal is a bohemian, bustling place. Its streets never sleep, so gear up your plan for the night: start with a good dinner at one of the area restaurants, then heat up your engines with a good cocktail or a beer at a bar. Though try not to get wound up too early; Quito’s nights are long, and you’re not going to want to miss anything. When you’re ready, hit the club that grabs your attention and shake your hips like there’s no tomorrow. The party in Quito is unforgettable, as you’ll see.

Climb up El Panecillo

Locals say that if you want to get to know Quito, you have to start your tour with a visit to El Panecillo hilltop, a viewpoint at 9,000 feet above sea level, from which you’ll have a privileged view of the city called God’s Little Face, and where you’ll also see the famous Vigen de Quito, a winged representation of the Virgin known as the guardian of the city, and inside which is a museum. So you know, before you do anything, climb El Panecillo and let yourself be dazzled by the majesty of the beautiful Ecuadorian capital.

What to eat in Bogota

A dish

Hornado

Quiteños are proud of this dish, which consists of an entire pig roasted in a wood oven. It’s a very popular dish with the locals, and easily enchants foreigners. Ecuadorian chefs compete among themselves to see who’s got the best recipe for this traditional, Spanish-heritage dish, which is served with a potato omelette, toasted pigskin, and a sweet-and-sour, onion and tomato-based marinade. An incredible dish you’ll be excited to try.

A place

La Floresta

Life, colors, flavors and joy are all in this neighborhood, which is known as Quito’s SoHo. Although one of the city’s restaurant districts is in La Mariscal (where the Ecuadorian capital also goes to party), La Floresta’s more relaxed, contemporary and bohemian style houses an incredible gastronomical range, including the most avant-garde and the most traditional offerings. So, if you want a taste adventure you’ll never forget, La Floresta is the answer.

A cook

Carlos Gallardo

To sample the dishes of Chef Gallardo is to enter into the most authentic Ecuadorian flavors you can find. If you have the chance to visit Quito, don’t hesitate to seek out a place to try the cuisine of this great chef, who is so passionate for his country’s cuisine that he has been named its ambassador. This chef’s offerings take you on an authentic tour of the flavors of Ecuador, from Esmeraldas’ ark clam ceviche, to an encebollado (onion soup) from Guayas, to the smoked meats (cecina) of Loja, and Azuay’s hominy and eggs dish, mote pillo.

A recipe

Empana de Aire

This appetizer, which Quiteños often offer in their homes, delights anyone who tries it. To bring the flavor of Quito home with you, we’ll teach you how to make it:

    Ingredients

  • 1 pound of wheat flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • 1/4 pound of butter 
  • 3 white onion stalks 
  • 1/2 pound of fresh cheese 
  • sugar to taste 
  • salt to taste 
  • cold water to taste

    Directions

  1. Prepare the dough by mixing the flour with the baking powder, butter and water until you’ve formed a compact ball.
  2. Let the dough stand for half an hour. 
  3. Dust your workspace with flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. 
  4. Form discs, and place the onion and cheese in the middle.
  5. Close the empanada and wet the edges a little. Dock the crust with a fork.
  6. Deep fry at 340ºF.
  7. When they’re ready, dust them with sugar.
  8. Enjoy!

An event

Sal Quiteña

This traditional Quiteño food fair is so important that it lasts an entire month, during which time the gourmet restaurants, restaurants, traditional cafes and bistros, holes-in-the-wall, and markets offer special three-course menus at discount prices. This festival is held in August, and it gives you the chance to experience and to taste the best flavors of this marvelous country.

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Airport

Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Language

Spanish

Currency

United States Dollar

Average temperature

68ºF