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