Quito

 

Quito is the capital of Ecuador, located in the north-central part of the country.

It was founded in 1534 on the ruins of an ancient Inca city by Spanish colonialists, and offers one of the largest and most authentic historic centers in South America. This center and its landmarks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quito is also a modern city, with two million people. Travelers gravitate toward northern Quito – known as a fun place to explore, with plenty of museums and urban parks as well as restaurants and nightlife.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
 

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Water Palace

Water Palace offers accommodation in La Ecuatoriana district in La Cocha. The property is 2 km away from the Quitumbe bus terminal. The hotel offers views of the Cotopaxi and Pichincha volcanoes. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 223 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$17

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Benalcazar Hostel

Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Benalcazar Hostel offers accommodation in Quito. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Some units feature views of the mountain or city. A TV is offered. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$9

 
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Mercedes

Set 5 km from Bolivar Theatre in Quito, this apartment features a terrace with city views. The unit is 6 km from Colonial Art Museum, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

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La Colina Cozy Apartment

Featuring free WiFi and city views, La Colina Cozy Apartments boasts a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. The apartment is 1.5 km from Bolivar Theatre and 2 km from Colonial Art Museum. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$45

 
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Hotel Boutique Portal de Cantuña

Styled with baroque-inspired gilded mouldings and elegant furniture, the hotel is set in Quito’s historical district, only 20 metres from San Francisco Square. Average score from 585 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$58 - $85

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
La Colina Cozy Apartment

La Colina Cozy Apartment

Featuring free WiFi and city views, La Colina Cozy Apartments boasts a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. The apartment is 1.5 km from Bolivar Theatre and 2 km from Colonial Art Museum. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$45

 
$459.8
Hotel Real Audiencia

Hotel Real Audiencia

Real Audiencia is located in Quito's colonial Plaza de Santo Domingo, and offers a panoramic view of the imponent Santo Domingo Church. Rooms feature traditional décor, free WiFi, and cable TV. Average score from 390 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$45 - $110

 
$458.5
Edificio Danny Javier

Edificio Danny Javier

Edificio Danny Javier offers accommodation in Quito, 2.6 km from Bolivar Theatre and 2.9 km from Sucre Theatre. The apartment is 3.1 km from Colonial Art Museum. Free WiFi is featured and private parking is available on site. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$20

$208.4
Hotel Cumanda

Hotel Cumanda

Located 700 metres from the City Museum, Hotel Cumanda offers accommodations in Quito. Free WiFi access is available and guests are served a complimentary breakfast daily. Rooms here are all fitted with a private bathroom with shower. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$17

$177.4
Hotel Interamericano

Hotel Interamericano

Only 50 metres from Santo Domingo Square and La Ronda street, Hotel Interamericano offers rooms with free WiFi and cable TV in Quito's historic centre. The property features a restaurant on site. Rooms at Interamericano Hotel feature work desks. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$18 - $80

 
$187.4
Hotel Miguel Angel

Hotel Miguel Angel

Hotel Miguel Angel is located 20 minutes’ drive from Quito’s Historic Centre and from the cathedral of Quito. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas and a daily breakfast is included. The rooms here will provide you with a TV and cable... Average score from 36 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$22

 
$227.3
Hotel Gran Quitumbe

Hotel Gran Quitumbe

Only 50 metres from Quitumbe train station and bus terminal, Hotel Gran Quitumbe offers rooms with free Wi-Fi in Quito. The historic city centre is 10 km away. Average score from 31 guest reviews: 6.2/10.

$40 - $65

 
$406.2
Casa S1107

Casa S1107

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Casa S1107 is situated in Hacienda Pintado, 4.1 km from Quito. Mindo is 34 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a cable flat-screen TV, Blu-ray player, and DVD player. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36

$36-

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks

Centro

Quito's Old City is the largest in the Americas. It has undergone a huge restoration and revitalization program over the last decade. It boasts no fewer than 40 churches and convents, 17 squares and 16 convents and monasteries.

It's been called the 'Reliquary of the Americas' for the richness of its colonial- and independence-era architecture and heritage. It's a great quarter to wander, with several excellent museums and plenty of restaurants and terrace cafes for a rest while sightseeing.
Calle de la Ronda
-- This street in the Old Town was restored by Municipality and FONSAL in 2007. It was transformed with the help and cooperation of the local residents. It's a romantic cobbled street just off the Plaza Santo Domingo (or it can be reached via Garcia Moreno by the City Museum). There are shops, patios, art galleries and modest cafe restaurants now, all run by residents. Cultural events are common at the weekends.
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Unusual Local Feature

Cable cars

Teleferico. This is the world's second-highest cable car. It's located on the eastern flanks of the Pichincha Volcano which overlooks the whole city. It hoists visitors up to an amazing 4,000 meters (12,000 feet). On clear days, one can spot half-a-dozen volcanoes and spy the entire city below. You can also hike up from here to the Guagua Pichincha Volcano, which is active. Itchimbia cultural complex and park. This hill lies to the east of the Old Town. It provides stunning views of central and northern Quito, as well as the distant peak of Cayambe to the northeast. The hillside was was made into a park and an impressive cultural center established here in 2005. The center holds temporary exhibitions. At the weekends, there are workshops and fun for children. Parque El Ejido. Watch the old men play Ecuador's version of bocce. You can also see some serious games of Ecua-volley, the local version of volleyball, on a Saturday or Sunday.
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