Quito, Ecuador
ZipTipz Quito Travel Guide

Quito is a charming city with more than 400 years of colonial history. Nestled between Andean mountains and valleys, it cautiously reveals itself to the world, full of contrasts, legends and culture.

District Guide

Quito is located on a horizontal strip of land running north to south between beautiful mountains. The splendor of the city's natural setting, combined with its attractive squares, parks and monuments as well as the warmth of its people, makes it a unique and unforgettable place.

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Historical Background

The history of this beautiful colonial city, full of legends woven over more than 400 years, is still alive in the memory of its inhabitants. To find its origin it is necessary to go back in time to the 6th of December in 1534, when the Spanish conquistadors founded the city with 204 settlers.

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Where To Stay

Quito is a tourist city par excellence. Here there are many and varied options for accommodation to suit all preferences and budgets. In recent years, the hotel infrastructure and quality has improved drastically to satisfy visitors' needs. Undoubtedly, spending time in this friendly city will be...

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Dining and Drinking

Quito, besides its tourist attractions, has a wide variety of establishments for enjoying food and drinks.

We start in the north of the city, by the monument Mitad del Mundo, one of the most interesting tourist sites. Surrounded by mountains, you will find the restaurant Equinoccio, with an...

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Quito and its surroundings offer a wide range of choices for entertainment, which guarantee you a good time either alone or in company.

On Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Patria you will find an important gallery of modern art in the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, which exhibits works by Ecuadorian...

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Recommended Tours

If Quito, the enchanting capital of Ecuador, is your destination, you will need to travel well-equipped and with a good dose of energy and enthusiasm to visit most of the attractive places this little city has to offer. This metropolis is a combination of legend, culture and modern development...

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Quito (official name: San Francisco de Quito) is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America. It is located in northern Ecuador (see NG MapMachine satellite map) in the Guayllabamba river basin on the eastern slopes of the Pichincha ( 15,728 ft; 4,794 m), an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. The city's elevation is 9,300 ft (2,850 m) above sea level (measured at the Plaza de la Independencia), making Quito the second highest capital city in the world. The city's population according to the most recent census (2001) was 1,399,378. In 2005, however, the estimated population was 1,865,541 (canton). The area of Quito is approximately 112 square miles (290 km²).

There is some confusion about Quito's position as the second highest (elevation) capital in the world, because La Paz, Bolivia, which is higher, is the governmental capital of Bolivia (where the Bolivian government functions). However, Sucre, which is lower, is the legal capital of Bolivia.

Quito is located about 15 miles (25 km) south of the equator. A monument marking the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world).

Due to its altitude and location, the climate in Quito is mild to cool, fairly constant all year round, with a high temperature typically around 67 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C) on any given day, and a low around 49 degrees Fahrenheit (10°C) at night. The city experiences only two seasons: summer (the dry season) and winter (the rainy season).

Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil.

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