Quito, Ecuador: Attractions and Hotels in the Capital of Ecuador

In Quito, a ski lift called TeleferiQo takes locals and visitors up the steep sides of the mountains.
In Quito, a ski lift called TeleferiQo takes locals and visitors up the steep sides of the mountains.

If you ask a random person on the street where Quito is, they may give you a confused look rather than the right answer. But the capital of Ecuador, while sort of an under-the-radar destination, actually has plenty of reasons to be a well-known vacation spot. Incredible museums, contemporary cuisine, and scenic views assist in putting Quito on the map.

The Museo Nacional in Quito showcases a monumental collection of Ecuadorian art from many different time periods. This museum is home to ceramic pieces dating all the way back to 12,000 B.C., tons of cultural artifacts from a variety of different peoples, and plenty other Ecuadorian masterpieces. However, the Museo Nacional is currently undergoing construction and is planned to reopen in late 2017. In the meantime, check out the Museo Guayasamin.

The legendary painter known as Oswaldo Guayasamin is immortalized in his former home, now called the Museo Guayasamin. Housing many of Guayasamin’s own pieces, as well as his collection of various artifacts from the pre-Columbian era, and his collection of religious artwork, the Museo Guayasamin highlights the many influences that Hispanic culture and history had on Guyasamin while celebrating the artistic genius of the Ecuadorian painter.

For under $10, you can ride the TeleferiQo, a sky tram in Quito that gives passengers a chance to see Quito’s glorious mountainous landscape. The TeleferiQo travels to the very top of Cruz Loma via the side of Volcan Pichincha. The scenery doesn’t have to stop after the sky tram ride as passengers can choose to hike to Rucu Pichincha’s summit once they have reached the top of Cruz Loma. Riding the TeleferiQo is truly a fantastic way to see Quito’s incredible views!

Multiple great eateries make up Quito’s unique food scene. Dios No Muere is attached to a 400-year-old monastery, contains many options for the hungry carnivore, and also offers local microbrews and organic Ecuadorian coffee.

For sundaes, multiple varieties of crepes and waffles, espresso drinks, and great vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes come to one of the many Crepes & Waffles restaurants in Quito.

Zazu, while a little bit pricey, offers fully prepared meat and seafood dishes while maintaining an inviting and ambient setting.

Whether your tasting Quito’s food, experiencing Quito’s views, exploring Quito’s museums, or all the above, consider staying in one of these fabulous hotels.  Find Quito Hotels at Bonwi, and use Bonwi points to get free stays!