Quito Is the Pearl in Ecuador’s Oyster

The central square across from the Presidential palace in Quito, Ecuador.
The central square across from the Presidential palace in Quito, Ecuador.

Quito, Ecuador, is a UNESCO World Heritage city, and one of the highest capitals in the world, at 9350 elevation, only second to La Paz, Bolivia.  The beautiful city is built right on top of a former Inkan city, and you can see influences from many cultures who have dominated over the centuries, including Moorish, European and indigenous.

It’s amazing to stroll this city because there are so many preserved antiquities and dramatic buildings.  One element of traveling in Ecuador that makes it much easier for Americans is that the currency is the US dollar!  So you don’t have to change any money, you can use greenbacks.

Carondelet Palace, office and house of the Presidents of Ecuador.
Carondelet Palace, office and house of the Presidents of Ecuador.

The other element that makes getting around anywhere in Ecuador easy is that taxis are so cheap. You can take a long, long taxi ride, from one side of the city to the other, and pay the man $3 or $4. Easy peasy.

Quito is located about 16 miles south of the equator, and there is a museum and monument about this being the center of the Earth. Additionally, Quito is pretty much in the dead center in Ecuador.

La Mariscal

This neighborhood is the city’s entertainment center.  There are a large number of hotels and inns, travel agencies, language and dance schools, stores, bars, and discothèques that travelers and locals enjoying visiting.

The Plaza Foch is considered the zona rosa of the city. It has various night clubs and bars and has a great nighttime vibe. Plaza Foch is busiest on Thursday-Saturday nights, and tourists from all over the world enjoy the bustling nightlife.

La Ronda street, one of the most popular areas to go out in Quito.
La Ronda street, one of the most popular areas to go out in Quito.

Visitors to Quito also like to take in the sites of the well-preserved city center and the dramatic open square, and also to see the ornate Basilica del Voto Nacional and the Church of La Compañía de Jesús

Church of La Compañía de Jesús in Quito, Ecuador.
Church of La Compañía de Jesús in Quito, Ecuador. Max Hartshorne photos

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