Quito is for

It is a city located in the heart of the Andes, blessed by a spring climate all year round, surrounded by fabulous landscapes and mountains, surrounded by stunning nature.

History is seen everywhere, and its development has occurred around historical monuments that are kept intact since its construction.

Quito is the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity declared by UNESCO in 1978.

Quito is a city full of wonderful corners with stories, legends and unique experiences. This website is a guide that will accompany you on your stay, with suggestions of places to visit and get to know, and do it safely.


1. Center of the world

It is the most visited place in Ecuador, just 30 minutes from Quito. It is the monument that celebrates the location of our country, just in the middle of two hemispheres.

2. Historic Center

Quito not only has many churches, but all its churches keep incalculable treasures of culture and history from the colonial era of the best-preserved place in the world. The fact that the city was a very important place of the Inca empire, made the Spaniards undertake with particular care the construction and design of a fabulous religious architecture and iconography.

3. Traditional neighborhoods

They are our home, our identity and a way of telling how we live and feel. Visit us! We have the best-preserved Historic Center in Latin America. Quito was the first city to be declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here you can appreciate the colonial architecture, art, Ecuadorian food and traditions of our charming city, where at every step there is a history.

4. Modern Quito

Since 1900, the boundaries of Quito have been extended to welcome a contemporary city, with various commercial and residential areas. Quito is established on the haciendas of that time, immense places with forests that gave rise to a city full of contrasts, surrounded by mountains and at Latitude Zero.

5. Gastronomy

Ecuador never ceases to surprise those who discover our food for the first time. Quito is the ideal place not only to taste the excellent local gastronomy, but also to discover the flavors of different typical dishes of the country.

6. Chocolate capital

Ecuador today is the largest producer of fine aroma cocoa. Our country supplies the raw material for fine chocolates manufactured in different countries. This is due to our unmatched geographic conditions. After more than 500 years, the floral aroma of our cocoa has evolved into something unique. It is called Arriba Cocoa by historians.

7. Chocó Andino

This is an exuberant nature setting, a mist-shrouded world, full of orchids, dominated by the flapping and hissing sounds of countless varieties of birds.

8. Andes

Ecuador is an adventure park, always full of surprises, one of the ideal countries to do extreme sports or go out to meet nature.

Discover natural attractions within walking distance of the city, with great opportunities for adventure sports and exploration!

9. Emblematic Fauna

Considering the metropolitan limits of the city, Quito is one of the most mega diverse cities on the planet, in terms of birds.

10. Holy week

With souls from purgatory, devils, veronicas, cucuruchos and the typical flavor of fanesca, in Quito the Holy Week is lived like nowhere else on the planet.

A culturally rich week, which maintains historical traditions that go beyond the purely religious, such as the Arrastre de Caudas (unique in the world) with more than 500 years of tradition, the Processions of Light, Silence, Solitude of María, of the Devils of Mercy, the Blessing of Fire and the famous Procession of Jesus del Gran Poder, in which more than 200,000 faithful, walk the streets of the Historic Center of Quito.

Remember that at this time, you can also savor our fanesca, a dish full of flavor and also symbolism.

+1. Ancestral wellbeing

The existence of an ancestral population that occupied the current city of Quito and its surrounding valleys, has been recognized long before the arrival of the Incas. It is also true that there is still no consensus among the scholars of Quito on the type of settlement and the level of social, political, administrative and religious significance it had, due to the scarcity of architectural archaeological remains. For example, we have opinions like those of Jorge Trujillo, who affirms that Quito was: “A symbolic space, endowed with various meanings. As a geographical space it has these limits: to the north with the equinoctial line (Middle of the World) to the south, the plains that extend from the Panecillo or Yavirac. To the west, the entrance to the land of the western yumbos: Calacalí, Lloa and Tambillo. To the east, the accesses to the lands of the eastern yumbos: Oyacachi, Papallacta and Pintag”. It includes the vicinity or areas of the imaginary equator. Therefore, it also includes the access corridors to the areas of the slope of the western mountain range, which flow into the coasts of the Pacific Ocean. In the east, the limits reach the heights of the Napo and Marañón River basins” (quote: Trujillo, 2008: 299-300).

+2. Creative tourism

In Quito you can find from cooking classes that will immerse you in the aromas of our traditional flavors, or learn how to make the best chocolate in the world, to traditional goldsmith and painting workshops; tour agroecological farms and experience the varied flavors of our craft beer and high-altitude coffee.

You can learn more about the fascinating world of the famous Ecuadorian rose and delight in the art and culture that this city has to offer you; These are just some of the experiences that make Quito a truly creative destination.

  • +593 2993300
  • mercadeo@quito-turismo.gob.ec
  • Passage Oe3 Río Amazonas N51-20 & Street N50B
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  • +593 2993300
  • mercadeo@quito-turismo.gob.ec
  • Passage Oe3 Río Amazonas N51-20 & Street N50B
    Old airport, Quito

© All rights reserved

Quito Turismo - Visit Quito