Explore on your own
In 2018 Quito was described by The Independent as ‘fast becoming South America’s coolest capital’ thanks to its emerging art scene, great food, mountain views and rich history. Quito has several excellent museums including the Central Bank Museum and Casa del Alabado. For fans of art the Capilla del Hombre which houses work of Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuador’s most famous artist, is definitely worth a visit. The city also offers chocolate tasting experiences and for those who enjoy great views the Teleferico cable car up onto the slopes of Pichincha Volcano makes for a great half day visit.
Ecuador’s Capital City
Nestled high in the Andes at 2800 meters and flanked by volcanoes, Quito has one of the most impressive locations of any city in the world. The former northern capital of the Incan Empire, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its beautiful colonial architecture. Everyday life of its local residents pulses alongside handsomely restored blocks, picturesque plazas and some truly magnificent art-filled churches. With some great restaurants, galleries, museums and a burgeoning arts scene Quito is a beautiful city that gives a real taste of Andean life both past and present.
Our favourite way to spend the day, is with one of our top bilingual guides. Learning about the fascinating history and living culture of the city, exploring the highlights of the colonial centre, then a light lunch together in the old town and onto visit either a handicrafts market where indigenous people and craftsmen from across Ecuador meet to sell their handicrafts or one of the local food markets, which gives you a great chance to see what local people buy and eat with all the sights, sounds and smells that go with it!