22 Jul What to do in Quito?
Quito is a vibrant city which combines colonial and contemporary styles, and possesses breathtaking natural landscapes. What to do in Quito when there are countless activities? This is a frequent question among travelers who visit the capital of Ecuador. For this reason and with the desire to help you plan your schedule, we want to recommend some activities to do during your stay in the city.
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Visiting the largest Historic Center in South America aboard the city’s only double decker bus is an activity you have to do during your visit to Quito. Quito City Tour is a tour designed by Quito Tour Bus. We invite you to discover the main attractions of the city from United Nations Bulevar (Bulevar Naciones Unidas) in the financial center at the north of the city, until the largest Historic Center of South America in the center of the city.
Quito Tour Bus operates under a Hop On – Hop Off system so you can get off or take the bus as many times as you want at our stops established with one-hour intervals. The complete route lasts approximately three hours if you not descend from the vehicle. Do not forget that one of our established stops is La Mariscal / Plaza Foch, considered the heart of the city’s nightlife.
Walk through Quito’s Historic District which has been recognized by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can visit countless of churches, chapels, convents, squares, museums, and historical monuments. Also, if you wish to get off the bus and explore these tourist attractions, your bus ticket can be used all day from 08:00 to 16:00. Do not miss visiting The Church of the Society of Jesus, Basilica of the National Vow, Independence Square, and San Francisco Church, as well as many other tourist attractions that make the Historic District an unforgettable destination of the city of Quito.
It is also recommended to visit Quito’s Historic District during the night since the facades of churches, buildings, and squares are fully illuminated. For this reason, we recommend you to do Quito At Night, a tour to Quito’s Historic District aboard the city’s only double-decker bus, which includes a one-hour stop at the traditional street La Ronda. It was the birthplace of painters, poets, writers, and bohemians.
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If you are planning to visit Quito, we recommend you to read How to get to Quito’s Historic District? And if you plan to get to this point of the city directly from Mariscal Sucre International Airport which is located in the parish of Tababela at 25 kilometers from the Historical Center of the city, we recommend you to read How to go from Quito Airport to Old Town?
The famous Equatorial Monument is located in Middle of the World City on Manuel Córdova Galarza Avenue – KM. 13/5. This is in the parish of San Antonio de Pichincha. Middle of the World City is one of the most desired tourist destinations in Ecuador and its capital.
If you want to know Middle of the World City and live a series of experiences on the Equator, you can choose Equator Line Tour. This is a safe, fun, and easy way to get to know this amazing destination. In addition, Equator Line Tour includes a visit to the viewpoint of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, from which it is possible to admire the crater of Pululahua Volcano, one of the few inhabited volcanic craters in the world.
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In the Middle of the World you can get the iconic picture in which you place your feet in both the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere at the same time. If you are with your couple, do not miss taking a picture kissing each other but placed in different hemispheres. If you are interested about romantic activities in the city, do not miss reading Places to visit in Quito with your couple.
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If you’re looking to marvel at the scenic beauty of the Andean páramo as well as enjoy the view of the city of Quito surrounded by mountains, you must climb the cable car in the city. This is considered one of the highest in the world since you will reach a height of 3,945 meters above sea level.
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If you decide to get on the cable car you can hike to the famous Guagua Pichincha (4,784 masl) and Rucu Pichincha (4,698 masl). These are two volcanoes that are part of the Pichincha Massif and belong to Ecuadorian Andes. In fact, climbing to the top of Rucu Pichincha is one of the favourite activities of tourists during their visit to the Ecuadorian capital. Do not forget that on the path to Rucu Pichincha you can find the “Swing in the clouds”. In this swing you can get beautiful pictures with the city in the background. And if you like extreme sports you can take your bike in the same cabin of the cable car and practice downhill on the route that will take you back to the city.
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The Chapel of Man (Capilla del Hombre in Spanish) is a cultural center built on the initiative of the famous Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín. This museum was declared by UNESCO as “Priority Project for Culture” as well as “Cultural Heritage of the Ecuadorian State” by the National Congress. This is a wonderful space where you can enjoy the most iconic works of the artist. In addition, in the same complex of the Chapel of the Man you will be able to find Guayasamín Museum that will allow you to get closer to the intimate life of the painter.
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In this cultural center you can also enjoy temporary exhibitions and an internal architecture that will increase your desire to know much more about this painter and his work. Furthermore, a short distance from The Chapel of Man, you can find the well-known Guangüiltagua Metropolitan Park where you can perform a series of outdoor activities. This is a very suitable place to enjoy if you are visiting the capital of Ecuador with children. For more information, do not forget to read our post about What to do in Quito with kids?
El Panecillo is located in Quito’s Historic District, and it is an iconic site of the city. El Panecillo is home of the impressive statue of The Panecillo Virgin also called Virgen de Legarda. In the hill viewpoint which is located inside the statue you can enjoy one of the most privileged views of the city.
El Panecillo is located at approximately 3,000 meters above sea level, which is why it is recommended to access this site by vehicle. There is also the option to go to El Panecillo aboard the city’s only double decker bus which is a service offered by Quito City Tour, as this is one of our mandatory stops.
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You have to come to Quito if you are visiting Ecuador. Quito was declared as Cultural Heritage of Humanity, so it has countless attractions that deserve to be visited. If your stay in the Ecuadorian capital will be brief, we recommend you to read What to do in Quito for 2 days? So you can enjoy your stay to the fullest. And if your visit to Quito will be during a weekend, we suggest you to read 5 QUITO WEEKEND TRIPS.
Enjoy Quito charms, we are sure that you will be surprised.