The capital sits high in the Andes at 2,850 metres above sea level. Quito’s old town is one of South America's greatest surviving monuments to the colonial era, full of incredible architecture dating back to the 17th Century, with hidden squares and ancient churches waiting to be discovered.
Quito is also situated more or less directly on the equator and a 20 minute journey from the city centre will take you to the Equatorial Monument. Funnily enough, the monument doesn’t actually sit on the line, so after you’ve taken a dramatic picture, make sure to visit the fascinating museum which does!
Although Quito will captivate your imagination through its architecture and vibrant modern culture, it never lets you forget where you are. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the city sits at the base of Mount Pichincha and a short cable car ride offers an unforgettable vista over the city.
If your days have not been busy enough, then Quito also offers fantastic nightlife which will show you everything great about modern Ecuador. Whether you are looking for a good meal, fun bars or some serious dancing, Quito has something for everyone.