Quito is the Capital of Ecuador and the second most populous city in the country. It is the base of Escape to Ecuador’s trips. It is the best city in Ecuador due to its location, diversity, climate, entertainment, and transportation. Quito’s Central location in the Andes Mountains makes it the best place to conveniently escape to the beach, glacier peaks, cloud forests, and the Amazon Rain Forest. You will land in a wonderful climate and a beautiful Andean city. It is famous for its climate of eternal spring. Being on the Equator at this elevation 2,850m, 9,500ft equalizes things to a comfortable spring-like temperature everyday of the year and cool nights. The city sits in a hilly green basin at the foot of Pichincha, a 15,000ft peak. A large part of Quito’s beauty is due to the preservation of its colonial heritage. Among the narrow, hilly streets, the tree-shaded plazas, and the red-tile-roofed adobe buildings of the colonial district, has preserved its cultural heritage. In fact Quito was the first location named to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Quito also has a modern side. Separated from the colonial city by the large Alameda and Ejido parks, the modern district – Avenida Amazonas and the surrounding streets – is a metropolitan center with high-rise hotels, restaurants, and malls. Quito’s metropolitan area has a population of roughly 2 million and is the political, commercial, and financial center of the country. As is the same with any large city, it is full of places to go and things to experience. There is the Centro Historico which is home to the presidential palace and the most historical churches and museums in Ecuador. The Teleférico, a skylift takes you to the summit of Pichincha overlooking the expansive city as you see for miles and miles across the Andes Mountains.
Another must-see is the hottest bar and club area in Quito referred to as the “Mariscal.” This is the international night escape of the city where you can dance everything from salsa to techno and of course enjoy dollar beers and shots at pretty much every place and paying a cover is rare. “La Mitad del Mundo” (the middle of the world) monument is also just outside of the city where you can stand in both hemispheres at the same time. There is much more to see and do in Quito and throughout Ecuador. What do you want to Escape to?