Quito Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Otavalo Marketplace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Nestled in a valley at the foot of a volcano, Otavalo is a highland community of indigenous locals famed for their weaving skills and colorful textiles. ...  Read more

Cotopaxi National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

Cotopaxi National Park (also known as Cotopaxi Volcano National Park) lies 53 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Quito and is the second most visited (and ...  Read more

Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

The Middle of the World Monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) commemorates the site where 18th-century French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine once ...  Read more

El Panecillo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Squint south towards the old town from Quito center and you can’t miss El Panecillo, a hill that does indeed resemble a panecillo (bread roll), and the ...  Read more

City Museum of Quito (Museo de la Ciudad)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Housed in the former San Juan de Dias Hospital (a stunning sixteenth century building and UNESCO World Heritage site), the City Museum of Quito (Museo de la ...  Read more

Teleferico Quito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Ringed by mountains, Quito has no shortage of viewpoints, but the ultimate view of the Ecuadorian capital has to be from the peak of the Pichincha Volcano, ...  Read more

Church of the Society of Jesus (Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The Church of the Society of Jesus, (in Spanish, Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús), often called la Compañía, is a Jesuit church in ...  Read more

Cayambe Volcano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The majestic snow-hatted peak of Cayambe Volcano serves as a dramatic backdrop to the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve and at a dizzying 5,790 meters, it’s ...  Read more

Quilotoa Lagoon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Quilotoa, a village and a lake with the same name, is an increasingly popular tourist destination in Ecuador. Located southwest of Quito, it makes for a ...  Read more

Termas de Papallacta Spa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Just a 40-mile (67-km) ride from Quito through the Amazon jungle lies the 625 acres (253 hectares) of the privately owned Termas de Papallacta Spa.  This ...  Read more

Cathedral of Quito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Built between 1562 and 1806, the iconic white façade and towering columns of the Cathedral of Quito today remains one of the most recognizable and ...  Read more

Capilla del Hombre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The brainchild of Oswaldo Guayasamín, Ecuador’s most renowned contemporary artist, the Capilla del Hombre or ‘Chapel of Man’ is an art museum with a ...  Read more

Mariscal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

La Mariscal is the epicenter of Quito’s tourist scene, so much so the neighborhood has become known as ‘Gringolandia.’ What Mariscal lacks in tourist ...  Read more

Quito Old Town

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

Quito’s unmissable historic center, or Old Town, extends over 320 hectares (790 acres) and is the largest historic center in the Americas. Made a UNESCO ...  Read more

Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 120 Reviews

Plaza de la Independencia, known as Plaza Grande to the locals, was Quito’s main square in the 16th century, serving as central market and bullfighting ...  Read more

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