Quito is renowned as one of South America’s most scenic cities. This bustling capital of Ecuador is steeped in a rich cultural history perfectly juxtaposed with a contemporary ambiance. Historically fascinating, the iconic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases an astounding array of monuments and colonial architecture, all built on the ruins of an Incan city. Bustling markets give way to a flourishing commercial centre, while tranquil neighbourhoods offer insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants.
Just outside Quito, visitors can explore some of the country’s most prominent haciendas (large estates), or browse through the popular Otavalo Market – a weekly showcase of some of the region’s finest handicrafts and jewellery. Outdoor enthusiasts can also use Quito as a gateway to the marvels of Ecuador’s renowned cloud forest.