Ecuador: The Quito Experience

Ecuador: The Quito Experience, Quito, Ecuador (B)

Nicknamed “Florence of the Americas”, Ecuador’s sprawling metropolis Quito is anything but a quiet and relaxing experience.

And, at an elevation of 2,850-metres, your lungs definitely feel this height in the world’s second-highest capital, after La Paz.

Situated high in the Andes and dramatically sandwiched between mountain peaks, historic Quito is still a magnet for foreign and local tourists.

Close to 2 active of Ecuador’s 19 volcanos and surrounded by 8 volcanos, Quito is built on top of the remains of an Incan city.

The excitement of busy ancient lanes and streets encrusted with shops and colourful market stalls, including Shaman healers and local hat makers thread together the intricate fibres of Quito.

Under Incan control from the mid-15th century to the 16th century, the Spanish arrived in 1534. And, so did Spanish colonial red-tiles, central patios, and balconies, all of which together with Quito’s indigenous art earned Quito the “Florence of the Americas” nickname. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Ecuador: The Quito Experience
Guide Location: Ecuador » Quito
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Nilla Palmer
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza de la Independencia
  • Palacio de Carondelet
  • Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
  • Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
  • Heroes of the Independence statue
  • Centro Cultural Metropolitano Quito
  • Hotel Plaza Grande
  • Colonial House Inn