Are you looking for things to do in Quito, Ecuador? Let us help you out. Founded on the ruins of an ancient Incan city, Quito has risen from the ashes of time to become a modern metropolis that still maintains a lot of its old world charm. A great place to see examples of old architecture, Quito has won a lot of hearts over with its quaint plazas and colourful streets.
1. The Old Town
Take a stroll through the old town and you’ll see buildings that age all the way back to the late 1500s. Not only that, but there are many other buildings from the colonial and independence era to be seen here. The buildings and the people are colorful and friendly. Walk through and see what you can find!
2. Conjunto Monumental San Francisco
For a big dose of history, check out Conjunto Monumental San Francisco. Named in honor of San Francis, patron saint of the founding order of Quito, this church was built in the 1570s. It also features masterful works of art in the form of paintings and sculptures. It’s a can’t miss if you’re into anything historical.
3. Botanical Gardens
Perfect for an escape from the city’s bustle, the botanical gardens are one of the most relaxing things to do in Quito. You can find them on the southwest side of Parque La Carolina.
4. La Virgen del Panecillo
La Virgen de Panecillo is a large statue of the Virgin Mary with wings. Just as interesting as the statue, however, is the hill that it’s built upon. The hill provides great views of the city, so it’s no surprise that they chose this place to erect a statue – it’s visible from most of the city below.
5. Casa de la Cultura
This ‘Casa’ serves as a gallery for local artists. Swing by, and without being charged a single cent you can see some of the finest local art of Quito, Ecuador. The center also shows films on select dates. Their web site has more info on what’s on, and when.
Quito is an old and precious city that’s still going strong. Any traveler taking a trip to this side of South America would do well to pay Quito and its rich history and tradition a solid visit.
*Image of historic colonial buildings in Quito, Ecuador via Shutterstock
*Image of the Basilica of the National via Shutterstock