A hub of modernity and culture
Quito is divided into two parts, the old town with its colourful and lively neighbourhoods full of history and the new town where hotels, restaurants and bars are found. Over 1.8 million people live here which makes it an ever-changing and busy city whose bustling life is a contrast to the quietness of the rest of Ecuador. The city sits high up the mountain and is the second highest capital in the world. But for even better views, travellers can head to the TelefériQo that will take you to the top of Cruz Loma where you will be able to witness breathtaking views of the city and the valleys surrounding it.
Quito is also a city with a rich cultural history. The Museo Nacional holds the country’s biggest collection of Ecuadorian art. From ceramic pieces to serpent bowls and figures depicting the Machalilla culture it is an abundant collection of pre-Hispanic and colonial art. A must-visit to get an insight into the history of the country.