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Everything You Need to Know About Quito Old Town

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Jun 6, 2018


By Gabe Scalise

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Last updated on March 23rd, 2021 at 11:57 am

A Guide to Quito Old Town, Ecuador’s Capital City

Quito Old Town has it all. From historical churches, squares, and buildings to breathtaking art and world-class food, Quito Old Town is a must-see on any Ecuador tour or Quito city tour.

Where is Quito Old Town?

First, you may be wondering where is Quito? Quito is the capital city of Ecuador. Located at 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito towers high into the sky in the Andes Mountains of South America. The city of Quito itself was mostly built directly on top of what was an ancient capital city in the Incan Empire, dating well into the 16th and 17th centuries.

beautiful plaza in old town quito

With its interesting history, Quito is naturally made of historical and colonial architecture and buildings, churches, main squares, and more, all mixed from European and indigenous styles and influences. The main city area is the centrally located Plaza Grande Square, which houses the incredibly beautiful Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

What to See & Do in Quito Old Town

There are so many things to do and see in Quito Old Town. First, travelers should find Quito’s empanada shops. Quito’s empanada shops are some of the best in all of South America. Then, those interested in architecture and culture should visit the most famous and ornate church in the whole city of Quito.

colorful buildings in quito

Next, stop by the Mercado Central or Central Market of Quito, for some yummy Ecuador food. Then, continue exploring more of our favorite places in Quito! These are Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church, Mercado Central, and El Panecillo!

This is what the Mercado Central in Quito Old Town looks like. It is a colorful and lively fruit market and central market to the whole city of Quito. A visit to Mercado Central as you explore Quito Old Town will truly give you a fantastic take on Ecuador culture, while you snack on amazing fruits, vegetables, and pick up local souvenirs for yourself and your family and friends back home.


Finally, the last must-see destination is El Panecillo. You can see El Panecillo up on the hill in this photo from the streets of Quito below. This spot provides a fantastic viewpoint of the whole city and allows you to take in the culture and local sights and sounds of the city.

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