Jun 6, 2018|
Last updated on October 29th, 2020 at 12:08 pm
A Guide to Quito Old Town, Ecuador’s Capital City
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.
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.
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!
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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