Quito Old Town – A Guide to Old Town in Ecuador’s Capital City
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Quito Old Town – A Guide to Old Town in Ecuador’s Capital City

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Jun 6, 2018


By Gabe Scalise

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Explore everything you need to know about Quito Old Town.

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.

Let’s begin first with just where and what Quito is?

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 century. Quito is 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.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s explore 3 places Quito Old Town.

Quito Old Town is truly one-of-a-kind. Old Town Quito houses some of the best empanada shops in all of South America, the most famous and ornate church in the whole city of Quito, the Mercado Central or Central Market of Quito, and so much more. Here we will see the top places to see Quito Old Town. Those 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 in Quito Old Town is El Panecillo. You can see El Panecillo up on the hill in this photo from the streets of Quito below. This spot provides not just a fantastic viewpoint of the whole city below but also allows you to take in the culture and local sights and sounds of the city. A must-see on any trip to Ecuador or Old Town in Quito.

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