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Quito

Quito, Ecuador’s delightful capital located in a narrow Andean Valley, offers a special combination of Andean and Amazonian art and culture in addition to the magnificent cathedrals and cobblestoned courtyards that reflect the 16th-century era of the Spanish conquistadors.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Art Lovers | Intellectuals | Families
  • When to go
    Year-Round
  • Ideal length of stay
    1-2 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    Essential Quito

    Though Quito often serves as a jumping-off point for trips to the Galápagos or the remote Andes, the historic city itself is also worth a stop on any itinerary. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1: Colonial Quito

      With your expert guide, explore Quito’s Old Town and key sites, including the magnificent central square of Plaza San Francisco, the beautiful church of La Compañía de Jesús, the UNESCO-protected Convent of Santo Domingo and the archaeological museum at Casa del Alabado.

    • Day 2: Equator and Otavalo Excursions

      Head north to the famed Equatorial Line to learn about this geodesic landmark, then venture outside Quito and past the Cayambe Volcano to explore the vibrant Otavalo food and crafts market.

    • Day 3: Add-Ons

      Quito has an international airport in the northern part of the city, making it the perfect place to add on a more remote destination to the rest of your journey. Popular trips include the Galápagos, the Andes mountains and other South American countries like Peru, Bolivia or Chile.

Where To Stay

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Indagare's Amelia Osborne Scott
“Quito is a city of churches, courtyards and beautifully intricate decorations, including thousands of roses, whose growth and export represent a $500 million industry. Here, you can experience dozens of museums, shops, churches and performances.”
Indagare Insiders Lucía Maenz and Mónica Witmer, founders of Kichay
“We love Ecuador’s culture: it is intrinsically vibrant and full of life, and there is so much undiscovered talent.”

What To Read

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