Attractions

  • Iglesia La Compañia de Jesus

    Address:
    Calle Garcia Moreno & Sucre .

    It is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings. La Compañía is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America. It is Quito's most ornate church and (according to some observers) the country's most beautiful.

  • La Virgen del Panecillo

    Address:
    Parque del Panecillo .

    The Virgen de El Panecillo stands on a hill in the center of Quito, visible from almost everywhere in the city. Not only is it the tallest aluminum statue in the world, it’s also the world’s tallest winged representation of the Virgin Mary.

  • Plaza de la Independencia

    Address:
    Garcia Moreno & Chile .

    Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square), or colloquially as Plaza Grande, is the principal and central public square of Quito. This is the central square of the city and one of the symbols of the executive power of the nation. Its main feature is the monument to the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, date remembered as the First Cry of Independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from Spanish Monarchy. The square is flanked by the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the Municipal Palace.

  • Iglesia de la Basilica

    Address:
    Venezuela & Carchi .

    It is one of the most breathtaking structures in all Ecuador. Constructed on San Juan Hill, the Basilica del Voto Nacional looms over the city and can be seen from anywhere in Quito. 

    T his breathtaking Catholic Church was the idea of Father Julio Maria Matovelle, and after years of persuasion, a design was commissioned from Emilio Tarlier, a French architect, who also oversaw construction. Inspired by a wonderful cathedral that was built in Bourges, Tarlier began drawing up the plans in 1890, which they alone took six years to complete. On 10 July 1892, construction work on the Basilica del Voto Nacional begun, to become the biggest gothic cathedral in Latin America.

     

  • Iglesia and Museo de San Agustin, Plaza Huerto San Agustin

    Address:
    Flores & Mejia .

    The Iglesia de San Agustín is a historic 16th century structure. It is situated at the intersection of Calle Chile and Calle Guayaquil.

    San Agustín is one of the seven monumental churches of the 16th and 17th centuries whose main portico was built on stone in the Spanish Baroque Architecture style.

    The interior of the church houses a series of paintings by Miguel de Santiago depicting the life of St. Augustine.

  • Calle La Ronda

    Address:
    La Ronda .

    La Ronda is a 2 or 3 block street located at the southern old town, crossing across the Arco de la Reina (Queen's Arch - 1720). It is a picturesque well restored place where you can find typical ecuadorian food, handicrafts, helados de paila (typical ice cream), the best handmade chocolates, and local art.

  • Parque Itchimbia

    Address:
    Jose Maria Aguirre .

    For its spectacular vantage point over the Historic Center, for the families who come to fly kites during windy summers, for its crystal palace, for its trails, weekend recreation, nature, and peace… Itchimbía Park is a must-visit.

    The Itchimbía Cultural Centre is located on one of the most important hillsides in the city of Quito, at 2,900 metres. Not only does it afford stunning panoramic views, encompassing the historic centre, the modern city, the Pichincha Volcano and the snow-capped peak of Cayambe, but it was also a sacred site for the civilisations which preceded the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

  • Mitad del Mundo

    Address:
    San Antonio De Ibarra, Quito, Ecuador .

    Mitad de Mundo consists of one dominant monument, smaller monuments that lead up to it, a small village that has been constructed around the equator site and a quaint museum.

    The Equatorial village that has been constructed around the monument has been built to closely resemble an authentic village and includes homes, a church, stores and even a cockfighting ring. Here visitors will be able to purchase keepsakes, explore the little shops and enjoy refreshments. The smaller monuments situated nearby stand as a memorial to the men who lost their lives in the wars.

    The Museo Inti Nan is where the great adventure lies. It is built on the true equator and has a signpost that will indicate when you are standing in the center of the earth.

  • Museo Templo del Sol, Pintor Ortega Maila

    Address:
    Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Cristobal Ortega Maila, Ecuador .

    Museum temple of the sun painter Ortega Maila is a masterpiece constructed by the indigenous painter and sculptor Ortega Maila after a great research of design and ancestral architecture to maintain his art and Andean culture.

    Museum of the sun The painter Ortega is a work constructed by the painter and indigenous sculptor Ortega Maila after a great investigation of design and ancestral architecture to maintain its art and its culture.The Temple of the Sun in one of its emblematic rooms exhibits an impressive collection of works, including paintings and sculptures, which makes one feel the greatness and depth of the race, the diversity and richness of the feeling of one of the best artists in the world .

  • Teleférico de Quito

    Address:
    Vía Al Teleférico, Quito, Ecuador .

    The Teleférico de Quito runs from the edge of the city centre up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to lookout Cruz Loma.

    It is one of the highest aerial lifts in the world, rising from 3,117 m (10,226 ft) to 3,945 m (12,943 ft). The ascent takes about twenty minutes, traveling 2,237 linear metres.

  • Iglesia, Plaza and Convento de San Francisco

    Address:
    Iglesia de San Francisco, Cuenca, Quito, Ecuador .

    San Francisco was the first church built in Quito. Construction began in 1535, just 1 month after the Spanish arrived and it took more than 100 years to finish. A group of archaeologists have discovered that San Francisco was built over an Inca temple, which is the reason the actual church is much higher than other structures in Quito.

    Like La Compañía, San Francisco is an important baroque church, but the latter is much larger. The ceilings have a beautiful Moorish design. In the entryway, as in La Compañía, you will notice images of the sun, which were used to lure indigenous people to the Christian religion. Throughout the church are combinations of indigenous and Catholic symbols.

    The baroque altar in the front of the church has three important sculptures: The top is El Bautismo de Jesús (The Baptism of Jesus); the bottom is a representation of Jesús de Gran Poder (Almighty Jesus); and the middle is probably one of the most important sculptures in Ecuador, the original La Virgen de Quito (The Virgin of Quito), designed by Bernardo de Legarda. (La Virgen de Quito was the model for the huge winged angel on the Panecillo.)

  • Casa del Alabado

    Address:
    Pre-Columbian Art Museum House of Praise, Cuenca, Quito, Ecuador .

    Casa del Alabado is a Precolumbian Art Museum. The museum is located in a colonial house built in the 17th century during the Spanish Colony. It houses a collection of over 5,000 archaeological pieces, 500 of which are on permanent display.