6 tourist attractions in Quito that you cannot miss on your next trip

tourist attractions in Quito

Planning your trip to Quito can be very exciting. It is a big city with many attractions to visit. In this article, we will give you a brief summary of 6 tourist attractions in Quito that you cannot miss on your trip to the Ecuadorian capital.

1. The historic center of Quito: The best preserved historic center of the continent.

The historic center of Quito is a mandatory place, where you will see buildings with a colonial architecture. The Ecuadorian capital has the best historical case of the continent, its buildings are impressive and its beautiful squares.

La Ronda is the oldest and best preserved street in Quito. Its streets are decorated with beautiful mansions, flags and small balconies. In La Ronda you can experience the culture of the ancient city and spend a wonderful time in some of its cafes, shops, restaurants and street vendors.

In the old city, you will also find beautiful squares such as Plaza San Francisco and Plaza Independencia. You will also find the Tianguez craft market.

2. Mitad del Mundo: The place where the northern and southern hemispheres meet.

The Middle of the World is the place where the Northern and Southern hemispheres meet, just at the latitude of the equator. Visitors love taking photos on the yellow line that places them in two hemispheres at the same time.

It is without a doubt, the most popular attraction in Quito. However, where this attraction is located is not really half the world, since zero latitude is located a few meters north of this monument, in the Intiñan Museum. And although some say that neither site is half the world, the latter is closer.

3. Cable car: The attraction where you can see the city from 4,100 feet.

The cable car is the best way to see Quito, taking you at a height of 4,100 meters above the city. It is the highest gondola trip in South America, and one of the highest air travel in the world. If the sky is clear, you will have spectacular views of the city and the surroundings of the city.

The recommendation to visit the cable car is to go early in the morning, since the fog usually appears later. Be sure to wear a sweater or a good coat, because there is usually wind and cold weather.

At the base of the Cable Car is the Vulqano amusement park. If you have young children, it may be a good idea to book a little time after your trip to Pichincha Volcano.

4. City Museum: The place where you will learn the history of the city.

When visiting the museum of the city you will enter the history of Quito, taking a tour from the initial indigenous traditions, passing through the Incas, the time of the conquerors and until the 19th century.

This museum is a UNESCO world heritage site, located in a beautiful 16th century building, which was the San Juan de Dios Hospital.

5. Artisan Market La Mariscal: The largest artisan market in Quito, with a great variety of artisan products.

This is the largest craft market in Quito. If you are looking for souvenirs and gifts at attractive prices, then La Mariscal should definitely be on your list of tourist attractions in Quito. Some tourists say that it is a small Otavalo market within the city.

6. Itchimbia Park: The park with beautiful views and a cultural center.

Quito has many beautiful parks, but if you only have time to visit one, it should be the Itchimbia. This park is situated on a hill and offers incredible views of the city.

Its main attraction is the Itchimbia Cultural Center. It is a beautiful building made of iron and glass, there you can see art exhibitions and cultural events.

Other parks in Quito that you have to visit are Parque El Ejido and Parque La Carolina.

Which tourist attractions in Quito will you visit?

We hope you liked this article and add several of Quito’s tourist attractions to your itinerary for your next trip.

Also, we would love to know what are the attractions you plan to visit in Quito and what other places in Ecuador you are going to go.

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La Mariscal is one of the first Neighborhoods in Quito

La Mariscal one of the first neighborhoods in Quito

Cities are known and discovered through their neighborhoods, spaces that reveal many origins of the metropolis, as well as their transformations and future perspectives, this is the case of La Mariscal neighborhood. They transmit local identity and make visitors to fall in love with those places. Neighborhoods are the color and the flavor that you can experiment as a tourist.

La Mariscal, a complex and attractive territorial dynamism

One of these places is La Mariscal, a Neighborhood located in the north-center of the city of Quito, Ecuador, which evolved in the mid-20th century as a concept of urban development that left behind the colonial model of the historical downtown of Quito.

A model of private and public spaces traced its way, giving the first steps to a more complex territorial dynamism, and beyond all doubts, more attractive.

La Mariscal established as a neighborhood that agglomerates lots of Quito’s history and culture, so it’s the perfect place to visit and discover many attractions.

Museums of interest in La Mariscal

One of these interest places is Museum Abya Yala, which exhibits archeological elements and pieces, along with the city’s ethnography.

Museo Nacional del Ecuador also features the best plastic art treasures. With an inventory of around 800 sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographys. It’s a space that allows the tourist to discover many faces and social, economic, political and artistic expressions that makes Ecuador what it is today.

Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana is another museum you must visit, which is considered the most important and emblematic artistic and cultural institution in Ecuador. Its construction started in 1944 with the help of Bejamín Carrión, a Quito journalist, and the support from the former president of Ecuador Carlos Arroyo del Río.

Also, don’t forget to visit Centro Cultural Benjamin Carrion, a place that promotes philosophy and literature, as well as Archivo Histórico and Biblioteca del Museo  Nacional,  which both preserves Ecuador’s historical memory, which without doubts is in a bunch of Quito’s  places.

If you like independent films and productions, El Útero is a must visit place, as well as Microteatro UIO. Also, is worth visiting Galería Kingman, which has a vast collection from the great Ecuadorian master from 20th century, Eduardo Kingman, the “hand painter”.

Appreciate the gastronomy and visit the handicrafts market in La Mariscal

To enrich your visit to La Mariscal, the places to taste delicious dishes and buy handicrafts from Quito and Ecuador are a magnificent option.  Galería Ecuador Gourmet is the place where you’ll taste typical dishes, taste local coffee, chocolate with flavors and essences, and buy handicrafts, jewelry, cloths and many other high quality products made in Ecuador.

Mercado de artesanías GoRaymi, one of the biggest references of local products, is the perfect place to find unique souvenirs from the city, with bright and colorful fabrics, woven garments, rugs, paintings, hats, bags and jewelry with an infinite design selection.  For sure, this is a place full of life, tradition and national culture.

La Mariscal: a good place to begin your journey in Quito

You can explore the city and stay in this neighborhood, taking it as a starting point for your trip to Quito, appreciating the historical, economical and urban process, that transformed and turned the Ecuadorian capital into an exceptional, varied, diverse, fun, surprising, exquisite and very attractive metropolis; In a word, cosmopolitan.

An excellent choice to accommodate is Boutique Hotel Antinea, a first class, French style hotel located in La Mariscal, Quito.  The hotel is made up of two houses declared “Cultural Heritage of Quito”, in the most cozy and European street of Quito.