Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. It is the highest capital city in the world. This center was, together with the historic center of Krakow in Poland the first to be declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 18 September 1978.

In 2006 Quito went through a massive restoration that spruced up historic theaters, churches and made the old town’s sketchy street safe to explore and visit again. Despite the restoration, the old town character that defines it still remains the same. Quito's greatest treasures are its temples and convents, real samples of the mixture of Spanish and Indian culture. The Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito Ecuador is located downtown and is considered one of the most important pieces of the New-gothic architecture in Ecuador.

Carondelet Palace is the seat of government of the Republic of Ecuador located in the historical center of Quito, Plaza International. The cobblestone streets surrounding the Palace offer endless opportunities to explore the culture and history of Ecuador, with plenty of Museums, Cathedrals, Shops and Restaurants.  The guides at MVI can personally guide you on a walking tour, or recommend places to visit based on your tastes.

Fun Facts

  • Quito's location at the Equator and Altitude provide a year round spring like climate
  • The currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar
  • Some of the mountains surrounding Quito are active volcanoe