Perhaps lacking the level of global recognition enjoyed by its bordering South American counterparts, Quito’s unassuming and distinctly modest character is what makes the city so undisputedly likeable. And yet Quito has so much to offer, from its magnitude of churches, museums, romantic plazas and spiritual convents, the colonial structures alone are enough to merit a visit. Take a guided tour of the Presidential Palace or climb the steps of Basilica del Voto Nacional for panoramic views of a city framed by mountain peaks and the shadow of Pichincha volcano.
Ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, the Old Town is the top attraction to visit; donning a distinctly laid back vibe, the chatter of stall vendors, street performers, hawkers and working locals is mesmerising. Combine the Old Town with a trip to Mitad del Mundo, ‘The Middle of the World’, located at 0° latitude, here you can stand on the equator - amidst the heat and the dust, admire the monument and revel in the fact you weigh less here than anywhere else in the world.