Things to do in Quito
Ecuador’s capital always makes for an exciting trip. Sitting at a high elevation in the Andean foothills, this city’s foundations are an ancient Incan city. History buffs will find no better place – Quito is also home to a beautifully preserved colonial center and gorgeous 16th century churches with a wide variety of architectural styles.
Vinnie's Van GO has put together a guide of all the best spots in Quito. Check out Vinnie's list of festivals, tours, restaurants, and landmarks in Ecuador:
Founding of Quito Festival
December 6th holds Quito’s biggest annual event, the commemoration of the city by the Spanish. Preceded by weeks of bullfighting and flamenco dancing in the Plaza de Toros, a short shuttle ride away, Quito comes to a standstill on the day to make way for massive dance parties.
Every year the weekend preceding Ash Wednesday is a great time to be in Quito – as long as you don’t mind getting wet! The carnival is celebrated by city-wide water fights and parades.
During Easter Week, vibrant religious processions take over Quito. A quarter of a million spectators gather to watch the Jesus de Gran Poder procession, where 800 purple and pink-robed Cucurochos carry the image of Jesus to Quito’s cathedral. This holy week is not to be missed.
Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa is a multi-use stadium in Quito. With room for 35,000 people, this stadium is the place in Ecuador to catch a soccer match.
Avenida 6 de Diciembre y Naciones Unidas S/N
Quito 170135, Ecuador
If you’re in the mood for beautiful views, this gondola ride up the side of Pichincha Volcano to the observation deck is a must-do. The ten minute ride will give you the best possible views of the city and mountainous landscape.
Compañía de Jesús
Also known as The Church of the Society of Jesus, this 17th century Spanish baroque church is one of Ecuador’s most iconic. The interior is ornately gilded, and known the world over to be an architectural marvel.
Garcia Moreno y Sucre
Quito 170401, Ecuador
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
This historic stone monument is just a shuttle ride away from Quito in the San Antoñio parish of the canton of Quito. Commemorating the first Geodesic Mission of the French Academy of Sciences, this monument is a popular spot to visit.
For a guided experience of Quito, Vinnie Van GO has pulled together some of his favorites. For a culinary experience of Ecuador’s finest, the Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class is a fantastic way to spend the day. If you’ve already eaten a big lunch, there are also plenty of free walking tours around the city. If you want to get out of Quito and see the countryside, Latin Adventures Day Tours is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle.
Café Galería is the place to go if you want truly authentic Ecuadorian cuisine. This small restaurant and café is a local favorite, and by visiting you’ll be supporting local and traditional Ecuadorian products.
Quito 170143, Ecuador
Chez Tiff craft Chocolate
Canada has a rich culinary history and culture, and there’s no better place to try it out than at Maison Publique. The chef is a prominent ambassador for Canadian cooking, and this gastropub is where you can try out his best recipes.
Calle La Ronda, Quito
Ocho y medio
This twenty year old restaurant is a Montréal staple, and one of the best places for French cuisine in Canada. This upscale restaurant is perfect for an elegant business dinner or night out.
Valladolid N24-353 & Vizcaya