Named from the Quitus tribe who lived here in the pre-Colombian era, Quito was subsequently the capital of the Incas’ northern empire before Spanish conquistadors took over in 1534. It is now a World Cultural Heritage Site, which has preserved the superb colonial architecture, but there is also a modern side to the city, offering an experience of present-day Ecuadorian city life.
Reasons to visit Quito include:
Located in the heart of the old town of Quito with fine views over the city, the Casa Gagontena has been beautifully restored to set a new standard for style and elegance.
This beautifully restored hacienda with its attractive gardens makes a perfect base for exploring this part of the northern Andes.
Hacienda Rumiloma offers a warm welcome in a relaxing setting high above the city of Quito.
Hotel el Relicario del Carmen is a small, welcoming hotel in the historic heart of Quito.
La Casona de la Ronda is a charming colonial house dating back to the 18th century in the heart of historic Quito.
Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda is a modern hotel in the commercial district of Quito, convenient for the historic sites of the city and the airport.
Situated in the heart of the historic old city of Quito surrounded by churches, museums, and national monuments.
This luxury boutique hotel lies in the heart of Quito's historic district.
One of Quito's finest hotels, Swissotel provides top quality accommodation, facilities and services just 45 minutes from the international airport
Termas Papallacta Spa and Resort is located in a beautiful Andean valley and offers modern comforts and a range of relaxing and revitalising treatments.
Time: GMT -5 hours
There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.
Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.