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Quito Ecuador

Quito Ecuador, Virgen del PanecilloQuito the Metropolitan District at 10,000 ft (2850 m) is the capital of the Republic of Ecuador. Quito is flanked by majestic mountains, and on a clear day, several snowcapped volcanoes are visible in the distance. Despite the fact that it's only 22km south of the equator, Quito's elevation gives it a wonderful spring like climate year-round. In Quito the temperature ranges from 7 degrees C (55 F) at night to 26 C (78 F) at noon, and averages 15 C (64 F). There are two seasons, wet and dry. The wet season is called winter and the dry is considered summer. Quito's summer lasts about 4 months, from the end of June to September.

Quito colonial

Quito's colonial center, declared a World Cultural Heritage site by Unesco, is equally splendid. Strictly controlled development has kept it wonderfully preserved, and its bustling street life is an exciting contradiction of tradition and chaotic modernity jammed together in one of South America's most spectacular colonial centers.

Quito colonial is a fascinating place to visit during the day when you can enter the many churches, convents and museums, as well as a fabulous place to come see colorfully lit at night and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and dinner. The plaza is bordered by the Palacio de Gobierno, the Cathedral and religious buildings, and the Government Palace. The Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in South America, and has been repaired and remodeled countless times due to earthquake damage.  On the Plaza San Francisco, a few blocks from the Plaza de la Independencia, is the Monastery of San Francisco, the oldest colonial building in Quito. There, too, is the ornate, gold decorated La Compañia church. There are many churches in the old town area, most built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Be sure to visit El Sagrario, recently renovated, Santo Domingo, La Merced, La Basilica and the monasteries of San Augustin and San Diego for their museums.

Quito Northern

Quito northThe northern part of Quito is where the main business district of the city is located. It also contains upper-middle class neighborhoods and a substantial number of buildings. It is also where major recreational areas and the international airport are located. The area around Avenida Amazonas comprises most of Quito’s modern business and tourist area. You find there anything from banks, travel agencies, airlines, hotels and souvenir shops to excellent restaurants, bookshops and galleries well worth seeing. continues...

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