Formally known as San Francisco de Quito is the capital city of Ecuador which is situated at an elevation of 9,350 feet from sea level is one of the most compelling cities in Latin America. Nestled in a long, narrow valley in Andes with Pichincha to the west, Quito enjoys a spectacular natural setting with a mix of colonial and modern architecture creates a fascinating mix of environment which is enough to strike you speechless. It is the highest capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978. After the massive restoration that spruced up buildings and churches provide a new lease of life to theaters and museums and made the old town magnificent with its old glory.
In addition to being the administrative, legislative and judicial seat of government Quito is also the cultural capital of country with an impressive selection of museums, festivals and beautiful nightlife. Quito is most often visited for its proximity to the celebrated middle of the world at equator line. In addition to this, Quito’s Old City (Centro Histórico) is also among major attraction which boasts exquisite Spanish colonial architecture that makes it a photographer’s delight. It is dotted with cathedrals and is wrapped by Andes Valley which makes it truly magnificent.
Most visitors love to explore this site which is also a UNESCO heritage site and has biggest colonial sections which is quite impressive. The city is laid out according to Spanish planning with the central plaza as the heart of community. The central square called Plaza de la Independencia, which is surrounded by regal mansions. Many festive events take place over here. Standing proudly in front of plaza is the Carondelet Palace, which is the seat of government. The plaza is bordered by Palacio de Gobierno, the cathedral and Palacio Presidencial. The cathedral is the oldest in South America which has been renovated several times due to earthquakes. Heroes of independence are honored over here and several presidents are buried here.
Parque El Ejido is one of the beautiful parks of city which is dividing the old and new city. On weekend the park is fairly crowded with visitors shopping for art, jewelry and crafts. Children are busy playing games while adults enjoy sun and entertainment of bustling park. You can spend your leisure time over here or rent a bike and ride down the streets leading to El Ejido. Another big and beautiful park is La Carolina which is located right outside of two major shopping malls in Quicentro is a gorgeous green space of 67 hectares. The park is huge and boasts many different types of athletic fields. It is a great place to enjoy picnics or rest for a while after a shopping spree.
Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi National Park also known as Cotopaxi Volcano national park lies 53 kilometers southeast of Quito is the second most visited national park in Ecuador. Its main attraction is a volcano which is still active, stands at a towering 19,000 feet above the sea level and is surrounded by valleys, rivers and lagoons. Referred to by the Incas as the “Neck of the moon”, the volcano has had over dozen recorded eruptions making it the most volatile volcano in South America. Its height and activeness does not deter many climbers who attempt to climb it. If you are one among them then just don’t miss a chance and grab best deal discounted on business class flights to Quito and enjoy an amazing journey to this beautiful city
Basilica of the National Vow
Among several things that mesmerize visitors in Quito, the most abundant are its churches . It is said that there are as many 86 churches in city and each of them has its own unique architecture, style and elegance. Among them Basilica del Voto Nacional is quite fascinating. Also known as “La Basilica” The construction began on 10th July 1892 for this church and the major construction took place between 1892 through 1909 is a Roman Catholic Church is still incomplete. The residents believe that the day this church is completed is the day the world will end.