Quito is Ecuador’s capital and second largest city and was originally founded in 1534 by the Spanish. It is known for having some of the finest examples of colonial and post-colonial architecture in South America, despite the damage suffered in the 1917 earthquake, and its brilliantly preserved historic city center was one of the first to be chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Quito is a fantastic base from which to explore western South America. It provides easy access to the surrounding Andes Mountains, in addition to having daily flights to the Galápagos Islands. While in Quito, you can also take the opportunity to investigate the incredible local historical sites and churches, explore the beautiful local parks, visit the nearby “Middle of the World” monument and Quito Zoo, or trek in the surrounding ecological reserves, wildlife refuges, or national parks.
Peruse some of our suggested itineraries and properties, and let your Ker & Downey travel expert help you create a custom Ecuadorian itinerary to experience the beauty of Quito.
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From the Andes Mountains to the pristine beaches of the Galapagos Islands, explore Grand Ecuador with Ker & Downey on this nine day excursion. Interact with Ecuadorian natives on this journey, among them the brilliant Andean artisans in Otavalo, land iguanas at Dragon Hill and Galapagos penguins on Pinnacle Rock … Read more
The countryside of Ecuador comes to life on this picturesque nine-day journey. Discover the rural villages outside of Quito, the Amazon’s lush jungle, and end at the doorstep of the Andean Highlands. Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance: Day 1: Arrive Quito / Casa … Read more
Awaken your soul and your sense of adventure on this 13 day trip through the streets of Quito and Otavalo learning history and culture; then it’s off to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/Y La Pinta and the wild of the Ecuadorian Amazon at the eco-friendly jungle hideaway, Mashpi Lodge. … Read more
This 12 day itinerary begins with Quito, where you can explore the local culture and history. Continue on to the Galápagos Islands aboard the luxurious M/V Galapagos Legend for a four night cruise of these remarkable islands before exploring Cuenca’s Incan ruins … Read more
Your 15 day adventure begins in Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Discover mystical Machu Picchu, the rich culture and people of Quito, and finally, experience a Darwinian odyssey along the volcanic beaches of the Galapagos and cruise the islands in style aboard the M/Y Grand Odyssey … Read more