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One of the richest and most complex ecosystems in the world, Ecuador's tropical rainforest is home to more than 35,000 species of plants, the largest variety of amphibians in the world, and around 500 species of birds. It's the perfect place to explore the tropical forest, go exotic bird watching or fishing, visit some of the colorful indigenous people to hear about their ancient traditions and culture, learn about the area's rich collection of medicinal plants, or join a nocturnal tour to discover what magic the forest hides at night. Keep your camera handy and your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, tapirs, and ocelots.
Founded in 1534 on ancient aboriginal ruins dating back to 1500 BC, Quito is Ecuador's capital and one of the first two cities in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at an altitude of about 10,000 feet and sandwiched between two mountain ranges, Quito's fascinating Old City is the largest in the Americas and a showcase of the rich legacy left behind by the Incas and Spaniards. Home to no fewer than 40 churches, 17 squares, 16 convents and monasteries, excellent museums, restaurants, and terrace cafés, there's plenty to see and do. Highlights include Independence Square with its imposing cathedral; La Compania de Jesus Church with its lacework stone façade; San Francisco Plaza Church, the oldest in Quito; and the basilica with its stunning stained-glass windows.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Quito. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Quito and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Quito insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Owning a “toquilla hat” means owning a piece of myth and legend. Visit this local outlet for renowned Cuenca hat manufacturer, Ortega and Sons, for the best hats hand-woven in Ecuador since 1899.
Held every weekend, this market sells everything from handmade jewelry to carved wood. But it’s famous for its paintings depicting Quito’s city scenes. If you want a piece of art to remember your visit to Quito, this is the place to go.
For a true taste of Quito, visit the vegetable, herb, and flower stands of this colorful farmer’s market. You can even purchase a locally woven basket to carry home your loot.
Whether you sit inside by the fireplace or outside by the garden, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Quito while savoring traditional Ecuadorian dishes like lamb stew and fried bananas.
This quiet street in one of Quito’s best-preserved sections winds around 18th-century stucco houses with brightly colored balconies. It offers the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll.
Locals venture to this charming square on the weekends to listen to storytellers and delight in jugglers and mimes.
Tucked in a residential area of Quito, this museum features the works of Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of Ecuador’s most famous and prolific modern artists.
A British pub, La Reina Victoria, is practically the only place in Quito where you can get a draft beer. Enjoy a pint and a game of darts.
If you’d like to take home some Ecuadorian literature or photo books, this bookstore carries an extensive collection of books in both Spanish and English.
Located in Av Fosch between Amazonas and Reina Victoria, you’ll discover lots of good restaurants and cocktail bars here. Sometimes concerts are held in the square.
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