Discover the Middle of the World, Quito
The first city to be named a World Heritage Cultural Site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito showcases a unique combination of old and new with numerous attractions spread throughout a diverse and alluring landscape. The capital city is a thriving destination that represents a unique combination of old and new and has much to offer to its visitors, including authentic culture and rich indigenous and Hispanic traditions, which are experienced in every corner of the city through its exquisite gastronomy, art, museums, theaters, architecture, boutiques and much more. Its beautifully preserved Historic Center boasts impressive colonial architecture, including several churches and convents now open to the public, as well as plazas, boutiques, hotels and restaurants. Set at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, Quito also enjoys breathtaking views of the Andes as well as a rich ecosystem with Cloud forests and lakes that are home to a variety of flora and fauna.