Quito Old Town

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This historic district was the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is noted for its narrow streets, Spanish colonial architecture and historic attractions.
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Sophie & Paul
Montreal, Canada203 contributions
Somewhat free from the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic, and initially scheduled for April of 2020, my wife and I finally embarked on our South American trip to Quito and the Galapagos Islands, in the beautiful country of Ecuador.
Quito is a city worth seeing but we highly recommend using a guide. It will cost you about 100$ per person (if you are a couple), per day, but it will save time and frustration trying to make your way from one point of interest to another. We were immensely satisfied with the services of our guide from “Tours by Local”. Do remember that Quito is a high-altitude city of close to 2850 meters (9350ft.), so take it slow and pace yourselves. For some, higher elevations may mean greater difficulty in breathing, sleeping, headaches, or a combination of all. From old Spanish colonial and religious sites, to overseeing the city from the mountain top, tasting your way through culinary delights, and above all people that are friendly and kind, Quito has much to offer for the quasi “off-beaten-path” traveler. As Quito is no different from any other city of importance throughout the world, vigilance is recommended. Some quarters should not be walked alone (as a couple or individually) after dark. Otherwise, have an experience of a life time.
Written April 18, 2022
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Victoria W
Houston, TX137 contributions
I have been to a ton of different cities colonized by the Spanish that lead to a similar type of architecture more or less - Bogotá, Cartagena, Lima, Arequipa, Havana, San Juan, Granada, León, Ciudad de Panamá, Ciudad de México, Mérida, etc.. I can confidently say that Quito has some of the most extensive and well preserved networks of buildings. There's a reason it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site! I would recommend spending weekdays here as that's when it's most busy - on the weekends it gets kind of desolate and there aren't a lot of businesses open.
Written February 23, 2022
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Mayra
Ibarra, Ecuador5 contributions
Quito is a beautiful city and also the one that saw me born. It has several tourist places to visit such as the Carolina park, which is a place for strolling and tranquility, a clean and well-preserved public park, well-cared for plants and landscaping and well-respected. Another place is the bun, where you can see the landmarks, its morphology and fabric of this entire colonial city, it is a gem. The Quito cable car, we buy tickets at the box office for $ 7 each, each cabin fits 6 people so boarding is relatively fast, the climb is impressive, in just 15 minutes you climb from the 3117 meters high in the start at 3945 m. Once up there is a cafeteria with impressive views and a beautiful viewpoint called de los Volcanes, because if the day is clear you can see a few of those that surround the city of Quito. Another place that is worth visiting is half the world, a place designed to attract tourists, with a supposed line that indicates half the world, it has a good infrastructure throughout the walk. It really exceeds our expectations, the $ 5.00 entrance fee is well worth it, the great museums, the shops, the train tour, the monuments, the food and the people make it a beautiful experience to get to know. Highly recommended

Quito has its very old streets, that is to say, colonial streets that are worth visiting and enjoying the atmosphere that it gives us, recommended to visit and walk with the family.
Written October 2, 2020
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Sofia M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India29 contributions
The city takes you back in time because it has so much history, it is also one of a kind UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can explore the city on foot, see new galleries, and smell amazing freshly baked goods on each corner. There are some really interesting museums, shops and churches. The most people-friendly place and safe to explore the city.
Written August 9, 2022
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perhaps
Rockville, MD60 contributions
Getting there! Our group of five families made a scene together on the way to Quito, capital of Ecuador. On average, we spent 5 hours of each day on the bus except one day in Amazon. The main benefit of having a large group was having our own bus. We had a great time! The roads in Ecuador were nice, lighted and clean, many stretch of the road similar to roads heading to North in Iran! We went from altitude of 3000 to 10,000 to 600 in our travels. A few got altitude sickness but nothing stopped the show! The icing on the cake was our main guide Wilson (Wilo) Tituana from
Gate 1 Travel. For the 8 nights and days, he cared for every aspect of our trip, he made sure we are all safe, he took us to fun places some of which was not part of our formal itinerary and he felt like a big brother who kindly shared his vast knowledge of Ecuador's many aspects with us. I feel like I have a good friend. Thank you Wilo for doing such an amazing job!
Day 2- Visiting Colonial Quito and walk through its cobblestone streets, the 7 tons golden Basilica and the ice cream making on the way to the Middle of the World!
Ecuator! Where you have one foot in Southern Hemisphere and one on the North! Very nice complex with various exhibits, nice shops and nicer coffee shop! We had lunch on our own and did I mention the coffee was really good?!
Wilo bought a huge bunch of roses and he made kids and hubbies to give it to the ladies! Roses are one of the main exports for Ecuador! I don’t see roses as big and full here in the U.S.
Written February 11, 2020
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blacklocus
Chesley, Canada73 contributions
You can easily visit this quarter either staying locally at one of the Hostals (inexpensive) or hotels or take one of the bus lines to this area. Buses are very cheap US 25 cents for adults. Wise to run the three main networks from one end of the city to another in non peak times. It is so cheap and you can visit parks or sites and for another quarter jump on again. Best deal around and way to get an overview.
Written January 19, 2020
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Faye G
Brea, CA501 contributions
We had a nice, long walk through the Old Town. It was extremely hot & humid in late February, but did not rain. Many beautiful building to feast our eyes upon. Love the architecture. Love the park place. Unique area.
Written July 8, 2020
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County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA2,996 contributions
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I had read a few reviews here and elsewhere that the Old Town area is not safe. Our hotel was located in Old Town and my wife and I were out walking both during the day and early afternoon. We felt perfectly safe as there were always a lot of people around and law enforcement was visible especially near the Plaza de la Independencia. If you don’t flash cash and take precautions like keeping phones and wallets in front pockets, you should be fine. Get out and walk and enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Written July 20, 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,231 contributions
The old town was founded in 1534 by Spanish settlers on the ruins of an Inca town. 200 years later urban architect Dionisio Alcedo y Herrera designed the original city plan, which is still intact until this day. At the time a modern plan with the pattern of a chessboard, but fitting the slopes of nearby Pichincha volcano and Itchimbia and El Panecillo hills.

Not only the old colonial structures are still there, but also traditional crafts and know-how developed over centuries are preserved by the people who have been living in the old town for generations. Another reason why the old town is on the UNESCO world heritage list is the influence of the Baroque school of Quito which can be observed in the many Spanish style churches and institutions. Especially the interiors of the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía is staggering.

Cars and buses were not planned to take space in the old town. Hope that the authorities will eventually take motorized vehicles out. Now only on Sunday mornings there is no black smoke and noise, as only pedestrians and cyclists are allowed in most of the old town. Wonderful to walk around in fresh air.

Keep in mind that the old town is in the 'poor' area of Quito and after 9PM almost deserted. The modern town is towards the north.
Written January 30, 2020
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CasaHoffa
Huatulco, Mexico10,984 contributions
We met-up with good friends in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This beautiful colonial city is filled with wonderful architecture, churches, plazas, shops, restaurants and it is the greatest historic center in South America. Allow yourself a day or two to accommodate to the high altitude.
Written October 28, 2020
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