Top Attractions in Quito

Most visitors stay in Quito for about 2 to 3 nights at most. Below are 9 must-see attractions in Quito:

  • El Panecillo, a 200-metre hill in Quito which offers a panoramic view in every direction
  • The historical city centre with more than 35 churches, colonial buildings and quaint alleyways
  • The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo also known as the Equator Monument located in the north of Quito

If you would like to spend more time exploring the city, we have some great ideas for you below!

Schauen Sie sich die ausdrucksstarken Bilder von Oswaldo Guayasamin an

Fundación Guayasamin  – This is a museum dedicated to displaying artworks by Oswaldo Guayasamin, one of Ecuador’s most acclaimed artists of all time. His residence located near the museum is also worth a visit. (Duration: Half day)

Eine atemberaubende Aussicht von der Seilbahn Teleferiqo in Quito

TelefériQo – This gondola ride takes you from the outskirts of Quito up 3050 metres to Volcano Pichincha. Hiking to the summit is also possible upon alighting. (Duration: full day)

Die imposante neugotische Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito

Basílica del Voto Nacional – The Basilica of the National Vow is one of the few churches in the world that is entirely funded through tax. There is a café in the tower where you can enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the panoramic view of the city. It is also the biggest neo-Gothic basilica in South America (duration: 1 hour)

Farben und Gerüche - Erleben Sie den Markt mit allen Sinnen

Mercado Santa Clara – This market offers every fresh produce you can find throughout Ecuador as well as goods and handicrafts from indigenous markets. There are also cooked food stalls where you can have your breakfast and lunch. The market sells everything from fruits, herbs, vegetables to household items. It is open daily in an indoor hall. (Duration: 1 hour)

Ob frisches Gemüse, Haushaltswaren oder Spielzeug - der Zentralmarkt in Quito bietet einfach alles

Mercado Central – Located at the edge of the historical city centre, Mercado Central is a place where they sell absolutely everything and anything you need (sometimes not)! Even if you do not intend to purchase something, it is a great place to meet locals and interact with them. (Duration: half day)

Vielfältige Farben und Formen - Shopping- und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in Ecuador

Mercado Artesanal – This is a great market to get souvenirs, especially if you are not traveling to other places in Ecuador. Here is where you can haggle to your heart’s content! (Duration: 2 hours)

Quito Sehenswürdigkeit - der Botanische Garten

Quito Botanical Gardens – Located in the north of Quito, the Botanical Gardens provides a great introduction to the amazing and exotic flora in Ecuador. We highly recommend having a look at their splendid orchid garden. (Duration: half day)

Eine besondere Quito Sehenswürdigkeit - Das Yaku Wassermuseum

Yaku Water Park Museum – This exciting water park is the perfect place for families with children. The museum is located where the Incas used to perform their ceremonial baths. (Duration: half day)

Der wunderschöne Stadtbezirk Guapolo - eine Sehenswürdigkeit in Quito

Guapolo – It is a district in Quito with a wonderful blend of art and history. It has an impressive 17th century monastry, a rather alternative art scene as well as narrow winding streets with shops and cafes. Guapolo is best discovered with a tour guide who can show you less known places and hidden gems! (Duration: half day)

A subway is currently underway in Quito and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. However, until then, it is still easier to explore the city on a guided tour. The top attractions in Quito mentioned are included in the tours below.