Ecuador - Top Attractions in Quito

Quito Highlights - our suggestions

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)

Agricultural produce is sold in the markets in regional Ecuador

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)

Otavalo Markets are known for the colourful patterns and incredible textiles - Shopping 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.

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Otavalo Artists

Best of Ecuador: Andes, Coastlines and Cloud Forests

Duration: 18 - 18 days
Highlights: Otavalo Markets, Condor Park, Cuicocha Lagoon, Mangrove Forests

Prepare to be inspired as you experience Ecuador's breathtaking landscapes. Departing every Friday

From 1330,- USD
Price per person
Chimborazo Volcano during sunset

Ecuador by Car - classic routing

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: Volcanos, Endemic markets, Devil's Nose, Ingapirca - Inca Ruins

Individual round trip along the Avenue of the Volcanoes - Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Chimborazo, Alausí, Cuenca, Guayaquil

From 1730,- USD
Price per person
Chimborazo

Volcano Summit Striker: Cotopaxi and Chimborazo +3

Duration: 10 - 18 days
Highlights: Acclimitisation, Experienced Mountain Guides, Pasochoa Summit - 4,200 meters, Guagua Pichincha Summit - 4,794 meters, Iliniza North Summit - 5,116 meters, Cotopaxi Summit - 5,897 meters, Relaxation Day, Baños, Whymper Refuge, Chimborazo - 5,000 meters, Chimborazo Summit - 6,310 meters, Daily Departures, Group Appointments by Request, Incredible Landscapes, Includes Transfers, Includes Park Entrance Fees

Experience a unique Andean panorama from the peaks of the Ecuadorian volcanoes.

From 2010,- USD
Price per person
Lagunas de Ozogoche

Ecuador Rental Car Round Trip: 6 National Parks

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights: Hotel car park , Exchangeable stops and activities, Flexible activities

Visit all six amazing national parks in the Andes by car. All stops are interchangeable.

From 2770,- USD
Price per person
Avenue of the Volcanoes

Scenery and Society: Quito, Amazon, Andes and the Coast

Duration: 14 - 18 days
Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Quito, Yasuni or Cuyabeno National Park, Andes panorama, Amazon Rainforest, Avenue of Volcanoes, Devil's Nose

Experience the diverse landscapes, rich history and intriguing culture of Ecuador

From 3070,- USD
Price per person
Tzamarenda Naychapi

Ecuador Intensive: Learn Spanish and Meet the Shaman

Duration: 14 - 16 days
Highlights: Quito - UNESCO Cultural World Heritage, Language Classes with excursions, Shaman Rituals in the Amazon Rainforest, Adventure City - Baños, Cotopaxi

Learn Spanish in the world heritage city of Quito, then discover the secrets of the Amazon

From 3420,- USD
Price per person
Parrots at Guango Lodge

Bird Paradise Ecuador: Cloud Forest, Amazon and Coast

Duration: 15 - 20 days
Highlights: Tucans, 250 Hummingbird species, 1/6 of all bird species worldwide , Cloud Forest, Amazon Rainforest, Yasuní National Park, Parrots, 270 bird species , Machalilla national park, Frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Red-footed boobies and pelicans, Quito - Cultural World Heritage Site, Guayaquil

Discover the birds of the Cloud Forest, Amazon Rainforest and Machalilla National Park

From 3430,- USD
Price per person
El Oro Parakeet

Ecuador's Southern Bird Reserve Tour

Duration: 9 - 14 days
Highlights: Jocotoco antpitta, Podocarpus National Park, Tapichalaca Reserve, Black-breasted puffleg hummingbirds, Utuana region, Jorupe Reserve, Buenaventura Reserve, Choco- and Tumbes region, Coati, Yanacocha Reserve

The reserves in the south of Ecuador show a unique variety of bird species.

From 3590,- USD
Price per person
Zaruma

Copy of Ecuador Complete: 5 Week Road Trip

Duration: 32 - 42 days
Highlights: Vilcabamba, Zaruma, Isla de la Plata

Explore the natural wonder of Ecuador with this extraordinary itinerary

From 3660,- USD
Price per person
City of Guayaquil

Rental car tour to/from Guayaquil

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights:

Begin your rental car tour from Guayaquil and visit the best highlights in Ecuador along the way.

From 3710,- USD
Price per person