Quito Sights

A word on terminology: Quiteños don't use the Old City/New City designations coined by the English-speaking tourism industry. The colonial heart of the city is the Centro or Centro Histórico. To the north lies an amorphous sprawl of modern neighborhoods, most notably comfortable Bellavista and La Floresta, and the bustling La Mariscal.

Another word on maps: Quito's north-south elongation

makes it a difficult fit for maps, most of which rotate the orientation 90-degrees clockwise. (We do this, too.) Notice that north usually lies to the right of the page on city maps.

Quito has two parallel systems of address numbering: The official scheme employs small green-and-white signs affixed to every building using directions denoted N, S, E, and Oe (for oeste, or west) and followed by a number to denote distance from the city center. Locations in the outer reaches of the city always express their addresses this way; in the center city, people stubbornly stick with the old sequential numbering system.

To help you navigate all this, the phenomenal Quito Turismo, a joint venture between the city government and its police, operates several tourist offices or stands in the city, and offers guided walking tours of the Old City. The Ministry of Tourism's iTur office sits in an out-of-the-way location and has little but a few maps and brochures. A private membership organization of note is South American Explorers, with an amazing selection of information about Ecuador (as well as branch clubhouses in Lima and Cusco, Peru, and Buenos Aires, Argentina).

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Basílica del Voto Nacional

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Construction of this neo-Gothic church has been going on for more than a century, but it still isn't completed, and never will be: Local...

Calle de la Ronda

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Here's a textbook case in how to do urban renewal: The city has taken one of its most historic streets, swept away the prostitutes and...

Casa de Sucre

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The restored Sucre House, once the residence of Field Marshal Antonio José de Sucre, displays 19th-century furniture and clothing as...

Casa del Alabado

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With a collection of pieces that date back to 4,000 years ago, this private museum of Pre-Colombian art is organized in a non-traditional...

Catedral

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The city's cathedral is a repository of art from the Quiteña school, which combined themes of Spanish and indigenous cultures: Jesus...

El Panecillo

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The opening of the New City's Teleferiqo has eclipsed this rounded hill (the bread roll) and its stunning views as Quito's most popular...

Fundación Guayasamín and Capilla del Hombre

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Ecuador's most famous contemporary artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), held court at a workshop and beautiful museum in the residential...

Guápulo

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Nestled in a secluded valley below the Guayasamín museums, the village of Guápulo is a preserved pocket of colonial architecture only...

Iglesia Parroquial del Sagrario

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The Church of the Shrine is noted for its beautiful facade in carefully sculpted stone, large gilded altar, and colorful interior, which...

Iglesia de San Agustín

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In 1809 Ecuador's declaration of independence was signed in the Church of St. Augustine, and many of the soldiers who fought the Spanish...

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