The Central Highlands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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El Salado

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Baños is Spanish for "baths," and there are several thermal springs in town. The town's official name is Baños de Agua Santa (Baths...

La Iglesia de la Virgen del Agua Santa

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In the heart of town, the twin spires of La Iglesia de la Virgen del Agua Santa rise above the tree-lined plaza. The church, whose black-and...

Museo Huillancuna

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A few blocks from the church is the small but interesting Museo Huillancuna, a museum that has exhibits about pre-Columbian ceramics,...

Museo de Arte Religioso

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Across the street from Parque de la Concepción, the Museo de Arte Religioso is housed in the beautifully restored Iglesia de la Concepción.

Parque 21 de Abril

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The hill in the center of the Parque 21 de Abril affords an excellent view of the city. On clear days you'll have eye-popping views of...

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi

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Folks here will tell you that Cotopaxi, at 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level, is the highest active volcano in the world. Technically...

Parque Pasochoa

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Parque Pasochoa, a protected area administered by the Quito-based Fundación Natura, covers 988 acres of high Andean forest. More than...

Parque de la Concepción

  • Market/Bazaar

There are good buys at the tourist-oriented Saturday market held in the Parque de la Concepción. Look for embroidered belts, hand-knit...

Termas de Papallacta

  • Bath/Hot Spring

A stunning drive over the eastern range of the Andes brings you to the village of Papallacta. A mile beyond you'll find the Termas de...

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