Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters above sea level), it is one of the highest official capital cities in the world. It was founded in 1534 and the population is currently about 2,671,191 – second biggest city after Guayaquil. The city was named after Quitus – pre-Columbian indigenous peoples who were living in this area originally.
In 2008, the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978 for the unique landscape and architecture. We are located in the heart of the old town and it is very easy to explore all the main attractions on foot. We can either take you around ourselves or advise a free walking tour run by a fellow hostel.
While you are in Quito
Things to do in Quito and around
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