Ecuador 2009 - Quito

Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is situated 2,850 meters above sea level in the Andes Mountains in the northern part of the country. With a population of 2,671,191, according to the last census (2014), Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. After I arrived in Quito from Galápagos, I grabbed a taxi at the airport and went to Hotel Eugenia, situated in Mariscal, or "new town" Quito. I stayed four days in Quito. The first day I took the Quito Teleferico, a cable car system taking you above the city (4,050 meters). From the summit at Cruz Loma, you have an excellent view of the city and the surrounding mountains. After returing down, I took a taxi to the historic center. Old town 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. The third day I went to Mindo Valley north of Quito to search for hummingbirds (separate page). A surely great day in the Andes cloud rainforest ! The last day I stayed in Mariscal. Quito was a nice city, and I felt much more safe here than in Guayaquil, where I arrived from Europe before the flight to Galápagos.



Plaza de la Independencia, historic Quito


Plaza de la Independencia, Quito

Presidential Palace, Plaza de la Independencia, Quito


Plaza Colonial, Quito

The Basilica of the National, Quito, Ecuador


San Francisco Church, Quito

The Church of the Society of Jesus, Quito


Oldtown Quito

Oldtown Quito



Quito street shopping



Guards, Quito




What's up today?




Quito street


Quito street

Quito Teleferico. The cable car The Teleferico reaches 4,050 meters on the summit of Cruz Loma


At 4,100 meters above sea level

Quito from Cruz Loma


Mountains above Quito

Mountain vegetation


At Cruz Loma above Quito