With 2.6 million inhabitants, the capital Quito is Ecuador’s largest city after Guayaquil in the south. It nestles between volcanic peaks high in the Andes at an altitude of 2,850m (9,350ft) making it one of the highest cities in the world, so during Quito holidays take things slowly at first to acclimatise to the altitude.
Quito is famous for its stunning historic centre, the best preserved and most important on the continent. On holidays to Quito you will find over 100 monumental buildings housing wonderful collections of art and sculpture. There are also some twenty churches and convents, each with their own architectural twist on the colonial style. On the Independence Square or Plaza Grande you can enjoy the superb Archbishop’s Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Municipal Building and much more. This is a truly exceptional example of civic conservation at its best and do not miss the immense Basilica del Voto National, once the largest in the Americas.
The famous Indian Market at Otavalo in the northeast is another must-see on holidays to Quito & Otavalo. It offers a wonderful variety of brightly hand woven textiles, ponchos and hats made by the indigenous community, together with the leather goods of Cotacachi.
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