Quito Hotels, Ecuador
Quito is officially called San Francisco de Quito. It is the capital of Ecuador and in an elevation of over 9 thousand feet above see level - making it the highest official city in the whole world.
After Guayaquil City, Quito is the second most populated city of Ecuador. The center of Quito is known to have the largest, least-altered and well-preserved historic places in South America. In fact, UNESCO declared Quito as one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites along other historic centers in the world in 1978.
Along with Krakow, Quito is one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The center of Quito is located just around 25 kilometers south of the equator and the city itself extends to within one kilometer of 0 latitude. To mark this location, there is a monument and museum called 'la mitad del mundo' (the middle of the world) to avoid confusion since 'ecuador' is 'equator' in Spanish language.
It was believed that the Quitu tribe had occuppied the area and became a commercial center but was defeated by another tribe called the 'Caras' who founded the Kingdom of Quito in 980 AD. However, the kingdom became under the domination of the Incan Empire and became integrated with it. Later on, the Spaniards conquered them in the 16th century.
21st Century Quito
Beginning in 2002, the capital begun reconstructing its historical center, built a new airport (Mariscal Sucre International Airport) which is just 45 minutes from the capital itself.
After that, environmentally friendly buses were established (Ecovia) that traverse from the north to the south of the city. New avenues and roads were extended and constructed to ease the flow of traffic. In addition, a subway system is being constructed.
Hotels in Quito
Radisson Royal Quito Hotel
Hotel Reina Isabel
Hotel Inca Imperial
Mercure Grand Hotel Alameda
Howard Johnson La Carolina
Nu House Boutique Hotel
Lugano Suites Hotel
Hotel Boutique La Circasianan
Anahi Boutique Hotel
Le Parc Hotel
Hotel Fuente de Piedra
Find more nice hotels at this elevated city of South America.
Geography & Climate
The capital, Quito, is situated in the highlands of Ecuador. It is built on top of a long plateau. Quito lies in a valley which is surrounded by volcanoes, some of them covered by snow which are quite visible on a sunny day.
Pichincha Volcano is the closest one to the capital making the capital the only one which can be directly under threat to any eruption. In 2002, there was an eruption from another volcano that covered the city with with ash of several centimeters.
Due to the elevation of its location Quito has a faily nice cool temperature. It has an average of 18 degrees Celcius at noon and a normal temperature of 9.3 degrees Celcius at night. There is only wet (October through May) and dry (June through September) seasons.
Mode of Transportation
MetobusQ network is the bus rapid transit system in the capital that traverses the city from south to north. In addition to the bus system, other buses are also available.
Taxis. Taxi cabs are also available which are all yellow and each have meter machines.
Bicycle Sharing System. Since in 2012, the Municipality of Quito established this bicycle system for cyclist who want to move around the city through this mode of transportation.
Air Transport. The airport is located around 18 kilometers from the capital which is called Mariscal Sucre International Airport.
Subway and Railways are also constructed. The railroad is commonly used nowadways for tourism and goes through the southern part of Quito. The subway system is a metro subway system only in Quito. The construction of the system is being financed by international and regional entities.
Interesting Historic Sites
Carondelet Palace - seat of government of Ecuadorian republic and at the center of Quito
Basilica del Voto Nacional - This structure is the most popular Gothic building and was once the largest in the New World - American continent.
Cathedral of Quito - biggest religious structure which began its construction in the 16th century and was completed in the early 19th century. The catheral is where many presidents, bishops and priests have been buried.
Churc of La Compana de Jesus
El Panecillo - It is a hill with an altitude of over 3 thousand meters above sea level where one can find a statue of Virgin Mary on top of it. The Virgin statue is over 40 meters tall made of aluminum and it is called the Virgen de Legarda or Virgen del Panecillo.
More sites: La Mariscal, Plaza Foch, Parks: Metropolitano, Bicentenario, La Carolina, Guapulo, La Alameda, etc.
Outside the City
La Mitad del Mundo is the small village and considered the middle of the world, located 35 kilometers north of the capital.
Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve is located closer to La Mitad del Mundo and has the Pululahua Volcano whose crater is visible and accessible by car.
Quito Zoo is located in Guayllabamba and about 20 kilometers from Quito. One can find the largest collection of fauna in Ecuador including various species of animals that are endangered due to illegal trade.
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