Things to Do in Quito
With frequent Copa Airlines flights to Quito, you’ll soon be enjoying some of our favorite things to do in Quito. Nestled in a high Andean valley surrounded by towering peaks and active volcanoes, Quito is a beguiling mix of old and new. Travel back in time while walking the ancient streets of colonial Quito. Marvel at the ornate alters and artworks inside La Compañía de Jesús and Iglesia de San Francisco churches, before heading to the Fundación Guayasamín to gaze upon the art and archeology collections of Ecuador’s greatest contemporary artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín. Spend your evenings visiting the bars, clubs and dance spots of the dynamic Mariscal district, for memories you’ll be reliving after your flight back home with Copa Airlines.
A world of restaurants in Quito
Quito has a vibrant and varied dining scene. Enjoy a bowl of locro de papa in a restored colonial mansion in Old Town, or try the trendy, contemporary cuisine that abounds in New Town. For a special treat, take a taxi up one of the steep hillsides that surround Quito, for some fine dining set against sparkling city lights.
Top shopping in Quito
The finest Panama hats in the world are made in Ecuador. Pick up an extra fino, then head to Olga Fisch Folklore in search of innovative takes on traditional indigenous arts and crafts, particularly woven alpaca rugs and wall hangings. If you want more of the real deal, make your way north of Quito to the massive, open-air Otavalo market.
Quito Travel Tips
- Take time to acclimate yourself, since Quito sits at 2,850m (9,348 ft.). Avoid strenuous activity your first day or two.
- Take taxis—they are inexpensive and plentiful. Because some taxis don’t use meters, be sure to know what your ride should cost and negotiate your fare beforehand.
- Stay at an atmospheric boutique hotel in the Old Town, or a chic contemporary charmer right on the Plaza Foch in the Mariscal district. Business travelers have their choice of several top-notch luxury chain hotels in the New Town.
- Come prepared for Quito weather--the high altitude lends itself to wide temperature swings, so dress in layers to keep warm as you discover the many things to do in Quito.
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