I love exploring UNESCO sites, and Ecuador is no exception. Ecuador has five UNESCO World Heritage sites of which three are cultural sites, namely:
The other two sites, Galápagos Islands and Sangay National Park, are natural sites.
Quito picked up the 2022 prestigious World Travel Awards for Best Leading City in South America.
The city is also known as the ‘Florence of the Americas”. The European influence is splashed throughout the city. Such as the Spanish red-tile roofs, central patios, and balconies.
I love visiting cathedrals and old churches. The Church of the Society of Jesus, also called ‘la Compañía’ colloquially, is worth seeing. The stunning wood sculptures in this church, which are covered in gold leaf and gilded plaster, are undoubtedly one of the best memories I will treasure.
Because the city is so near the equator (the line dividing the northern and southern hemispheres) you get to enjoy about twelve hours of daylight throughout the year. The equator is a fabulous excursion from Quito, namely about 200 km further north.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) (about 18 kilometers / 11 miles to the east) is the main airport serving the city and one of the busiest airports in South America.