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  • 1

    Colonial Quito

    4.5
    17 reviews

    the best part of town, really traditional, lost of small old shops and artisans

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  • 2

    La Mitad del Mundo

    4
    24 reviews

    Want to have your picture taken with one leg in each hemisphere (north/south)? This is the place to do it! Several miles north of Quito lies this monument to the equator, on the equator. And in a country named for the equatorial line that bisects it, it seems more than an appropriate stopover. Although a bit of a tourist attraction, ...

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  • 3

    Malecón 2000

    5
    14 reviews

    Malecón 2000, a long park and promenade beside the Rio Guayas, is the recently developed posterchild of the "New Guayaquil," a urban center long known more for its gritty side than the tourist attraction it's trying slowly to become. It has a multitude of shops, restaurants, gardens, even an IMAX theater, and offers beautiful views of both the river and ...

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  • 4

    Iglesia La Compañía

    5
    10 reviews

    The Church of The Compania of Jesus in Quito has been catalogued by UNESCO among the hundred most important World Heritage Site Monuments in the world. The building of this Colonial jewel started in 1605 and was finished in 1650. The restoration was both structural and artistic, in its 4500 square meters. Its interior, entirely gilded, shines like a jewel ...

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  • 5

    San Francisco Church

    4.5
    11 reviews

    Iglesia de San Francisco is one of the few sights to see in La Paz and it isnt thing that beautiful or memorable. Viewing the church takes only like 10 minutes, but the area around the church is always really busy.

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  • 6

    Las Peñas

    5
    9 reviews

    ola

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  • 7

    La Basílica

    4.5
    9 reviews

    If you're not afraid of heights, you can climb ALL the way up into the towers of the basilica. Great views and nice architecture.

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  • 8

    La Mariscal

    4
    10 reviews

    In the center of the Mariscal tourist district you will find this small, charming and trendy modern plaza dubbed "Gringolandia" - the current heart beat of Quito's nightlife. Also known as Plaza Quinde this plaza is a radical and highly successful transformation from a former seedy, run-down intersection (previously known for drugs and prostitution) into a pristine plaza - the ...

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  • 9

    Catedral de Guayaquil

    4.5
    8 reviews

    What struck me most at first about this Catedral is its "open air ness" that has more of a local town hall feel than a church. Our visit happened during a mass and this was packed to the rim! Beatiful church in the main part of city center.

  • 10

    Faro Santa Ana

    4.5
    8 reviews

    The prize after climbing 444 steps up the barrio La Peña, the Faro is protected by canons atop of the hill with the most fantastic views of the city surrounds

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  • 11

    Quicentro

    4.5
    7 reviews

    This was my favorite mall in Quito. Mostly because it was in walking distance from my old home above the stadium, but also because it was a little slice of globalized Americana in the heart of the city. Not that I like or thrive on that kind of tasteless commercialism, but when you're spending months alone in trackless jungles and ...

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  • 12

    Plaza de la Independencia

    4.5
    7 reviews

    I liked the Plaza de la Independencia much better than I liked the palacio de la gobierno. When I was there, there were protests (against the current communist, pro-chavez government) in the Plaza, and there were snarling security forces everywhere. I felt very uncomfortable here, kind of like most people would feel in visiting Chavezes Venezuela.

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  • 13

    Museo Guayasamín

    5
    5 reviews

    The painter who represent the ecuadorian school of art.

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  • 14

    El Panecillo Hill and Momument

    4
    7 reviews

    It's worth heading to the El Panecillo just to see how big it actually is. You can see it from almost anywhere in the city, but you don't get a real sense of scale until you actually visit. To be honest, I went there at night and it felt a little shady. I would never go in the evening without ...

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  • 15

    Iguana Park | Parque Seminario

    4
    6 reviews

    Right across the Cathedral, Parque Seminario is the oldest park in Guayaquil. It's a city park, yet it is crawling with prehistoric-looking lizards, green, striped and gnarled, ranging free to the delight of tourists and Ecuadorian children alike. Guayaquil is a crowded urban center, so it is oddly satisfying to find wild creatures living and breeding successfully right amongst the ...

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  • 16

    Charles Darwin Research Station

    4.5
    5 reviews

    Fantastic research station that also doubles as the essential visitor's center for the Galapagos Islands. Sadly, the place is often a source of conflict between the National Park and local fishermen. But it is a must see - all the species you might miss elsewhere are right here to observe and learn about!

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  • 17

    TelefériQo

    4
    6 reviews

    When we first arrived, it was desolate. Rarely anybody in sight, ghetto ass place with nothing much going on. We rode up to the top, which was approximately a 20 minute ride, and got in our photos of the place. It was a very simple, very whatever kind of place at first. The people who would get more out of ...

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  • 18

    La Rotonda

    4.5
    5 reviews

    La Rotunda located on the Malecon 2000 is dedicated to the two Latin America liberators, San Martin and Simon Bolivar who met in 1822. Bolivar liberated Ecuador, Colombia, Venezulea, and Bolivia from Spanish rule, while San Martin helped liberate Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

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  • 19

    La Catedral

    4
    5 reviews

    Stately and beautifully situated right on top of the hill, La Catedral commends the kind of respect that should be rightly given to places of worship.

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  • 20

    Parque La Carolina

    4
    5 reviews

    La Carolina Park is around the corner of our apartment building. I frequently go there in the morning and find many people out for an early morning walk.

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