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    La Mitad del Mundo

    Autopista Manuel Córdoba Galarza, Quito, Ecuador
    4
    24 reviews

    This is more about that the feeling than about the place. I think it was pretty nice to know that we were at the place they defined the Ecuator years ago. The weird thing is that there is two Ecuator, one calculated and the other one found with a GPS technologie. It is pretty confusing.

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  • 2

    TelefériQo

    TeleferiQo,Pichincha Volcano,Quito,Pichincha,, Ecuador
    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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    Museo Intiñan

    4.5
    2 reviews

    I LOVED this museum over the more official Mitidad del Mundo. This small museum is interactive with demonstrations that show that this museum is actually on the equator of the world. Highly recommend this museum over the official one.

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  • 4

    Avenida Amazonas

    Norte de la ciudad, Quito Ecuador
    4
    5 reviews

    If you're staying in la mariscal, Amazonas is a slightly quieter alternative to Plaza Foch and the surrounding streets. I was a fan of the less crowded cafes with outdoor seating. I also frequented the bootleg dvd shops. Every sunday morning they shut down traffic so that cyclists can take over the avenue. They'll occasionally close down the street for ...

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  • 5

    La Basílica

    Venezuela y Carchi, Quito Ecuador
    4.5
    9 reviews

    While the walk up the hillside to get to the Basillica from the old town center will likely leave you huffing and puffing, it's definitely worth it. The place is enormous, and has a sort of dark, ominous vibe that I found really interesting. Be sure to climb up the stairwells leading up to the towers, as the views are ...

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  • 6

    Colonial Quito

    Quito, Ecuador
    4.5
    16 reviews

    I could spend hours walking around the cobblestone streets of Quito's "old town" historic district. Apparently this area used to be a pretty scary place not so long ago, but it seems like they've really made an effort to crack down on crime and clean things up. The architecture will make you feel like you're stepping back in time, and ...

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  • 7

    La Mariscal

    4
    9 reviews

    If you're like me and feel a sense of pride from getting "off the beaten path," it's tempting to avoid a place known to locals as "Gringolandia," but it really is the most convenient place to stay if you're visiting Quito, and you'll find it's also a lot of fun. La mariscal is a one shop stop for lodging, food, ...

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  • 8

    Plaza Foch

    Reina Victoria, Quito Canton, Ecuador
    4
    6 reviews

    Plaza foch is the heart of the marsical district and serves as the perfect meeting up spot for tourist and locals embarking on a night on the town. The plaza is flanked by restaurants and cafes, nearly all of which have outdoor seating spilling out into the plaza, or balconies overlooking the pedestrians below. It's a fun spot to grab ...

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  • 9

    South American Explorers Club

    Jorge Washington E8-64 y Leonidas Plaza Quito, Ecuador
    3.5
    2 reviews

    Excellent resource for planning adventures in South America. The clubhouse has an extensive library, tons of maps, and other resources for finding your way, and also finding people to travel with. Great place to learn about hidden gems and meet like-minded travelers.

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  • 10

    Bilsa Biological Reserve

    Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve, Quininde Canton, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador
    5
    2 reviews
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  • 11

    El Panecillo Hill and Momument

    Costado del Centro Histórico, Quito Ecuador
    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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  • 12

    Parque La Carolina

    Av. Amazonas, Shirys y Naciones Unidas, Quito Ecuador
    4
    5 reviews

    Parque Caroline is sort of like Quito's version of Central Park (though not as nice and a lot smaller). My office-mates and I used to head here after work for pickup soccer. It's the place to be if you're interested in seeing local futbolistas in action, as there's pretty much always a game going on. Volleyball and capoeira are also ...

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  • 13

    Pinnacle Rock

    Bartolomé Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    5
    2 reviews

    Iconic. Definitely climb above it for a view of it and the surrounding beaches. There is great snorkeling in the bay off the other side of the island, where penguins are hunting tropical fish, and small reef sharks swimming around. There is also a soccer field where there is an occasional pick-up game when boats are in.

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  • 14

    Museo de Sitio Iti-ñan

    Quito, Quito Metropolitan Area, Ecuador
    4.5
    3 reviews

    We had such a fun time visiting the Iti-ñan Museum which is where the actual camino de sol crosses as per GPS. The $4 admissions includes a very informative tour, interactive games and activities and photo ops to stand each foot on both hemisphere at the same time!

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  • 15

    amaZOOnico

    Misahualli, Ecuador
    4.5
    2 reviews

    My favorite thing about amaZOOnico is that you can only get there by motorized dugout canoe along the swift flowing Napo River. My second favorite thing is the diversity of well-cared for Amazonian wildlife you can see here. Spotting large mammals in the rainforest is not an easy task as they are literally designed for stealth, and this can leave ...

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  • 16

    Las Peñas

    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    5
    9 reviews

    The Las Penas neighborhood is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Guayaquil. The first colonial buildings were constructed in Santa Ana, a part of Las Penas.

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    Faro Santa Ana

    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    4.5
    8 reviews

    The Faro Santa Ana sits atop the Santa Ana hills, in the Las Peñas neighborhood. To get there, you have to climb 444 steps (exactly 444, each step is marked), through narrow streets and past charming colonial homes. The view of Guayaquil from the top of the lighthouse is said to be fantastic but sadly it was closed when I ...

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  • 18

    La Rotonda

    Luque, Guayaquil, Ecuador
    4.5
    5 reviews

    Statues of the South American Libertadores Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín on Malecón 2000.

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  • 19

    Cuicocha Lake

    5
    4 reviews

    A crater lake with two islands. You can hike all around the crater (5+ hours, trained hikers) or take a boat ride on the lake (1h, nice with kids). For the best view have lunch (we recommend trout) at the little place up the hill, not at the main restaurant.

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  • 20

    El Panecillo Hill and Monument

    Gral Miller y Patagonia ( Cerro Panecillo), Quito Canton, Ecuador
    4.5
    2 reviews

    A hill located in the middle west of the city at an altitude of about 9,895 ft above sea level. A 134.5 fttall aluminum monument of Quito's Madonna is visible from most of the city of Quito. Take a $5 taxi cab and you'll be there in about 10 minutes from your condo.

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