Things to do for History Buffs in Ecuador 

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    Iglesia La Compañía

    10 reviews

    The Church, La Compañía de Jesus, considered to be the most representative example of the Baroque style of colonial Quito, is part of the Jesuit, same monumental architectural complex that constitutes a true Empire of faith, art and history of the city. La Compañía, built by the Jesuits from 1605, took approximately 160 years in be terminated. Only two years ...

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  • 2

    Colonial Quito

    16 reviews

    The colonial city of Quito was founded by the Sebastian de Benalcazar in 1534, it was built in the ruins of the ancient Inca city, today you can find examples of Inca stonework in the facades of churches and other colonial buildings. The layout of the colonial city was made in the 18th century, it has been some changes over ...

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  • 3

    San Francisco Church

    11 reviews

    This is one of my favorite places to visit in Quito. For lack of a better word, it is "amazing". I've never been a big fan of touring old churches, but this one stands alone. It is immense, imposing and carries this strange aura of mystery and hidden secrets. It is also still an operating church, popular with old Quito's ...

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  • 4

    Las Peñas

    9 reviews

    Declared a Cultural Heritage site in 1982, Las Peñas is the most emblematic neighborhood of Guayaquil and its main tourist attraction. It is one of the few historical legacies of this largely commercial city, most of its colonial buildings have been rebuilt and painted bright colors. Its narrow streets and colorful houses along the river make it an appealing destination ...

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    Museo del Banco Central

    2 reviews

    A great place to start if you want to learn more about the history and culture of Ecuador and Cuenca. Includes the Pumapungo ruins, native crops and medicinal plants, llamas, and an aviary. Usually Jean, from Belgium, is cooking waffles near the aviary. Free or small fee.

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    Plaza de la Independencia

    6 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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  • 7

    La Mitad del Mundo

    24 reviews

    As the official museum for the equator, this was a nice touristy location for taking nice pictures of legs on both hemispheres. If you can check out the Itinan Museum instead for awesome demonstrations!

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    La Catedral

    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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  • 9

    La Basílica

    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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  • 10

    El Panecillo Hill and Momument

    7 reviews

    The Panecillo is one of Quito's viewpoints, while you there you can browse the crafts stalls, or enjoying a drink or a meal sitting at the a window overlooking Quito's historic center.

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    Plaza San Blas

    3 reviews

    Plaza San Blas is a square which is situated at the gateway to the historic centre of Quito and marks the northern limit of the city.

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    Malecón 2000

    14 reviews

    The Malecon 2000 is the waterfront promenade designed predominantly to attract tourists in Guayaquil. The malecon consists of shops, restaurants, bars, shops, and malls.

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    Catedral de Guayaquil

    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.

  • 14

    Faro Santa Ana

    8 reviews

    The Faro (Lighthouse) of Santa Ana is one of the attractions of Guayaquil. This lighthouse is located on Cerro Santa Ana in the historic Las Penas section.

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    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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  • 16

    La Mariscal

    9 reviews

    La Mariscal called by the young quitenos La zona. Travelers the world over through this exciting, seductive and fun neighborhood, you will find hotels, chic boutiques, Spanish schools, dance academies, internet cafes museums, restaurants, travel agencies and cultural centers, and also La Mariscal has a nightlife.

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  • 17

    Museo Guayasamín

    5 reviews

    this is definitely my favorite museum in Quito, it is a powerful experience, the location and views from there are stunning

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  • 18

    Iguana Park | Parque Seminario

    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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  • 19

    Charles Darwin Research Station

    5 reviews

    We came to the Darwin Research Station just two weeks about Lonesome George left us for Tortuga Heaven, but that did not diminish the value of our visit at all. Sure George's exhibition center is now temporary closed for renovation, we were able to visit Diego, the new star turtle of the center, and various other turtle species, iguanas, and ...

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  • 20


    6 reviews

    The teleferiqo is yet another thing you do just for the sake of it. I wouldn't say it's spectacular, but it's a nice weekend activity and the views are great if you've got good weather. It is by far the best view of Quito you can get. I was really tempted to explore more of the trails along Pichincha, but ...

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