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    Joanne Orion Miller
    3 Nov 06, 2013

    Quito, the capitol of Ecuador is a mixed bag. At over 9,000 feet, you'll find yourself gasping after a couple of flights of stairs the first day or so; they say the weather can manifest all four seasons in one day, and I've seen it happen! Old Town, a World Heritage Site, is really worth a wander, and the churches are spectacular. La Mariscal, the "tourist area", requires some watchfulness on your personal belongings. Quito is the jumping-off point for most Galapagos trips and hiking adventures. Currently served by a small airport in the north part of town (though it's the busiest one in South America), a new airport has been scheduled to open for some time. The new airport will handle larger airplanes, but is 25 miles out of town. Read more about Quito and the Galapagos at 1Woman1World1Year.blogspot.com.

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  • Quito
    Florian Lasnes
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    5 May 05, 2013

    great city with extended traditional colonial center and a sharp contrast with the modern part of the north and valleys, definitely worth a few days stay.

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    Courtney Regan
    3 Jul 03, 2014

    With an elevation of 9,350, I was surprised to learn Quito is the world’s highest capital city. The city stretches through a long valley from the North to South, so beautiful views can be enjoyed from mountaintops all around. Quito is often thought of as a quick stop over before heading to the Galapagos or one of the many enchanting destinations on the mainland. Though I learned that it’s certainly worth taking at least a day to explore what the city has to offer.

    The Old Town is filled with historical plazas such as San Francisco and grand churches like the La Basilica. Churches are decorated in this incredible baroque style, with intricate details covering every square inch. Rhonda, a street that used to be a playground for the ladies of the evening and their customers, has been transformed into a pedestrian only walkway that is peppered with restaurants and music venues. The New Town is where you can find locals gathering for happy hour after a long day at the office.

    The talk of the town in Quito is the new international airport, which is scheduled to open in late February 2013. The old airport is located in the heart of downtown, which means it’s extremely difficult to land. You literally feel like you might take out a building or two on your way in. The new airport is further out of town, but the only problem is getting there since there are currently no major roads. Highways are scheduled to open later this year, so 2013 should be an interesting year for travelers.

    While my time in Quito was filled with business meetings and hotel visits, I quickly realized that I want to return and visit the beautiful sites this city has to offer. Hasta la proxima vez…

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    Daniel Rodríguez
    4 May 31, 2014

    I love my city, because of the churches, the people, the landscapes, the downtown, etc, but the only problem sometimes is that is rainy, or a little dirty, but if you are looking for a cool night Quito is the perfect place to do it, because in the night everything is nicer that in the day.

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    Claudia Tóvar Robles
    3 Jul 04, 2014

    A beutiful city but quite unsafe. Being here precaution is a must. The old town is stunning but better to go in a group stay in la mariscal and go to an excursion to the old quito

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  • QuitoPro 2014
    Steve DeAngelo
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    3 Aug 19, 2012

    Quito is the second highest capital city in the world, right after LaPaz, Bolivia. Quito is the capital of Ecuador, and is the administrative, judicial, and political center. It's almost ten thousand feet in the air, and the heights make it difficult to breath initially.

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Aug 05, 2012

    Traditional and charming city, Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is possibly the country's cultural center as well. Although our visit to Quito was quite brief, we had a pleasant day of exploring both the touristy part as well as the more local part of the city. We even tried their very environmentally healthy and efficient public transportation! This is an awesome city to explore both on foot and by bus.

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    Juan Wills
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Interesante ciudad, en particular su centro con construcciones de la colonia española de las cuales se destaca la iglesia de la compañía. Ciudad tranquila con un hermoso cielo azul.

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    Celeny Da Silva
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Quito is known for its stunning colonial churches, paintings, sculptures and carvings. The remarkable Ecuadorian Colonial art combines European Renaissance, Baroque Styles with indigenous, mestizo influences. The city is one of the 'Unesco World Cultural Sites', and home to a remarkably friendly population.

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    adolfo gonzalez
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Quito one of the most beautiful cities I've visited, the people are very warm and interesting surroundings, and this line of saying that Ecuador has magnetism.

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    Ramon Reis
    3 Apr 24, 2013
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    Saul Velastegui
    3 Mar 20, 2013

    mierda me quede dormido.....

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    Diego Origlia
    4 Mar 09, 2013
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    Kelly G.
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    4 Jun 30, 2014
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    Dennis Morejon
    5 Aug 12, 2012

    Excelente lugar para visitar

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    Kevin Cuzco
    5 Jul 03, 2014
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    Jimmy Barahona
    5 Jul 08, 2012
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    Juan Lliquin Lliquin
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    hola atodos

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    5 Jul 05, 2012

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    Wandering Tumbleweed
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Ice cream at Plaza Grande!

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Quito is the bustling cultural and political capital of Ecuador. Situated at a breathtaking 10,000 feet, the city enjoys spring-like temperatures and a grand view of the surrounding highlands. Laid out around a central plaza (the largest in the Americas), the colonial city is a mix of cultures and attractions. You’ll see Quechua women with babies swaddle to their backs and businesswomen on ... read more
smartphones. Modern hotels near Parque La Carolina and historic central inns offer a different taste of Quito, and head to Mariscal or La Floresta for Ecuadorean cuisine and nightlife.

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