Tips & Tricks
Palacio Arzobispal (Av. Chile e/Venezuela, Quito) – this was the former seat of Quito’s archbishop. Nowadays, this huge building has restaurants, shops and cafes (which can be found around a fountain courtyard).
Cotopaxi (near Quito) – located just 50 km. south of Quito, this is the second-highest mountain peak in Ecuador, which happens to be an active snow-capped volcano. There is a national park surrounding this volcano, with Cotopaxi being part of a chain of volcanoes known as the “Paficic Ring of Fire”. A number of expedition […]
Parque Nacional Cajas (near Cuenca) – located from 30 km. west of Cuenca, consisting of 2,854 km. of mountainous Andean grasslands (known locally as páramos). This park literally has hundreds of lakes that exist in stark contrast to the scruffy-like countryside. The park’s biodiversity (with its variety of plants and animals) is another natural attraction […]
Tren Crucero – this train service is a unique way to see the Ecuadorean countryside, as well as going to other parts of this small but geographically challenging nation. From the Chimbacalle station, south of Quito, you can pick the tour you want to take, between Quito, Latacunga, Machachi, and Boliche, with prices that range […]
TelefériQo (Quito) – located at the west end of Quito, the TelefériQo (consisting of a network of enclosed gondolas) takes visitors 2.5 km up the slopes of Volcán Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. From there, visitors can get spectacular views of the city and mountain areas (assuming it’s a clear, sunny day). Price: […]
Teatro Sucre (Calle Manabí N8-131, entre Guayaquil y Juan José Flores, Quito) — this is the first theater of Quito, and one of the most renowned in all of Ecuador. Built in the late nineteenth century, between 1879 and 1887, the name was meant to honor the Mariscal de Ayachucho, Antonio Jose de Sucre. Serving […]