The capital and the second most populated city in Ecuador, Quito was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its good architectural preservation dating from the Spanish colonial era. Located in the valley of the Andes, Quito is both a city with a picturesque charm, as well as a modern metropolis, full of skyscrapers and crowded streets.
Quito is well known for its churches . If you decide to spend your holidays there, visit the Basilica of the National Vow, one of the largest churches in the world. Other popular churches are the church of La Compañía de Jesús, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the church of El Sagrario and that of Santo Domingo. To the north of the city is the Middle of the World. The place is full of tourists who find it exciting to be able to walk in both hemispheres at the same time. It is also the best place to buy souvenirs and taste some local Ecuadorian dishes.
Quito is also home to several parks, with the Guanguiltagua Metropolitan Park having the distinction of being the largest public park in South America. Parque la Carolina, El Ejido and La Alameda are some other parks that can be visited not only for nature , but for all the activities that can be done in them: boat trips, cycling, etc.
The province of Pichincha , where Quito is located, also boasts of having the Ruco and Guagua volcanoes. The Pulalahua Geobotanical Reserve is also very important. This area, curiously, despite being close to a volcano , is still inhabited by human beings.