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Quito Attractions

As the capital of Ecuador Quito's past extends for centuries beyond its founding in 1534 to its status as a kingdom of the Incan Empire. Known by nicknames such as the Light of America the City of the Heavens and God's Face

Quito attained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1978 in recognition of the superb Spanish Colonial buildings in its ancient heart.

Most of the attractions in Quito are centered around the Old Town where nearly 500 years of history are played out in the ancient buildings and winding streets. There are excellent Quito tours which provide sights of the Old Town but visitors will find the sheer number of must-see places requires them to allow more than one day to properly enjoy them all. Top highlights include the Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus one of the most beautiful churches in the Americas. And one of the most popular spots in the city for tourists is the hill where La Vírgen del Panecillo is located. This famous statue depicts the winged Virgin and provides a stunning focal point above the city.

Another local tourist favorite is the Museo de la Ciudad or City Museum. With interactive displays detailing Quito's history it's popular with children and adults alike. Quito also offers visitors a veritable shoppers' paradise of well-made goods crafted by artisans and sold right from their workshops on the street. There are also several malls dotted around the city giving visitors the opportunity to purchase familiar brands at reasonable prices.

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La Mariscal

La Mariscal is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Foch Square and La Mariscal Craft Market while in the area.

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Quito Historic Center

Churches, museums and shopping are some highlights of Quito Historic Center. Make a stop by Independence Square or Catedral Metropolitana de Quito while you're exploring.

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La Carolina

Discover local flora and fauna at the botanical gardens and reptile house, join a game of Ecuadorian soccer and enjoy the sights at this central urban park.

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Centro Histórico

While visiting Centro Histórico, you might make a stop by sights like Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and Independence Square.

Financial District

You'll enjoy the restaurants and parks in Financial District. You might want to make time for a stop at Atahualpa Olympic Stadium or Guanquiltaqua Metropolitan Park.

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San Roque

If you're spending some time in San Roque, San Francisco Church and Yaku Water Museum are top sights worth seeing.