Things to Do When Visiting Quito for the First Time

Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow) Catholic church in Quito Ecuador
Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow) Catholic church in Quito Ecuador

Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city, Ecuador’s capital, Quito, is a busy and unique place. Quito is known as the highest sitting official capital city in the world and the closest to the equator.There is a variety of things to do for all tastes in this city. If you are adventurous and you like extreme experiences, the following day trips and excursions are great options:

Day trip to Cotopaxi Volcano

Cotopaxi is one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world, reaching a height of 5,897 meters (19,347 feet). It is located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Quito, so a great adventure that is not too far away! During a Cotopaxi day trip from Quito, you can trek to base camp at an elevation of 4,864 meters. Depending on the weather (it could snow), the trip can be a bit more challenging. However, the experience and the breathtaking landscape is worth it.

Laguna Quilotoa Crater Day Trip

Because of its greenish color, Laguna Quilotoa is one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America. To enjoy the beauty of Ecuador, you can take a hike or you can kayak around the Crater Lake. This trip is a wonderful opportunity for an adventure.On the other hand, if you prefer to relax while appreciating art and learning about Ecuador, there are many ways to do so in Quito, for example:

Visit Some of Quito’s Museums

There are at least 40 museums throughout Quito. The most popular ones are Mindalae Museum, Museo Nacional, Museo de la Ciudad, La Capilla Del Hombre and Museo Guayasamín. The majority of them are low cost with prices ranging from $2 to $8.

Visit the Middle of the World: La Mitad del Mundo

The Middle of the World highlights the location of the Equator. There is a beautiful monument and a yellow line drawn on the floor that shows the imaginary line we call the equator, which divides the two hemispheres. There are also other attractions such as a planetarium, a miniature model of Quito, restaurants, and even a chocolate museum. Don’t forget to visit the small museum of Intiñan which is said to be the true location of the equatorial line. If you are a night owl, you would also enjoy the nightlife of Quito:

 Party at Plaza Foch

Every night you can have a great time at Plaza Foch, one of the best places for fun and entertainment in Quito. This famous plaza contains loads of cafes, bars, and clubs. You can share great food and drinks while you wait for nightfall in order to visit the clubs in the area. Don’t forget to try the famous Ecuadorian craft beers in the hippie bars around the Mariscal and Floresta neighborhoods just minutes away from the Anahi Boutique Hotel!

These are some of the most popular things to do in Quito, depending on your tastes. To enjoy the best of this city, location is really important. If you’re visiting soon, stay at the best hotel in Quito, Anahi Boutique Hotel. Our excellent location in Quito will allow you to explore the area while having an unforgettable time in Ecuador’s capital. To reserve your room now, click here.

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