It’s a place where you can stay on one, and your wife on the other side of the equator, and holding your hands at the same time. Amazing!
Pronounced as kitu, Quito is the capital of Ecuador.
It is the most populous city in the country.
The city has an elevation of 2,800 meters above sea level.
This makes it the second highest official capital city in the world, after La Paz.
It is the closest city in equator.
The city is the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.
The historic center of Quito is one of the largest, least altered and best preserved in the Americas.
Quito and Kraków in Poland, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO.
The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometers south of Equator.
The city itself extends to within about 1 kilometer of zero latitude.
A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN QUITO.
- Do not take public transport during rush hour. Instead, use a taxi or hire a car.
- Don’t flash your valuables in public. Instead, keep them safe and if possible leave them at home.
- Avoid wandering outside after darkness falls. Instead, stay indoors to avoid robbery.
- Don’t eat street food on your first days. Most don’t follow quality and hygiene standards. Instead, buy food from approved restaurants that meet the standards.
- Don’t get into an unofficial taxi. Instead, just use the only official taxis that are painted yellow.
- Do not think that everyone speaks English. Instead, learn some few Spanish before your trip.
- Avoid settling for the first price at a market. Instead, bargain your way to the most comfortable price.
MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT QUITO
- The city is the highest constitutional capital in the world. La Paz in Bolivia is higher but it is not a constitutional capital.
- The official name of Quito is San Fransisco de Quito.
- It is nicknamed “Florence of the Americas”
- The city has best Preserved Historical Center in Latin America.
- It is near two active volcanoes, Cotopaxi and Pichincha.
- The city is built atop the ruins of an Incan City.
- It is surrounded by Ecuador’s 19 volcanoes.
- There are only two seasons in Quito, dry and wet seasons.