"Thinking of South American Cities? Think Quito" Top 5 Page for this destination Quito by richiecdisc

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Ask the average person what city comes to mind when they think of South America and most will reply Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro. Some with a bit more savvy may venture forth with the continent’s culinary capital of Lima. Those with a view on world politics might even mention Bogota or Caracas. But few will come up with Quito. It’s not like the city just sprung up from nowhere having been a key stop on the extensive Inca roadway. No, not the Inca trail but the more far-reaching network that ran from southern Colombia down into northern Chile. While Ecuador makes inroads into the tourist scene due primarily to the Galapagos Islands and to a lesser degree an array of stunning volcanoes, its equally impressive capital is viewed by many as a mere gateway city that must be flown into. Of course, these are the same people that spend a few nights partying in the city’s less splendid if more intoxicating New Town rather than experience some true local flavor in the exquisite Old Town. It’s a shame because with even a cursory exploration one will be rewarded with a charming collection of colonial buildings, some pretty parks, an authentic market place, a fantastic assortment of culinary delights, and friendly locals all too willing to help not only you but to shed the city’s dangerous reputation. With a bit more investigation one will be pleased to find one of South America’s most enthralling cities, full of astonishing sights situated in one of its most spectacular settings.

  • Last visit to Quito: Sep 2007
  • Intro Written Nov 7, 2007
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  • yeung27's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    I'm arriving Quito on Oct 2; plan to spend 3-4 days in Galapagos (San Cristobal) and then back to Quito for two more days. Where would you recommend a safe place for a solo female traveler?

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Great tips and photos as always Richie. Ecuador's high on my wish list - maybe soon. Thanks!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I will defenitly stay in Centro Historico when I visit Quito. It looks lovely!

  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    I found myself adding almost every one of you tips to my personal guide. Great

  • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    I'm thinking about going to Ecuador for the first time in November. Thanks for the great tips! Hope all is well in Miami.

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    Nice pages mate , will pass on the info.

  • Jun 23, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    did you think Quito was safe. did you take any anti-malaria or other preventative drugs before going to South America? I am worried about pickpockets. Please help! thanks, sandybird777 really great comments and pictures--you have been a lifesaver!

  • asiantraveler's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2008 at 7:48 AM

    i love nostalgia...one day thanks

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Tremendous tips and photos! Recently, there have been some big gold discoveries in Ecuador. Quito looks like a great place to visit! Best regards from NJ, Bill

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Nice job! I couldn't find Cafe Fabiolito, but I did try the quimbolito.

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