Around Quito attractions

Landmark in La Mitad del Mundo

Mitad del Mundo

At the center of the Mitad del Mundo stands the centerpiece of the park: a 30m-high, stone trapezoidal monument topped by a brass globe containing a viewing platform and a museum, which provides a good introduction …
Museum in La Mitad del Mundo

Museo Solar Inti Ñan

A few hundred meters north of the entrance to the main Mitad del Mundo complex, this amusing museum has meandering outdoor exhibits of astronomical geography and explanations of the importance of Ecuador’s geographi…
Nature Reserve in Volcán Pululahua

Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua

The crater of extinct Volcán Pululahua can be entered on foot via a steep trail from the Mirador de Ventanillas viewpoint just inside the Reserva Geobotánica. It makes for an intriguing half-day trip from Quito. You…
Viewpoint in Volcán Pululahua

Mirador de Ventanillas

Just inside the entrance of Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua, this is the starting point for the trail that leads down into the crater of the extinct Volcán Pululahua.
Wildlife Reserve in Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa

This small but beautiful wildlife reserve stands on the northern flanks of the extinct Pasochoa volcano, at elevations between 2900m and 4200m. It has one of the central valley’s last remaining stands of humid Andea…
Museum in Volcán Pululahua

Templo del Sol

Near the Mirador de Ventanillas you’ll pass the castle-like Templo del Sol, a re-creation of an Incan temple, complete with pre-Columbian relics and stone carvings. The guided tour (in Spanish) is a bit gimmicky, le…
Zoo in Around Quito

Quito Zoo

Near the small town of Guayllabamba, 35km northeast of La Mariscal, is Quito Zoo. There are a few African and Asian species but the highlight is the Ecuadorian animals including the Andean spectacled bear and Galápa…