Attractions

Top Choice Church in Quito

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of Old Town. Free guided tours in English or Spanish highlight the church’s unique featur…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Casa Museo Guayasamín

In the former home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), this wonderful museum houses the most complete collection of the artist's work. Guayasamín was also an avid collector, and the museum display…
Top Choice Cable Car in Quito

TelefériQo

For spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape, hop aboard this sky tram that takes passengers on a 2.5km ride (10 minutes) up the flanks of Volcán Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. Once you’re at the top…
Top Choice Gallery in Quito

Capilla del Hombre

Next to the Casa Museo Guayasamín stands one of the most important works of art in South America, Guayasamín’s Capilla del Hombre. The fruit of Guayasamín’s greatest vision, this giant monument-cum-museum is a tribu…
Top Choice Historic Building in Quito

Palacio de Gobierno

The low white building on the northwestern side of Plaza Grande is the seat of the Ecuadorian presidency. Visitors can enter by joining a free guided tour in Spanish and English which leave every 20 minutes; bring p…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Museos Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana

Newly reopened following a full-scale makeover, Museos Casa de la Cultura encompasses three museums in a single bright, modern space. The expansive Museo de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum) features canvases by some…
Museum in Quito

Monasterio Museo del Carmen Alto

The Monasterio Museo del Carmen Alto, built in 1653 and still home to an order of 20 Carmelite nuns, now houses an interesting museum. Exhibits explore the daily routines of the nuns who made their lives here, inclu…
Park in Quito

Parque La Carolina

North of the Mariscal lies expansive Parque La Carolina. The attractively landscaped park fills on weekends with families who come out for paddleboats, soccer and volleyball games, and to exercise along the bike pat…
Cathedral in Quito

Catedral Metropolitana

On Plaza Grande's southwest side stands Quito's cathedral. Although not the most ornate of the Old Town’s churches, it has some fascinating works by artists from the Quito School and houses the tomb of independence …
Viewpoint in Quito

El Panecillo

Topped by a 41m tall aluminum mosaic statue of La Virgen de Quito (Virgin of Quito; completed in 1976), with a crown of stars, angelic wings and a chained dragon, the hill to the south of Old Town called El Panecill…