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 the Old Town. Free guided tours in English or Spanish highlight the church’s unique fe…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Museo Nacional

Located in the circular, glass-plated, landmark building of Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana is one of the country’s largest collections of Ecuadorian art, with magnificent works of pre-Hispanic and colonial religious…
Top Choice Museum in Quito

Museo Guayasamín

In the former home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), this wonderful museum houses the most complete collection of his work. Guayasamín was also an avid collector, and the museum displays his out…
Top Choice Viewpoint 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…
Plaza in Quito

Plaza Grande

While wandering around colonial Quito, you'll probably pass through the Plaza Grande (formally known as Plaza de la Independencia) several times. On the southwest side stands Quito’s cathedral. Although not the most…
Park in Quito

Parque La Carolina

North of the Mariscal lies the giant Parque La Carolina which fills with families on weekends who come out for paddleboats, soccer and volleyball games, and exercise along the bike paths. The most popular attraction…
Viewpoint in Quito

El Panecillo

Topped by a huge statue of La Virgen de Quito (Virgin of Quito; construction lasted from 1955 to 1975), with a crown of stars, angelic wings and a chained dragon atop the world, the hill to the south of Old Town c…
Plaza in Quito

Plaza Santo Domingo

Plaza Santo Domingo, near the southwest end of Calle Guayaquil, is a regular haunt for street performers. Crowds of neighborhood quiteños fill the plaza to watch pouting clowns and half-cocked magicians do their stu…
Church in Quito

Cathedral

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 religious works from artists of the Quito School. You’ll also see the ornat…
Museum in Quito

El Museo Francisco

To the right of the Iglesia de San Francisco’s main entrance, and within the Convent of St Francis, this museum contains some of the church’s finest artwork including paintings, sculpture and 16th-century furniture,…