Must-see attractions in Quito

  • Museo Casa de Sucre

    The beautifully restored former home of Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre, the hero of Ecuadorian independence, is now a small museum full of early-19th…

  • Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutía

    Of Quito’s house museums, this is the one not to miss: it’s a splendidly preserved, 19th-century home that was once the abode of the city’s best-loved…

  • Museo de Ciencias Naturales

    To further acquaint yourself with Ecuador’s flora and fauna, head to the curious natural-history museum inside the Instituto Nacional de Bioversidad in…

  • Museo de Arte Colonial

    This museum, in a handsomely restored 17th-century building, houses an excellent collection of colonial art. On display are famous sculptures and…

  • Vivarium

    Provide fodder for your jungle fears with a visit to the Vivarium, home to 40 species of reptiles and amphibians including snakes, iguanas, turtles, frogs…

  • Mundo Juvenil

    An interactive museum featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a planetarium, a library and a theater as well as temporary exhibitions are among the…

  • Museo Camilo Egas

    Inside this restored colonial home is a small but iconic collection of work by painter Camilo Egas (1899–1962), Ecuador’s first indigenista (indigenous…

  • Palacio Arzobispal

    On the northeast side of Plaza Grande, this former archbishop’s palace is now a colonnaded row of small shops and restaurants, located between Avenidas…

  • Museo Interactivo de Ciencia

    Housed in a former textile factory, this contemporary, well-designed museum has loads of interactive exhibits to keep toddlers to teenagers engaged. Last…

  • Museo Fray Pedro Bedón

    The museum at the Convento Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Plaza Santo Domingo has a pretty garden cloister and a fine assortment of colonial religious art.

  • Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    A fabulous neo-Gothic altar dominates the inside of the Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Construction of the church began in 1581 and continued until 1650.

  • Arco de la Reina

    This massive arch, built in the 18th century to give shelter to churchgoers, spans García Moreno.

  • Vulqano Park

    This theme park on the flanks of Volcán Pichincha has rides for all the family.

  • Centro Cultural Mexicano

    Features great monthly exhibits of Mexican artists and other cultural events celebrating Mexican culture.

  • Iglesia del Sagrario

    Beside the cathedral on García Moreno stands the 17th-century Iglesia del Sagrario.