Panoramic Views

TelefériQo Cable cars zip up the flanks of Volcán Pichincha to Cruz Loma.

El Panecillo Sweeping city views from the statue of the Virgin with wings.

Mirador de Guápulo Clear days deliver glimpses of Volcán Cayambe and Cerro Puntas.

Parque Itchimbia Photographic park overlooking the city.

Cima de la Libertad Military monument offering one of the best views of Quito.

Religious Museums

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús Quito's most ornate church contains a host of treasures.

Museo Franciscano Fine collection of religious artwork housed in a 16th-century Franciscan convent.

Monasterio Museo del Carmen Alto Exhibits relating to the lives of the resident Carmelite nuns as well as artistic works.

Monasterio Museo Santa Catalina de Siena Paintings of Biblical scenes and ornate crucifixes can be seen here.

Convento de San Diego Outstanding works by the Quito and Cusco Schools are on display.

Convento San Agustín Home to a collection of paintings by Ecuadorian artist Miguel de Santiago.

Art Museums

Casa Museo Guayasamín Fabulous collection of works by Guayasamín and others in the artist's former home.

Capilla del Hombre Large scale works by Guayasamín in this monument to the suffering of mankind.

Museo Nacional Extensive collection of canvases by Ecuador's greatest artists, within the landmark Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana.

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Changing contemporary art exhibitions in a former military hospital.

Museo de Arte Colonial Works from the Quito School are displayed in a 17th-century building.

Leafy Parks

Parque La Carolina Paddle boats, cycle lanes and soccer games make this park a family favorite.

Parque Itchimbia Spectacular views of the city are the biggest draw of this spacious park.

Jardín Botánico Runs the gamut of Ecuador's native plant life in an inviting setting.

Parque El Ejido Artisan crafts and art vendors sell their wares beneath the trees.