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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 Cuenca

Museo del Banco Central ‘Pumapungo’

It's worth the walk east along Calle Larga to one of Ecuador's most significant museums. Whilst there's some great modern art downstairs, the highlight is on the second floor. Here begins a comprehensive voyage thro…
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…
Top Choice Steakhouse in Quito

Dios No Muere

The Louisiana native who owns this eccentrically designed restaurant attached to a 17th-century monastery rightfully takes pride in the quality of the Ecuadorian and imported meats cooked up in the kitchen squeezed …
Top Choice Museum in Cuenca

Museo de las Culturas Aborígenes

This indigenous culture museum has more than 5000 archaeological pieces representing more than 20 pre-Hispanic Ecuadorian cultures going back some 15,000 years. But what makes this such a gem of a museum is the info…
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Puyo

El Jardín

The best food in the Oriente may be at this ambient house by the river inside the charming hotel of the same name, 1km north of town. The award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chi…
Top Choice Cafe in Otavalo

Cosecha Coffee Shop

Owned by a young American expat, this contemporary cafe with Santa Fe–like adobe walls and minimalistic design wouldn't look out of place in a cool outer borough NYC neighborhood (it even serves bagels!). Sandwiches…
Top Choice International in Quito

Crepes & Waffles

Mouthwatering and stomach-enlarging sundaes, as well as more than two-dozen varieties of sweet and savory crepes, waffles, salads and more conventional vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes are on the menu at this out…