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Founded in 1534 on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito is the capital of Ecuador.


Quito is roughly divided into two parts, the Old City and the New City.

Get in

Get around

El Trole or the trolley follows a line down through the heart of Quito. Take note that there is no tradition of waiting for people to disembark before people board, so this may take some getting used to.


  • La Virgin del Panecillo - Adjacent to the Old City, El Panecillo is a large hill on top of which is La Virgin del Panecillo, a large statue of the Virgin Mary.
  • Mitad del Mundo - Just outside of Quito is where the measurements were first made that proved that the shape of the Earth is in fact an oblate sphereoid. Comemorating this is a large monument that stradles the equator called Mitad del Mundo or middle of the world.





Stay safe

Avoid travelling up El Panecillo on foot; use a taxi even during the day. The Old City, Mariscal Sucre, all parks among other areas can be unsafe at night so taxis are advised for even short distances.


Get out

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