Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, is where most travelers arrive to this exciting country. Although you could leave the capital city to visit the amazing traditional markets at Otavalo, take a train tour through the scenic Avenue of the Volcanoes, or fly to coastal Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands, most people stay in Quito for a few days because this beautiful high mountain city has its own set of attractions.
The city itself is a colonial gem, the old section being a UNESCO heritage site. Many visitors to Quito start their stay in the colonial part of the city because they choose one of several historic hotels for lodging. After settling in, they might get their first taste of delicious Ecuadorian cuisine, or head out into the surrounding neighborhoods on a walking tour of Quito. Tours of colonial Quito visit the main plaza, old, beautiful churches, and other buildings that date back to the 17th and 16th centuries.
Later on, or the next day, some folks sign up for a fantastic chocolate tasting tour. Given that participants can try ten different types of 100% organic Ecuadorian chocolate, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular tours in Quito! Since this tour takes place in Quito’s trendy La Floresta neighborhood, it’s easy to finish off the day in one of several fine restaurants.
Don’t forget to make time for Quito when visiting Ecuador!