One day in Quito

You gonna have a stopover in Quito before heading to Galapagos or another place in Ecuador and wondering if there is anything to do in this city?! I’ll tell you right now, THERE’S PLENTY TO DO!

In fact, Quito is definitely not a one day city, but we didn’t know that, so had to combine most of the cool stuff in only one day.

Plaza Grande, Quito – Ecuador

First things first, as I’m saying in most of our posts about South America, please make sure you are in a safe neighborhood and do ask at your hotel/hostel, if it’s safe to walk around at night.

We stayed at L’Auberge Inn, a nice hostel with a fair enough location. They have their own restaurant which is a plus, as you don’t need to go out during the night searching for food. The only downside is that you can hear everything in the room next to yours. Other than that, it’s a 20 minutes walk to the main attractions and it’s all good for a couple of nights.

What to do in Quito in one day?

We have done two tours in Quito, one after the other, the free historic walking tour and the middle of the earth tour, this last one is paid – $10 per person.

In the first tour we visited places like Plaza Grande, San Francisco Church, La Compania de Jesus church, Numismatic museum and Calle La Ronda; wandering around the city is great, but make sure you go on the top of one of these churches: Metropolitan Cathedral and/or La Basilica del Voto Nacional to have a panoramic view of the city. Having only one day, we didn’t manage to go, as we had to decide between lunch or the view. Well, I was hungry, don’t judge!

Middle of the earth is an hour drive from the city centre of Quito. It’s a park with guides and they will show you all the nice tricks you can do being on the equator line.

La mitad del mundo, Quito – Ecuador

On your way back, if the weather permits, go to the teleférico (cable car), another nice view of Quito and the ride itself must be great.

There are other amazing things to do in Quito that we haven’t done, here’s a list of it, pick your favorite ones and have an amazing time in of the highest cities in the world:

  • El Panecillo (it’s recommended to go up there only by taxi)
  • La Capilla Del Hombre and Museo Guayasamín
  • Parque El Ejido
  • Parque Carolina
  • Walk up to Itchimbía (where Quito’s orange sign is)

Don’t forget to be hydrated and take your time to go around, as it takes a while for your body to get used to the altitude.


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