What to do in Quito in one day

09:00 – Hotel Patio Andaluz

09:30 – Quito Old Town

10:30 – Cafe Dios no Muere

11:00 – Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus

12:30 – Restaurant Hasta la Vuelta

14:00 – Middle of The World Monument

16:00 – San Honore

17:00 – La Mariscal Artisanal Market

18:30 – Quito Cable Car

19:30 – Fried Bananas Restaurant

21:00 – Live music at El Pobre Diablo

22:30 – Dirty Sanchez Bar

23:59 – No Bar

 

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What you should absolutely know about Quito

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Quito, the capital of Ecuador sit at 9,350 feet above sea level. Its view from atop the Andes mountain chain ensures spectacular views. The city straddles the equator line, with a monument marking its location. Walking around the city, you’ll find ornately decorated churches, expansive squares to traverse or take a seat in with enjoying a snack. During your Quito day trips, history buffs will love Quito’s pristinely preserved historic centers, especially the Old Town, while geological fans will enjoy the nearby (active) Pichincha volcano. At night, enjoy live music in one of the many bars and restaurants open late

Take in the entire city from the TelefériQo, a short sky tram ride away. Then check out the unique architecture in the Old Town for architecture. Stand in awe at the Iglesias de la Compañía de Jesús, then end your day with great cocktails and local music at El Pobre Diablo

Quito-ians, like many Ecuadorians, love their hot spicy sauce, or aji. Expect to see multiple varieties accompanying every meal. Dishes featuring pork, chicken, beef, and guinea pig are also traditional as are hornados – popular street snack of potatoes and tasty roasted pig

Spanish is the language of choice in Quito. Know how to say “Hola” (pronounced O-la), or “Hello.” “Por favor” (pronounced por-fah-voh) means “please.” “Yo quiero” (pronounced yo-kee ayr oh) means “I want.” Add a “no,” with “Yo no quiero” to simply say “I don’t want”.

Elevation and location on the equator balance Quito’s climate, as result the city maintains a fairly cool temperature of 66 degrees during midday, dipping down to 49 degrees at night. Quito’s wet season, October through May, ensures the city receives an average of 3-4 inches precipitation a month

Travelers will need to take a bus or taxi into the city. Expect to allow at least an hour for commuting. Private taxis cost around $30 U.S. dollars. Buses run from the airport to the city center and usually cost between $1 to $2 U.S. dollars

Quito’s dense city streets aren’t for the faint of heart- you’re better off walking, biking, or using public transportation rather than renting a car. If you enjoy the high mountain views, consider a spectacular day trip on the Tren Ecuador

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