Quito was the first site to make the UNESCO World Heritage list. Alongside mountain ranges, the baroque churches and monasteries in the Old Town aren’t to be missed. Three popular religious sites are the Church and Convent of San Francisco, the Monastery of Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, each elaborately gilded and featuring culturally-significant works of art. Markets and boutiques sell pottery, hats, rugs, and various street foods, such as fried corn, called tostado, and cheesy golden brown potatoes topped with egg, avocado, and salsa, called llapingachos. The night opens to salsa music and folkloric dances in La Mariscal neighborhood. Quito nests at the bottom of Pichincha Volcano, scaled by a cable car that offers sweeping views of mountainous farmland and the bustling city.

Quito Highlights

The Church and Convent of San Francisco

Monastery of Santo Domingo

Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía

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Cuenca 477, Quito 170401, Ecuador

The Church and Convent of San Francisco

Guayaquil S1-76, Quito EC170130, Ecuador

Monastery of Santo Domingo

Garcia Moreno y Sucre, Quito 170401, Ecuador

Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía

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