Have you ever thought of visiting South America and explore it? How about making a trip to Ecuador? Bordered by Columbia, Peru and the Pacific Ocean Ecuador would present the perfect place to visit history, art, culture and nature. The Galápagos Islands in the pacific also adds on to its beauty. With a biodiversity that is vast and alluring it will surely enchant the nature lovers. You will never wish to miss the majestic Galápagos tortoise and the Galapagos Sharks. With many different exciting places to visit you must visit the capital city Quito, which has many historical relevance related with it. Quito that was built on the ruins of the Inca city will present an amazing story of its civilization and culture.
The city is an attraction in itself as it was able to survive the earthquake that rocked Ecuador in 1917. Because of this you will be able to visit the historical monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía. These will unravel ancient history before you. So history and art lovers pack your bags to Quito in your next vacation.
You would be able to experience artefacts of the Spanish colonial character such as the cathedral in the Plaza de la Independencia. It draws additional visitors as it has been declared as a world heritage by UNESCO.
Quito is built in the midst of volcanoes and ravines. There are many tourist destinations in Quito such as its buzzing market. One can never miss visiting the Cotopaxi Volcano that is a high 19,347 feet in elevation and will take almost two days to climb. So you can have a good trekking destination there. You can also visit the equator of the earth in the Mitad Del Mundo Park. You can visit the different churches such as the Basilica Del Voto Nacional, El Sagrario Church and many more.
Quito is the best place to learn about the Inca civilization. Another interesting site to explore in Quito would be the changing of the guard that takes place every Monday around 11.00 am. Here the president comes out and people shout at him even if there is no reason to shout. It is a part of their culture!
Quito is also a good place to shop with its exotic markets. You can visit the Otavalo Market where you can buy bags, scarves, hats by bartering. It would be best if you visit the market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The Central Bank Museum is also a wonderful tourist destination.
The best time to visit Quito would be between June and August. Accommodation will be easy to find as the place plays host to thousands of international visitors. There are many hotels in the city with amazing deals. The weather is moderate in nature. You will need to take warm and loose clothes as well as some jackets if you wish to go trekking. You can reach Quito from Ecuador by a bus or hiring a car.
So if you wish to explore historical facts, nature and also have fun, do make it a point to visit Quito in Ecuador in your next vacation.