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Quito Travel Guide, Ecuador


The city of Quito (whose official name is San Francisco de Quito) is the capital city for the country of Ecuador which is situated on the north western region of South America. The city of Quito is situated in the basin of the Guayllabamba River thus making it the perfect place for agriculture business. The famous active volcano, Pichuncha is also situated in the proximity of this city.

As per the census of year 2001 the population for the city of Quito was around 1.4 million inhabitants. On the other hand the population for the municipality of Quito as per the census of year 2005 was around 2.5 million inhabitants. The huge population of Quito makes it the second largest city in the country of Ecuador. The only city which has more population then the city of Quito is Guayaquil. Recently the importance of this city increased many folds when it was named the headquarters for Union of South American Nations.

The annual average temperature for the city of Quito is around 15 degree Celsius. The annual average maximum temperature is around 19 degree Celsius while the minimum annual average temperature is around 10 degree Celsius. Due to the considerable altitude of this city and the proximity of this city with the equator, Quito regularly experiences cool climate thus making it the perfect place to visit for any visitor throughout the year. The spring-like weather which prevails in the city throughout the city has made Quito an important tourist destination.

As the city of Quito has hills situated within the city, it has been divided into three different regions namely the colonial old city (which is the central part of the city), the southern section (which is the residential as well as the industrial area of the city), and the northern section (which is actually the modern city of Quito, competing with many cities of this planet).

Being the capital city, the government of Ecuador takes special care of it and hence you will love Quito whenever you visit it.

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    travel tip by davidsbeenhere posted more then 30 days ago
    At the very top of one of the surrounding mountains in Quito you will find a very big statue of the Virgin Mary standing on a dragon with a leash both on top of the world. Its a very cool sight to see up close and even cooler from any...
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    On my 1st trip to Quito, I got incredibly sick. First I thought it was food poisoning but it was suggested I had altitude sickness. We flew from Guayaquil to Quito and by the next morning, I had a fever, and the shakes that didn't go...
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Quito City Ratings

  • Rating91%
    City Rank68
  • History & Culture: rated for 100%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 80%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 80%
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  • Food: rated for 100%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 100%
  • Shopping: rated for 100%
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  • Must visit this place: rated for 80%
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