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Things to do in Quito

Grand colonial churches such as The Company of Jesus Church, and 19th-century residences of the rich like María Augusta Urrutia House-Museum line the streets of Quito's historic Old Town. The Virgin of Quito statue looks protectively across the city from Panecillo hill. In the New Town, there's bloodthirsty colonial art and Incan masks at the Ministry of Tourism National Museum and a Cable Car that travels up the Pichincha Volcano, offering panoramic views of the city.

Cable Car, Quito. Courtesy of Complejo Teleférico de Quito

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Department of Culture National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Central Bank National Museum, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    The Central Bank National Museum in Modern Quito displays rich artefacts from Ecuador's past. Several hours and a tour are needed to see the Archaeological Room's pre-Columbian artefacts, exquisit masks in the Golden Court, and the collections in the Colonial, Republican and Contemporary Art Rooms.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$2; concessions US$1

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

    Address

    Avenida Patria (between Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Avenida 12 de Octubre), Modern Quito, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 222 3258

  2. 2. City Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    City Museum, Quito. Courtesy of Fundación Museos de la Ciudad

    The City Museum in the Old Town is located in the former San Juan de Dios Hospital. Visitors are taken on a thrilling journey through Quito's past with displays recreating daily life from pre-history to the 19th century. Each period is brought to life with wax figures and sound effects.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$3; concessions US$2; 3-11 yrs US$1

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm

    Address

    E1-47, García Moreno and Rocafuerte, Old Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 228 3882

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    City Museum Website

  3. 3. Guayasamín Foundation Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Guayasamín Foundation Museum, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    Guayasamín Foundation Museum in the New Town is dedicated to Ecuador's best-known painter. The mansion with sculpture garden contains Guayasamín's collections of pre-Columbian and Colonial art, along with pieces of his own work. Look out for the portrait of Pinochet.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$4; concessions US$2-US$3

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

    Address

    543, José Bosmediano, Bellavista Alto, El Batán, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 2465 265

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Guayasamín Foundation Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 4. María Augusta Urrutia House-Museum - Attractions

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    María Augusta Urrutia House-Museum, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    Located in the heart of the Old Town, the María Augusta Urrutia House-Museum showcases the lifestyle of wealthy 19th-century Quito and in particular of philanthropist Doña María who lived here with 24 servants. Enchanting patios lead to a mansion packed with priceless antiques.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$2; concessions US$0.50-US$1

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    N2-60, García Moreno (between Sucre & Bolívar), Old Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 2580 103

  2. 5. Basilica of the National Vow - Attractions

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    Basilica of the National Vow, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    This striking neo-Gothic Basilica of the National Vow in the Old Town is a must-see for its unique gargoyles of Amazonian animals. Aside from beautiful stain-glass windows, the interior is quite austere. Climb the towers' narrow staircases for a panoramic view of the Panecillo district.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free; US$2 (towers)

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-4pm

    Address

    122 , Carchi and Venezuela, Old Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 228 9428

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 6. The Company of Jesus Church - Attractions

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    La Compania de Jesus Church, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    The Company of Jesus Church in Quito's Old Town is a glittering colonial masterpiece built by Jesuits in the 17th century. The elaborate Baroque façade is surpassed by the restored gold interior, Moorish detail and sculptures by Bernardo de Legardo.Show this on map

    Cost

    Visitors US$2; locals & international students US$1; local students US$0.50

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

    Address

    Corner of García Moreno and Sucre Streets, Old Town, Quito

    Telephone

    +593 (0) 2 258 4175

    Transport

    Walk or taxi to Old Town

    Website

    The Company of Jesus Church Website

Special things to do

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  1. 7. Cable Car - Special things to do

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    Cable Car, Quito. Courtesy of Complejo Teleférico de Quito

    The Cable Car travels 1km from Quito up the side of Pichincha Volcano to 4,000m, a dizzying height that offers breathtaking views of the city. There are also other attractions here, including the Disney-style Vulqano fun-park, short walks and several café-bars.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$8; concessions US$6; children US$5

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-6pm

    Address

    Avenida Occidental and Arnulfo Araujo, Quito

    Telephone

    +573 (0) 2 222 2996

    Transport

    Shuttle from Avenida Occidental

  2. 8. Plaza de la Independencia & Old Town - Special things to do

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    Quito's Old Town. © www.enjoyecuador.net

    Quito's bustling Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with architecture reflecting its colonial legacy. Come in the evening when the churches and civic buildings are lit. On Sundays, Plaza de la Independencia becomes the hub of Ecuadorian society.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Old Town, Quito

    Transport

    On foot

  3. 9. Virgin of Quito - Special things to do

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    Virgin of Quito, Quito. © Quito Visitors' Bureau, www.quito.com.ec

    Towering over Old Quito on Panecillo hill is the colossal 45m-tall Virgin of Quito statue with a serpent at her feet. The Virgin is both the patron and emblem of the city. Take in the sweeping views of the city from the esplanade or ascend to the top of the viewing platform.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Panecillo Hill, Old Town, Quito

    Transport

    Taxi

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