Visit Historic Center of Quito
Mitad del Mundo
To fully appreciate the beauty of the historic center of Quito, the largest and best preserved in Latin America, there is
nothing like walking it! During your walk through the pedestrian streets, you will admire the wonders of this UNESCO
World Heritage Site, starting with the lively Plaza de la Independencia with its imposing Metropolitan Cathedral and
then the impressive Church of La Compañía de Jesús, before reaching the place where the Church of San Francisco and
its convent are located.
The city of Quito is perched at an altitude of 2,800 m, making it the 2nd highest capital in the world. Renowned for its colonial architecture, the capital's natural environment is not to be outdone: bordered by the eastern and western ranges of the Andes, the city was founded on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano.
You'll also go to the Panecillo, where the statue of the Virgin of El Panecillo is enthroned. This is one of Quito's most
emblematic landmarks, at over 3,000 meters above sea level. This bread-shaped hill offers an unrivalled view of Quito.
It's the perfect place to enjoy a canelazo: a typically Andean hot drink.
After a delicious lunch, you'll set off in the direction of the Mitad del Mundo, on the equinoctial line, where you can
test the veracity of the various properties attributed to the equator. Try balancing an egg on a nail and ask to have
your photo taken with a foot in each hemisphere.