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Things to Do in Quito

Want to know some of the standout things to do in Quito? Then have a look through our handpicked suggestions below...

1. Take the Telerifiqo

The Telerifiqo is the world’s second highest cable car. Setting off from the south of the city (on the Avenida Occidental), it climbs to the top of Cruz Loma. Just make sure you wrap up warm, as, over 4000 meters up, it can be a little chilly!

2. Get Wet at Los Festejos de Carnaval!

In the run-up to Easter, Quito’s carnival celebrations are notable for many things: parades, music, dancing… and water bombs. Unsuspecting visitors have also been known to be bombarded with flour bombs, so prepare to get thoroughly drenched.

3. Check out the Cebiche

Cebiche is a Quito delicacy. A thick broth of prawns, it comes served with a side order of popcorn which you’re supposed to mix in. Served across the city, it’s a cheap way to get some great local food in you.

4. Go Monastery Mad and Church Crazy in the Old Town

Like many cities in South America, Quito is overflowing with religious buildings. Some of its churches and monasteries, like the Iglesia de la Merced and the Iglesia de San Francisco (with its adjoining monastery), are truly stunning.

5. Park Life

Quito’s parks often fill up with old men playing a version of petanques. Sitting under the trees in the Parque el Ejido, and watching as the men noisily set about their games, provides a fantastic insight into day-to-day life in the city.

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