Quito, Ecuador

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It is the capital and most populous city of Ecuador, located in northwestern South America. It lies north of Ecuador in the Guayllabamba River basin on the eastern slopes of Pichincha (4,794 meters), an active volcano in the Andes. Quito is located approximately 35 km south of the Ecuador line. A monument marks the place as la mitad del mundo ("the middle of the world").
Gateway to destinations such as the Galapagos Archipelago and Cuenca, the capital of Ecuador is one of those places that should be included in South American travel itineraries. It houses one of the continent's most beautiful historic centers (which, by the way, is the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO).
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The Historic Center, the first Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the historical sector of the capital of Ecuador is considered the largest and best preserved in the Americas. It is a mix of Hispanic, Arab, Flamenco, Italian and pre-Columbian indigenous influences. Plaza de la Independencia is in the heart of Quito's historic old town. There you will find part of the most interesting buildings in the city, such as the Palacio de Carondelet (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archdiocese, the City Hall and the Plaza Grande Hotel.
One of the experiments in Quito is the Centro del Mundo and the equatorial line drawn by the Geodetic Mission that determines the latitude point 0 ° 0'0 ''.
Built in 1534 in a narrow valley over an ancient Inca city, Quito boasts a privileged view of some of the continent's tallest and most active volcanoes such as Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Sangay.
Narrow streets, colonial houses and a plethora of historic museums and imposing churches invite you to explore the city's central UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The season with precipitation is mild and overcast; the dry season is pleasant and partly cloudy. Throughout the year, the temperature generally ranges from 9 ° C to 19 ° C and is rarely below 7 ° C or above 21 ° C.
The best time of year to visit Quito and warm weather activities is from mid-June to mid-September.
Health and vaccination
It is recommended for all travelers with medical and travel insurance (Ecuador's public health care system caters for all people, including foreigners in an emergency and private hospitals require medical insurance or credit card retention).

Mandatory vaccines: none

Recommended: Yellow fever.

The sanitary network is precarious, but the main urban centers have potable water.
Therefore, the usual precautions that common sense requires are: not to neglect personal effects, not to display luxury goods, to avoid talking on the mobile phone in the street, not to walk around in urban areas, not to travel unattended to remote places and Preferably avoid night trips, choose reputable travel agencies (endorsed by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism), especially if you want to make excursions to more isolated locations, as well as transport and official taxis. In short, it is recommended that you maintain a vigilant and cautious attitude, especially in the historic centers of large cities.
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