Luxury Travel to Quito
Squeezed between mountain peaks amid the dramatic Andes, Quito’s setting is just as dramatic and inspiring as its character and identity, which can be discovered in everything from historic streets and bustling markets, to vibrant restaurants and awe-inspiring nature.
Ecuador’s capital, one of the highest in the world, is a fascinating mix of historical charm and striking modernity, with contrasts found around every corner of this dynamic but modest city.
It’s difficult to ignore the historical significance of Quito, founded in the early 16th century and still showcasing signs of its beginnings. The city’s old town and historical centre is one of the largest and best-preserved historic centres in the Americas. Alongside Krakow, in 1978 Quito was the first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its old town is full of beautiful old buildings and plazas. Wandering into Plaza Grande is like entering into a past era, with the grand Presidential Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral surrounding the square. Nearby La Compañía de Jesus, with its gold interior, has withstood earthquakes since the 17th century.
History is very much just one part of this burgeoning city’s appeal, and after exploring informative museums, climbing church towers and discovering colourful cobblestone streets, visitors will uncover numerous other ingredients that form the captivating capital of Ecuador. Whether it’s haggling in a local market, indulging in the diverse nightlife or heading into and hiking the surrounding landscapes for incredible city views, Quito offers adventure, discovery and inspiration in large doses.
When to go
Quito can be visited all year round. Because of the altitude it can be cool in the evenings.
What to do
- Explore the historic plazas
- Visit the stunningly ornate churches and monasteries
- Take day trips to the nearby cloud forest, Otavalo and Cotapaxi
- Explore vibrant and colourful markets
- Make the climb up El Panecillo
Itineraries including Quito
Accommodation in Quito
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Casa GangotenaRemoved you may think, but the hotel sits quite comfortably in this characteristically Old World part of town, and being conveniently positioned at the colonial and cultural heart of Quito its thirty-one rooms have magnificent views over the square and surrounding monuments. Inside the décor is elegantly traditional, but is kept quite minimal for a contemporary twist. Downstairs is the lobby, complete with marble floors, velvet Chesterfields, and peppered with the odd antique, as is the dining room, bar and conservatory central patio. Then via the spiral stairs (or lift) are the rooms that feature all the contemporary amenities matched to the more modern soft furnishings, but the high ceilings, mouldings, wall murals and marbled bathrooms nod loyally to the mansion’s past and the opulence of a bygone era. We can arrange for a number of private city tours of Quito with our expert, local guides. Please discuss this with our consultants when planning your itinerary