Quito is a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
Quito (elevation: 2,800 meters or 9,186 feet) lies at the heart
of the Avenue of Volcanoes, the two parallel lines of volcanoes
which run along the Andes. The city is known for its warm days
and chilly nights.
Parque Carolina is one of the most popular urban parks in
the entire country. Located in the northern part of Quito, the
park used to be the city's airport. Facilities include soccer
fields, basketball courts and plenty of volleyball. Paddle boats
are for rent on a small pond.
Metropolitan Park is said to be the largest urban park in
all of South America. Located in northern Quito behind the Atahualpa
Olympic Stadium, the park is great for walking, running and
mountain biking. Climb for a good view of Cotopaxi.
El Ejido is a small park located between the Old and New Towns.
Crafts are sold on weekends.
Atahualpa Olympic Stadium is the major venue for futbol.
Check out the work of BiciAcción.
The Telefériqo cable car is located on the city's western
fringes, climbing the flanks of the massive Pichincha Volcano
from 3,000 up to 4,000 meters.On clear days the panorama includes
at least four snow-covered peaks and dozens of lesser volcanoes.
The complex includes cafés, restaurants and souvenir
shops, as well as a large amusement park.
There are numerous bars, but few with live music. Quito has
two popular pubs -- Reina Victoria, 530 Reina Victoria y Roca
and Turtles Head, La Nina. Reina Victoria is the oldest and
is a great information hub.
The city was established as the capital on December 6, 1534.