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Quito - The highest capital city in the world

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, a city surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, was one of the first places in the world to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, and is now one of the most important historical centres in Latin America. Brightsun Travel offers year round exclusive holidays to Quito to take you to a fabulous city in the Americas. You could start your city tour of Quito by taking the Teleférico aerial tram up to the Cruz Loma viewpoint, 13,000 feet above sea level, and grab yourself incredible views of the city. Then, for an overview of the city’s history, you could head straight to the Museo Nacional, located in the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana complex, and explore the largest collection of Ecuadorian art in the country, and artefacts dating back to AD 1534, including tools used by Ecuador’s first hunter-gatherer communities. Then, take in the incredible Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, an architectural highlight in the city dating back to the 1600s. To bring you up to date, you could spend an afternoon at the La Capilla del Hombre (Chapel of Man), a cultural complex and art centre that showcases art works from across Latin America’s indigenous communities.

When you have finished touring the city’s vast range of museums, galleries and buildings, you could watch the sun go down from the Parque El Ejido, and catch the last of the craft vendors in the park's regular crafts markets. Or, head to Parque Itchimbia for fantastic views of the city. As night sets in in Quito you could head to the central La Ronda street or Plaza Foch for some of the city’s best clubs, bars and live music venues. The next day, spend the afternoon at the Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal and meet local artisans selling a range of handicrafts, jewellery and woodwork. For something a little more adventurous, you could take a hike around the crater rim of the nearby Pululahua, a place where you can start to appreciate Quito’s dramatic surrounding landscapes. Brightsun Travel has year round cheap holidays to Quito. Contact us for incredible deals on flights, hotel packages and exciting tours of the city.

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