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Information about Quito, Ecuador
The full name of Quito, Ecuador's capital, is San Francisco de Quito. The city is located within the Andes Mountain Range, where it sits 2850m above sea level, making it second only to La Paz, Bolivia as the world's highest capital. Quito is South America's oldest capital city. The date of its founding is traditionally considered December 6, 1534, when the Spanish arrived here. The city's origins however actually date back much further.
Ecuador's national government and financial bodies are headquarted in Quito. It is also considered the centre of the country's business, administration and culture.
The city features one of Latin America's best preserved old quarters. It shares with Cracow, Poland the distinction of being the first city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is also home to the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.
You can see incredible views of nearby volcanic formations from many parts of Quito. If you're eager to take in a more panoramic view, a cable car that climbs 4200m above sea level will provide you with beautiful scenes of the Andes.
Visiting Quito's old town is like taking a trip to the past. Local police officers also serve as helpful tour guides, and can help you with any questions you may have. At night, city lights illuminate old fashioned horse-drawn carraige rides, recalling the city's colonial history.
Quito's nightlife revolves around the Plaza Foch and the Plaza del Quinde, where restaurants, clubs and bars keep the nighttime excitement alive.
Quito is an ideal destination for experiencing Andean life, right in the heart of Latin America.