The official full name of Quito is Villa de San Francisco de Quito and the historic centre has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1978. The colourful picturesque streets, busy squares and authentic local atmosphere make this city worth a visit. We take you to Quito for 24 hours.
Breakfast: Hay Pan de Jerome
Start your day at Hay Pan, a small bakery right in the centre of Quito. Here you can get fresh rolls and pastries, but you can also taste a full breakfast menu. A nice way to start your day with a well-filled stomach and a real Ecuadorian coffee.
Photo: Hay Pan de Jerome
To do: Visit the Pichincha volcano
For a nice view over Quito take the cable car: El Teleférico to the Pichincha volcano. Take a taxi from the city centre to the west of the city where the cable car takes you up from 3100 meters to 3900 meters, making it one of the highest cable cars in South America. The trip by cable car takes about 18 minutes and you will pass 3 different microclimates during your trip up. Once you reach the final destination Cruz Loma, you will have a beautiful view over Quito. If you want to see more of the surroundings, you can make nice hikes here.
Lunch: High Tea from Casa Gangotena
After a refreshing walk, you will undoubtedly be hungry. A must, for an overnight stay as well as lunch or dinner, is Casa Gangotena. The hotel-restaurant is connected to Relais & Châteaux, so you can be sure that every meal you order here is of excellent quality. Looking for something special? Then take your time for lunch and choose the Quiteño style high tea with excellent coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries. Choose real Ecuadorian coffee or tea made from fresh tea leaves. Be surprised by the various savoury and sweet dishes. And as it should be with a high tea, a scone is also waiting for you.
Photo: Casa Gangotena
To do: Visit Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús
This baroque church is made of volcanic rock and was completed in 1765, 160 years after construction began. The church has different architectural styles and is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Ecuador. The inside is covered with gold leaf and you can find carvings, paintings and sculptures.
Photo: Atlas Obscura
After a day full of impressions you can relax and enjoy an excellent dinner at Zazu. The Ecuadorian Chef Wilson Apala serves modern dishes with Latin American influences. Local ingredients are used for the dishes. Many vegetables are grown in their own greenhouses and they work together with local farmers and fishermen to ensure that their dishes are always of good quality. This restaurant is also connected to Relais & Châteaux for good reason.
Photo: Relais & Châteaux
Going out: the rooftop terrace of Casa Gangotena
On the third floor of Casa Gangotena, you will find a panoramic roof terrace, where you can enjoy delicious drinks. From here you have a beautiful view over the city of Quito which is filled with lights in the evening.
Stay the night: Illa Experience Hotel
The Illa Experience Hotel is a unique place to stay and is within walking distance of the central square. The hotel is located in a historic mansion, which makes your stay truly authentic. Each floor has a different interior inspired by a historical period.
Quito is, with its history and beautiful colonial centre, a good place to start your trip. Are you curious and would you like to know more about a journey through Ecuador? Then feel free to contact us. We will be happy to work out a suitable travel proposal for you. Call +31 73 610 62 04 or send an email to email@example.com.