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The history of Quito: It goes back to the first inhabitants who inhabited the eastern regions of the District around 1030 a.c., in the sector of the Inca. Although there are archaeological remains that show that the city was inhabited for centuries, the exact moment of its foundation is unknown.

Later with the arrival of the Incas, Quito became an important city in the northern area of Tahuantinsuyo and with the destruction of Tomebamba became the second capital of the Inca empire. On December 6, 1534 the city would be conquered by the Spaniards and it is, from that date, that it is considered its foundation. During the colony would be the political center of the current Ecuador, the second city to be founded in Ecuadorian territory and since that time the capital and main city of the nation.

A tour of the capital of Ecuador takes you from the Andes to the Sub Tropic: without a doubt this is the city of diversity, in cultural expressions, as well as in natural wonders. It has the largest and best preserved historic center in Latin America, it is the highest capital in the world (2,850 m high) and sits on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano.

Quito is unique: Much of the uniqueness of Quito is because of the geography that the Andes give it, which is more present here than in neighboring capitals, you can see snowy peaks at any distance! Quito shares an Inca legacy with Peru, but the Incas only conquered the millenary conglomerate of native manors 50 years before the arrival of the Spaniards. The culture of Quito - and of Ecuador, in general - is therefore very diverse and multifaceted.

The Quito area was one of the last places to be conquered by the Incas and the city, one of the first Spanish foundations in South America. Quito was also the first city in America to recover its independence (August 10, 1809), but finally it was one of the last to achieve it, in 1822.

World Heritage: The concentration of churches, chapels, plazas, museums and most important colonial buildings of South America has been made in Quito the first city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was in 1978.

Money: The official currency in Ecuador since the year 2000 is the United States dollar; The previous currency was the sucre and the change was frozen at $ 25,000 for each dollar. Many restaurants, stores and commercial establishments receive debit and credit cards, but some businesses use only cash. Take it into account.

Climate: To be a city located between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, its perfect temperate climate is hard to believe, and it is only possible thanks to the way in which the city rises above sea level, in a pleasant inter-Andean valley in the midst of imposing volcanoes.

During the summer, the temperature varies from 14 ° C to 24 ° C (57 ° F to 75 ° F), it is a dry and windy season and runs from June to September. Winter begins in October and is characterized by rain in the afternoon, during this period the temperature ranges from 8 ° C to 15 ° C (46 ° F to 59 ° F). In the evenings and nights the temperature always goes down and it can rain. It never hurts to load a coat, sweater or umbrella although the day starts sunny.

Security: The height of Quito and its surroundings varies between 500 m, 2,850 m and 4,100 m (1,640, 9,350 and 13,451 feet). For outdoor activities you should consult a doctor for heart conditions that the traveler may have. The majority of the world's population lives at sea level, taking into account the effects of altitude for your visit.

Clothing: If the weather permits, wear a T-shirt, shorts, hat and sunglasses in the morning. Evening and evening may be cold, it is convenient to wear long pants. It is advisable to always have a rain jacket on hand.

Technology: Many squares and public parks have WIFI access. Most hotels, hostels and restaurants offer free access to this service: smartphones, tablets and laptops are a great help for travelers.

MAIN TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN QUITO
• Middle of the World City
• The Panecillo
• Pichincha Volcano
• TeleferiQo
• Basilica of the National Vow
• Quito's Historic center
• Pululahua geobotanical reserve
• La Carolina Park
• Pasochoa
• The Chapel of Man
• Carondelet Palace
• Vulqano Park
• Quito Zoo
• Yaku water museum
• Foch Plaza (The Zone)
• House of Ecuadorian Culture
• Quito Botanical Garden
• Artisan Market
• Metropolitan park

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