Eight Facts About Quito Ecuador

by | Apr 18, 2019 | Archives

Here is information about Ecuador’s capital city provided by our friend and attorney Dr Andres Cordova.

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Dr. Andres Cordova


Quito is an eminently livable city, with springtime weather year-round, the perks of a metropolis and an impressive rooster of things to do, Quito is my hometown and, suffice to say, I love it.

It has world-class restaurants, it has theater and music shows, it boasts some really nice shopping malls, it has parks and history all over. It has intense neighborhoods in the middle of the hustle and bustle, or suburbs where you can enjoy the greenery and where hundreds of birds will sing to you as they welcome the new day.

Quito is a happening place for sure. It is increasingly the host of a vibrant local and international community.

If you are interested in Quito, drop us a line.

Here are 8 quick facts about Quito:


As the last capital of the fabled Inca empire (1460-1532) and founded as San Francisco de Quito by the Spanish colonialists on December 6 1534, Quito boasts an impressive cultural heritage where Spanish colonial and indigenous art and culture amalgamate beautifully.

Valued artistic expressions in architecture, painting, sculpture, woodwork, and metalwork are a testament to this. This is why Quito was among the very first cities in the world to receive a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 1978.

The conservation and highlighting of Quito’s patrimony is a challenge that has been welcomed head on by authorities and the community and that’s produced an increasing number of tourists that are visiting the city.


Quito’s historical district is deemed to be among the best preserved colonial towns in Latin America and, also, its largest.

It is 375 hectares (926 acres) of narrow cobblestone streets with beautiful colonial and baroque facades where you will find 40 stunning churches, 16 convents and thousands of patrimonial heritage buildings. Including 3 churches deemed among the most emblematic of classist architecture in the continent.

Its colonial district is one of the reasons Quito was named Cultural Heritage Site of the World in 1978 by UNESCO.


Quito’s mix of great historic patrimony and modern development, encapsulated in stunning andean scenery has brought it many accolades and growing tourism.

In 2018 Quito obtained its 6th consecutive Leading Destination in South America by the World Travel Awards and for a second occassion one as the Leading Destination for Meetings and Conferences.

It has been included in the “1000 Places to See Before You Die” eddited by the New York Times.

Also, not long ago, Lonely Planet designated Quito as one of the 10 best places to visit due to its colonial town, andean scenery and varied hotels on offer. And National Geographic, in turn, established Quito among its top 20 destinations for 2013.

Quito has ranked high in accolades by Trip Advisor and Conde Nast Traveler.



Monument to the equator, minutes from Quito

The equatorial line that divides the world in a northern and southern hemisphere goes straight through Quito’s Metropolitan District. You can get to the world’s southern hemisphere and be back at the northern in a matter of minutes.

Or perhaps a second, if you happen to be at the Middle of The World City, a tourist hotspot some 15 miles north of the center of Quito, where you can jump from one hemisphere to the other all you want.

There you will find a line that shows latitude 0º 0′ 0″. You will also find a 30 meter (95 feet) tall monument that commemorates the 18th Century Franco-Spanish Geodesic mission and contains an ethnographic museum.

There are several pavilions too and even a planetarium, all in a small colonial town replica were local food and handcrafts can be enjoyed.


The mighty Amazon River, the largest river in the world by sheer water volume and among the longest too, was discovered in late 1541 by Francisco de Orellana who spearheaded an expedition organized by Francisco Pizarro.

Francisco de Orellana’s expedition, which sought to discover the fabled El Dorado with its gold and large extensions of cinnamon trees, a very sought after species at the time, started very near where the site where the Hotel Quito is located. As it happens, where I spoke to a large audience of Gary Scott conference attendees many years ago.

The expedition was a grueling ordeal, where many men fell ill and died of exhaustion, hunger and illness, when not attacked or threatened by several tribes of the amazon region along the way. They did not find El Dorado, that’s for sure. But they did find the Amazon River, the largest in the world.



This is Parque Metropolitano, deemed to be the largest urban park in Latin America

At 557 hectares (1.375 acres) Parque Metropolitano of Quito (Metropolitan Park) is deemed to be among the largest urban parks in South America. For comparison purposes, Central Park in NY has 340 hectares (840 acres).

The park sits atop a hillside and enjoys bicycle and walking paths, children’s recreation sites, BBQ areas and stunning views of the city and of the Tumbaco Valley.

In many parts, the park is densely covered in forest. In others, it has open areas peppered with benches, sculptures and more. The bicycle paths are epic. Going from training wheels simple to epic kamikaze descents. I use to do many of the latter until some years ago.

It is a place for recreation, sports, rest and contemplation, right in the middle of town.


View from the park.


After Bolivia’s La Paz, Quito is the second highest capital in the world, at 9.350 feet (2.850m) above sea level.

At this height, some people can experience altitude sickness, which usually gives way as the body gets accustomed to the altitude.

Nested in the Andes, Quito has truly breathtaking scenery. On a clear day you can see many snow topped mountains, including the Cotopaxi (the highest active volcano in the world), Chimborazo, which is Ecuador’s tallest mountain and Cayambe (on the way to Cotacachi).


Quito is also a modern city, surrounded by beautiful landscapes


Quito’s will soon inaugurate a new metro. At $2 billion dollars, Quito’s metro is the largest urban mobility project in the history of Ecuador.

Construction began in December 2012 and is expected to be operation at the end of the year. It will be completely subterranean.

It is expected that Line 1 of the Metro will transport up to 400.000 daily passengers in a length of 22km, where 15 stations can be crossed in under 34 minutes, a third of what it takes to do the same run on a bus. Two additional lines are expected in the future.

Quito is a very elongated city as it is nested by mountain ranges to each side. The Metro was designed to go the length, providing an extraordinary hub to get to any part of town.

It has generated over 20.000 direct and indirect jobs and will bring enhanced development to the areas around the stations. It will increase productivity and reduce contamination. Can’t wait to ride it.

Andres Cordova

If you have questions about Quito Ecuador please send me a note at gary@garyascott.com with the words “QUITO” in the subject line.

Spanish words you can use

Nationality – Nacionalidad
Passport – Pasaporte
Marriage – Matrimonio
Symbol – Símbolo
Cuenta – Account


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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html



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