Facts About Quito

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This week Dr. Andres Cordova shares information about Ecuador’s capital city, Quito.

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Dr. Andres Cordova

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A few days ago, a client (and friend) from New York sent me a picture of a major snowfall that had almost completely covered his car in the driveway. My son, that lives in Southfield, Mi., in turn, sent me a short video of the streets coated in the whitest (and coldest) of blankets as he arrived to the office early in the morning and my daughter, who lives in Pamplona, Spain, sent me a picture of a snow stricken and semi-paralyzed Madrid.

As it happens, a few days later, a friend from Toronto sent me a message from Salinas, Ecuador. He told me he had just bought a condo there, and shared some pictures of the ocean view, while enjoying a sunny and balmy day. He said “Ecuador is a paradise… full of opportunities”

This left me dwelling on how important is climate for quality of life and how I always ponder about the extraordinarily good climate we have in Quito year-round. As I write this article, I am enjoying a nice 75ºF and clear blue skies.

While I love snow – it’s magical – it can get on your nerves. Weather extremes can be a pain.

All this has prompted me to revisit an article I wrote some time ago, highlighting 8 facts about Quito.

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, theater and music shows on offer; boasts sparkling shopping malls, expansive parks and culture and history all over.

It has intense neighborhoods in the middle of the hustle and bustle, or suburbs where you can enjoy lush 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.

Here are 8 quick facts about Quito:


As the last capital of the fabled Inca empire (1460-1532), founded as San Francisco de Quito by the Spaniards 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, viewed from the Panecillo hill. The historic district in front.

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

It has 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.


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 occasion one as the Leading Destination for Meetings and Conferences.

It has been included in the “1000 Places to See Before You Die” edited 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.


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.



La Carolina Park, in the middle of the modern part of the city.

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.


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 (located on the way to Cotacachi).


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, after some delays, is expected to be operation this year. It will be completely subterranean.

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 projected.

Quito is a very elongated city as it is flanked 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 with ease.

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.


Street scene on a Saturday in Cumbaya (suburbs) where I live.

Stay Safe!



Climate – Clima
Nerves – Nervios
Enjoy – Disfrutar
Paradise – Paraíso
Metro – Metro

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Merri teaching a Super Spanish course in Florida.

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Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

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Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

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Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

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Still not sure?

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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.



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