Introducing Quito, Ecuador
of the most beautiful cities in South America, Quito, Ecuador's
capital city, lies in a valley high in the northern Andes
Mountains of Ecuador.
Situated at an altitude of 2,850 meters (9,470 feet), Quito
experiences a very mild, spring-like climate, with temperatures
typically ranging anywhere from 7º C (45º F) at
night to 26º C (79 ºF) at midday. Quito’s
location, climate and spectacular scenery make it an excellent
starting point for travelers to Ecuador, and one of the best
destinations in South America for both students and tourists
The City of Quito harbors a broad selection of interesting
cultural attractions, from its churches with their centuries-old
colonial architecture to its museums, which include the Casa
de la Cultura with its impressive collection of artwork from
Ecuador’s best artists.
Quito has a wide range of restaurants, bars, and hotels to
satisfy the needs of both wealthy travelers
and budget-conscious students. Quito's restaurants feature
a variety of international foods that are guaranteed to satisfy
even the most discriminating palate. Ecuadorian, Thai,
Indian, Mexican and Italian are among the many types of food
you will find in this surprisingly international city.
At night, you can check out the nightlife at Quito's many
bars and clubs, which feature anything from quiet conversation
or karaoke to a wild night of salsa dancing and tequila.
Finally, you can check into any of Quito's many accommodations,
ranging from humble hostels to expensive luxury hotels.
Ecuadorians are known for their friendliness, hospitality,
and helpfulness to others. In fact, some of the friendliest
people in Latin America live in Ecuador. You’ll
be pleasantly surprised by the way acquaintances take the
time both to greet and talk to you with the kind of warmth
and affection that can only be found in this part of the world.
The range of climates and topography that you’ll find
within only a few hours of Quito will surprise you on every
excursion that takes you outside of town. To the west,
you’ll find the coastal region with its very warm yet
breezy climate, and beautiful beaches. To the east,
you`ll find the upper Amazon jungle with its hot, humid climate,
and spectacular diversity of both flora and fauna.
More fascinating still is the westernmost region of Ecuador,
the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are a chain of
13 larger and 61 smaller islands located in the Pacific Ocean
960 km (1536 miles) off the coast of mainland Ecuador.
The inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural
Selection, these islands offer the eco-tourist the opportunity
to view a
variety of species which are endemic only to the Galapagos
themselves. Species of animals such as the Marine Iguana,
Green Turtle, Blue-footed Boobie, Galapagos Penguin, and the
Flightless Cormorant can be found along the shores of these
magnificent, volcanically-formed islands.
For a nation of its size, Ecuador offers a diversity of climate,
topography, and wildlife that is unparalleled in the entire
world. Whether you’re staying as a student or
a visiting tourist, exploring this surprising and diverse
country is an experience you won’t want to miss!
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