28 Things To Do in Quito, Ecuador (+ City Guide) For 1st-Timers!

Man posing at Pululahua Volcano
One of the coolest things to do in Quito: Pululahua Volcano (I hiked it in these clothes. I do not endorse this lack of preparation).

In a country named after the fact that most of it straddles the Earth’s Equator, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito is one of the highest elevated capital cities in the world. A gritty city with vibrance, history and culture, finding things to do in Quito isn’t hard if you have an open mind. 

Ecuador remains one of the least visited countries in South America, and even though its capital Quito may be a little rough around the edges, there’s more than enough to explore when we broaden the scope of travel in Ecuador. 

So let’s break down 28 things to do in Quito and get you excited about this family uncharted Andean capital city that gets significantly less love than more popular cities in South America.

History of Quito

Human settlements around Quito’s nearby Ilaló volcano can be traced as far back as 8,000 BC. However, it wasn’t until 1500 BC that we saw the first prehistoric village appear in the area, covering an area of 26 hectares in what is now the Quito neighbourhood of Cotocollao.

It’s thought that the Kingdom of Quito and the Quito people began to carve their own unique culture during the 9th century. They were soon overpowered by the Cara people from the coast until the rise of the Inca Empire took over the autonomy of the region in the 15th century. 

With the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 1530s, the Inca resistance to the Spanish colonists was centred around this region and led by the Inca warrior, Rumiñawi. Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar captured Rumiñawi, put him to death and then went on to stick a flag in the town of Quito which would become its modern-day site. 

On the 28th of March 1541, Quito was declared a city, and on the 23rd of February 1556, it was given the title Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de San Francisco de Quito, which can be loosely translated into English as, The Very Noble and Loyal City of San Francisco of Quito. 

By the mid-18th century, the city’s population had grown to around 10,000, and in 1765 the people sought to overthrow the colonial masters in what has become known as the Quito Revolt. Although quashed, they sowed the seeds of rebellion that would eventually accumulate in a total overthrow of Spain’s rule in 1822. 

Now, Quito has made a name for itself as a city with a heady mixture of impressive modernity, unique culture and ancient traditions and an ideal gateway to more exotic and famous destinations such as The Galapagos Islands. 

Where is Quito?

Quito lies in the north of Ecuador; high in the Andean foothills, surrounded by the slopes of the longest continental mountain range in the world. Perched on the edge of the Guayllabamba River basin, the city is overlooked by the eastern regions of the Pichincha volcano, which is still active to this very day.

Standing at 2,850 m (9,350 ft) above sea level, Quito is the second-highest official capital city in the world. Where it does take the top spot, however, is as the closest capital city to the equator, which runs directly through the town itself. 

I love the pedanticism that places go to with the attempt to get in the Guinness Book of World Records and quite frankly, I applaud it. You have to work with what cards you were dealt in life, and you can’t blame them for trying to milk that tourism cash as much as possible.

If you are interested in adding the highest official capital city to your South American itinerary then see how it measures up by reading all of the weird and wonderful things to do in La Paz, Bolivia.

Best Time of Year To Visit Quito

Generally speaking, the climate of Quito can be divided into two separate seasons; the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season lasts for four months between June and September, while the rainy season runs for around eight months between October and May.

July and August tend to be the driest months in Quito, while April is considered the wettest months in the city. For your best chance of making sure your trips are not a washout, you’re going to want to visit the Ecuador capital at some point between June and September. 

However, these months are also when everybody else wants to go, so you’ll need to be ready for busy streets and higher accommodation prices. 

For that reason alone, I’d probably recommend trying to coincide your visit to Quito with shoulder season, so either November or February. While chances of rain are slightly higher during these months, the weather is still a pleasant 20°C, and you won’t have to battle too much with the other tourists in town. 

How To Get To Quito

Quito isn’t the most straightforward of capital cities to get to, but South America is generally a minefield when it comes to getting around, as I learned when planning my Patagonia itinerary.

Whether you’re coming from inside the continent or from a far-flung destination, here are a few ways to get to the Ecuador capital. 

From Abroad

The fastest and easiest way to get to the Ecuadorian capital is to fly to Mariscal Sucre Quito International Airport, which sits just 11 miles east of the city. One of the busiest airports in both the country and South America as a whole, the airport sees tonnes of international flights touch down on its runways every single day. This includes direct flights from North America and Europe.

If you’re coming from Europe, you may need to catch a connecting flight in Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam or another large travel hub. You may even have to make a second connection in Bogota in Colombia or Panama.

North America and Europe tend to have a lot of direct flights heading this way; here are a few to look out for:

  • Amsterdam to Quito ~12 hours
  • Madrid to Quito ~11 hours 
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Quito ~ 4 hours
  • Houston to Quito ~ 5 hours 
  • Atlanta to Quito ~ 5 hours

From Banos

Banos sits just under 120 miles south of the capital, and getting from here to Quito is easiest done by public bus. The journey usually takes around 3.5 hours to complete, but prepare yourself for a few more hours on the road if the traffic is bad, or if there’s a particularly winding road that the driver needs to navigate.

These public buses aren’t the most comfortable but they’re cheap and cheerful at just $4 one-way. You’ll find the main bus terminal in Banos just a short walk from the city centre and with buses leaving every half an hour or so you won’t need to book ahead. In fact, with many of these buses, you just have to turn up on the day and see what’s available.

Once you’ve arrived in Quito, you’ll be dropped off at Terminal Terrestre, the city’s main bus terminal. Just outside the terminal you’ll find shuttle buses that regularly leave for the city centre, or you can jump in a local taxi – there’s never one too far away. 

From Guayaquil 

A huge 300 miles south of the capital, travelling from Guayaquil to Quito can be a hefty journey to do. Really, you have two choices; either jump on a bus across the country from Guayaquil to Quito or take a quicker domestic flight. Deciding which to do may all depend on your funds and whether or not you want to add to your air miles and carbon footprint.

On paper, the bus from Guayaquil to Quito takes around nine hours. In reality, it’s normally a fair few more hours than that. The route from the port to the high mountains means the road is a long and winding one, and with a few stops along the way, time adds up, and fast. One-way fares start from around $20, and Cooperativa de Transportes Zaracay tends to come highly recommended by other travellers. 

Alternatively, you can fly between the two cities, which comes at a price of around $50 or more depending on the time you fly. Taking around 50 minutes to an hour, this is, by far, the fastest way of getting from Guayaquil to Quito.

From Cuenca

Hidden away even further south in Ecuador is the Cuenca. However, despite being slightly further away compared to Guayaquil, it sits on the same mountainous plane as Quito and is much quicker when it comes to travelling to the capital city. 

Taking around eight to nine hours to journey by bus, this is another long ride to take on if you would prefer to keep out of the skies. A one-way ticket on the bus will cost around $12-20, depending on what bus company you use and the level of comfort that you’re after. 

If you want to get there faster, a flight takes around 50 minutes to an hour. And, if you book your flight in advance, it will cost around $30-$40. 

How To Get Around Quito

With a population of 1.6 million people, the city can feel like somewhat of a maze when you’re trying to navigate your way through the many things to do in Quito. Luckily, the public transport is relatively good, and there’s always an affordable taxi to fall back on if you need them.

Taxi

Quito has numerous fleets of taxis operating throughout the city, not unlike the yellow taxi cabs seen in the US. All taxis are equipped with a metre, and trips around the city itself are likely to be around the $5 mark. 

Before using these taxis, it’s important to make sure they are legitimate. You can do this by making sure the taxi has the municipality registration number sticker displayed on its windscreen and doors, has orange license plates or the new white plates with an orange stripe on the top and video cameras inside.  

A relatively new addition to the taxi scene in Quito is EasyTaxi. Similar to Uber, EasyTaxi is an app that you can download to your phone that allows you to call a cab at the touch of a button. It’s a fool-proof way to ensure your taxi is safe, and ideal if there are no local taxis to be flagged down nearby.

Public Transport

Public transport in Quito takes the form of three electric bus lines, the Trolebus, Metrobus and Ecovía. These three bus routes operate in their own lanes along the city streets, and no one other than these buses can use them. Think of them like an overground version of a subway that you might see in other cities around the world. 

All journeys across the city cost the same 25 cents, but each bus will take you to a different region. Here’s where they go:

  • Trolebus runs through the middle of the city, stopping off at the Carcelen bus terminal, Quitumbe bus terminal and Old Town of Quito.
  • Ecovia makes its way through the eastern side of Quito, with key stops in Rio Coca and the Quitumbe bus terminal.
  • Metrobus passes along the Avenida America which connects the La Ofelia and Quitumbe bus stations.

Uber

Earlier on, I mentioned the local version of Uber, EasyTaxi. However, if you’re more comfortable sticking to what you know, Uber runs a popular service in Quito too.

It’s actually one of the only cities in Ecuador to have Uber and can be a much-welcomed familiar face if you’re struggling to get around, or can’t find that bus you’ve been waiting on for an hour. Simply put in your destination, and you’ll receive a quote for your journey, leaving out any chance of miscommunication.

Is Quito Safe?

South America is one of my favourite regions to travel in the world, but a major con is it’s also an area in the world where you have to remain hyper-vigilant, this being the main reason I became somewhat jaded living there (same deal with Mexico City living), opting to move to the safe haven of Southeast Asia and choosing to live in Chiang Mai as an expat instead. 

Quito is no different. 

Petty crime such as pickpocketing is not uncommon in Quito, and outright theft with the force of violence is not unheard of either. 

This being the case, you’re going to want to keep a close eye on your more expensive belongings (phones, laptops, watches) and always stay aware of what’s going on around you, especially in crowded places and on public transport (on that note, avoid the aforementioned public busses if you’re anxious about safety).

Certain areas of the city are considered less friendly areas, and it is advised to avoid them if possible. Be cautious, but even more so in the following areas:

  • La Carolina
  • El Ejido
  • La Mariscal
  • La Floresta
  • Bellavista
  • República de El Salvador
  • La Marin

One of the biggest challenges for tourists visiting Quito is the number of scams around that is frustratingly easy to fall foul to. These are a few common scams to be aware of while you’re travelling around ticking off those things to do in Quito.

  • Quitumbe Bus Station.  At the bus station, you’ll need to pay for both your bus ticket and your gate pass, which only costs 20 cents. When you pay for your gate pass and bus ticket, make sure you’re given two tickets, or you might find yourself paying for your bus fare twice.
  • Counterfeit USD. Fake bills are in wider circulation in Ecuador than in the western world, and it’s all too easy to pick one up from change and sometimes even ATMs. It’s worth double-checking your notes as soon as you’ve given them just to make sure.
  • Stained clothes. This is a slightly convoluted robbery technique. Some kind of substance will be squirted on your clothes without you realising. Later in the day, a “helpful” local will let you know that you’ve got dirt on your clothes, offering to help wipe it away. All a distraction technique while his mate is stealing your bag from beneath your feet. 

All in all, Quito does have a bit of a reputation for its high levels of petty crime and theft, and there is a chance that you might be a target of this crime. However, if you stay aware, read up on some common scams and personal travel safety and treat any suspicious activity with scepticism you should be okay. 

I obviously endorse the city, I wouldn’t spend time writing a guide about all the things to do in Quito if it wasn’t worth the hassle. However, I do know a shockingly high percentage of friends who fell prey to scams in Quito so I have to be honest.

I was fine myself, but I’ve been overly suspicious all my life thanks to my upbringing. Both a blessing and a course but in cases like this, it’s pretty handy.

The Crème de la Crème Of Things To Do in Quito

The Ecuadorian capital is a city full of culture, history, great food and overall good times. With so much to see and do, you may be planning a return journey to see other hidden gems in an ever-changing city.

For now, I’ll break down the very best things to do in Quito based on my very own experience in this South American gem. 

1. Take The Teleferico To Pichincha 

Pichincha volcano rises up on the western side of the capital, a dominating sight and a defining image of Quito. To catch the perfect glimpse of this towering giant, Quito has installed the Teleferico; a gondola lift running from the edge of the city centre up to the east side of the volcano. 

As you ride from the city up the volcano’s foothills, breathtaking views of the city below are fused with awesome views of the volcano above.

Around 4,000m above sea level (beating Japan’s tallest mountain by a couple of hundred metres), the climate of the city quickly changes to one of cool and cold surroundings once you reach the top. The jump in altitude can also cause some visitors to feel the effects of altitude sickness as they get to the top. So once you make it to the top of the cable car, take it steady and watch your step.

Aside from the great views of the volcano when you’ve made it to the top, the ten-minute ride shows you what you have in store for the next item on this list. With the countryside and cityscapes below, there is no beating this kind of view of Quito. It’s best to go during the morning, as you should get far clearer views of the landscape if you do.

Know before you go:

  • Location – The Teleferico is located to the far west of the city, on the road of ​​Fulgencio Araujo.
  • Cost – $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children for a ride to the top.
  • Opening hours – 9:30 am – 6 pm
  • Time needed – Around an hour or two to ride up to the top and see the sights while you’re there.
  • Getting there –  Pretty much the only way to get the start of the Teleferico is to hail a taxi or order one via Uber/Easy Taxi. This is one of the most popular things to do in Quito so most local taxi drivers won’t have a problem getting you there for less than $5.

2. Hike Pichincha 

Now that you’ve taken the comfortable Teleferico to the foothills of the volcano, you can begin the fun, exhilarating and rewarding hike to the top of the Pichincha volcano. The entire hike takes around three to four hours and will lead you to the breathtaking height of 15,400 feet above sea level.

The hike to the top is around six miles altogether, and although the trail isn’t amazingly well marked out, the steady stream of hikers has threaded a well-worn route up to the peak. Hiking Pichincha is a fun experience and a wholesome, solid workout; very similar level to hiking Pacaya volcano in Guatemala.

Heading left from the TeleferiQo and down a hill, the trail winds its way up the right side of the volcano. With gradual increases in steepness, the route goes from a gentle amble to a relatively tricky vertical trek.

During the last 15 or 20 minutes of the hike, you’ll need to get a good hand and foothold on the rocky outcrops below you; it’s time to scramble. When the summit finally comes into view, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes, high above the clouds.

What really makes this hike stand out is its accessibility. For the price of a taxi and ticket up Teleferico, you can summit a volcano! Unlike the many Andean hikes throughout South America, hiking Pichincha can be done completely streamlined, right from the city streets of Quito, much like the Cerro Negro Volcano in Guatemala.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Located to the far west of the city and a Teleferico ride away 
  • Cost – Free, but you will have to pay the fee for the ride up to the top, which costs $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children.
  • Opening hours – 9:30 am – 6 pm.
  • Time needed – Give yourself five hours to ensure you have enough time to get up there and complete the hike.
  • Getting there – Take a taxi to the base and ride up the Teleferico to reach the start of the trail.

3. Do the Swing Thing

If the high altitude climb to the top of the Pichincha volcano sounds a little too exhausting, then why not take it easy, reconnect with your inner child and relax on a swing? As your ride up the Teleferico comes to a stop, and you’re taking in the stunning views of the Ecuadorian capital, there is one unique place where you can capture the perfect photo; a swing…before tucking into the local delicacies on offer at the nearby restaurants. 

This wooden farmed play swing has two seats overlooking the vast open spaces and city below. As you gently swing and take in the beautiful surroundings, you won’t be blamed for trying to capture that ultimate Instagramble shot with you swinging and the sprawl of mountainous Ecuador as your backdrop. 

Know before you go:

  • Location – Not far from the restaurant at the end of the Teleferico route. 
  • Cost – Free
  • Opening hours – The Teleferico runs between the hours of 9:30 am and 6 pm so you’ll need to head to the swing sometime then.
  • Time needed – Jumping on the swing for a few minutes should be enough to get the shot.
  • Getting there – Take the Teleferico to the top and make your way to swing close by.

4. Vulqano Amusement Park  

Another of the fantastic things to do in Quito that can be found close to the west of Quito and the Teleferico is the Vulqano Amusement Park.

 A place of thrills and frills, the Vulqano Amusement Park is a great place to let off some steam and have a good time if you’re travelling with a couple of mates (or don’t mind riding solo). 

If you are used to the higher octane, larger amusement parks in places like the USA or even UAE, you may want to manage your expectations a little (same with the safety standards!) But it’s there for you to try out and takes as much time as you need it to. 

This all-ages amusement park has something for everyone and is home to twenty different types of attractions. These include amusement park staples such as roller coasters, swings, carousels and carnival-style games.

Set perfectly with the backdrop of the volcano, whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-inducing rollercoaster, a cheesily-romantic big wheel, want to play on the mini pirate ship and a fun convoy race or you fancy taking it easy with your little ones on a gentle carousel ride, there’s a little something for everyone here.  

After you’ve had your fill of heart-racing roller coasters, head to the on-site food court and restaurants to fill your tums.

Know before you go:

  • Location –  Vulqano Amusement Park is located just at the foot of the Teleferico, on the western side of the city. 
  • Cost – Entry is free, but you’ll need to buy tickets for each ride that start from around $3.
  • Opening hours – 11 am – 7:30 pm
  • Time needed – Give yourself a good couple of hours to explore and enjoy the attractions.
  • Getting there – You can get the number 52 bus from the centre of town and get off at the Antonio Jose de Sucre Y N25 bus stop. Alternatively, a taxi from most places in Quito won’t cost much more than $5. 

5. Wander Up To El Panecillo

In a city surrounded by the foothills of the Andean mountains, finding great viewpoints almost becomes too easy. And yet, coming across a perfect hillside view in the city centre is always a great find. The El Panecillo is a huge mound in the centre of the town that dominates the Quito skyline. Climbing is one of the most rewarding things to do in Quito.

Located south of Quito’s Old Town, the El Panecillo, meaning little loaf of bread, is adorned with a  41m-tall aluminium mosaic statue of La Virgen de Quito or Virgin of Quito, which was completed in 1976. Climbing the steps at the base of the hill and the dominating statue will take you up to the top. Once at the top, you are again rewarded with stunning 360 views of the whole city. 

Particularly during the rainy season, it’s best to make the climb earlier in the morning. This way, you can avoid the rolling clouds that flow in and obscure the views of the volcano and city. 

You can make your way to El Panecillo by foot via the stairs at the end of Calle García Moreno. However, with a slightly dodgy reputation for crime, it might be a better idea to call yourself an Uber/taxi.

This is up to you, I actually ran up at sunset.

Know before you go:

  • Location – El Panecillo is located in the centre of the city, within the Panecillo neighbourhood.
  • Cost – $1 entry fee
  • Opening hours – 9 am – 6 pm 
  • Time needed – Give yourself at least an hour to climb and enjoy the views.
  • Getting there – It’s much easier to catch a taxi from the Old Town, which won’t cost more than a few dollars. 

6. Wander La Ronda

Capturing the real essence of Quito and Ecuador’s colonial past is the famous La Ronda street and neighbourhood. This notable street resides in the northeast section of the city and features quaint cobblestoned streets and stunning colonial architecture all mixed with a booming restaurant, bar and souvenir shop scene.

Most of the buildings in La Ronda date back to the 17th century and have been perfectly restored to showcase them in their former glory. Signs on various walls describe the street and area’s history, enabling you to jump back in time to its colonial heyday. 

Though it’s fantastic to celebrate and explore the region’s indigenous past that was suppressed for so long, it’s also interesting to explore the city’s troublesome past, something that has so strongly defined the region.

Aside from the copious amounts of historical spots, the modern transformation of La Ronda from a once forgotten side of the city, to one of the jewels of Quito has introduced numerous modern attractions. The lamp lit streets give way to doorways and courtyards that lead to art galleries, museums, craft shops and elegant restaurants.

Know before you go:

  • Location – La Ronda is located in the northeast of the city, around the Calderon neighbourhood.
  • Cost – Free to wander around.
  • Opening hours – 24 hours
  • Time needed – To really soak up the atmosphere in La Ronda, give yourself a whole afternoon and evening to check out a few shops and bars. 
  • Getting there – Sitting far out to the northeast, it’s more efficient to grab a quick taxi from the centre to La Ronda. However, buses 21, 27, and 8 also run a route up to La Ronda. 

7. Quito Ciclopaseo (Sunday Biking)

In an inspiring piece of legislation, the people of Quito have introduced the ‘Quito Ciclopaseo’. This is where, every Sunday, a 19-mile route from north to south of the city is closed to traffic from 8 am to 2 pm. 

This allows a steady stream of cyclists to enjoy a Sunday morning bicycle ride through the city, unperturbed by the city traffic.

Beginning in the early 2000s, this event has really taken off and has gone from a monthly to a weekly event. Not only does it promote healthy exercise and an awareness of the city but it’s one small gesture that reinforces your belief in humanity’s ability to step back and take a moment to appreciate the smaller and more helpful things in life.

It’s possible to hire a bicycle from the numerous rental shops throughout the city and once you have done this, all you need to do is decide whether you’ll start in the north or the south. If you’re after flatter terrain for an easier ride, then heading along the segment between El Ejido Park and the Bicentenario Park – the northern section is your best choice.

Ensure you’re stocked up with water and sun cream and remember, this isn’t a race or extreme biking like you’ll see on The Bolivia Death Road. What it is, is a great excuse to get together with both locals and visitors and breathe in the fresh air of a city relieved of car fumes for just one morning – a great excuse to get on your bike and explore the city via your own method of transport, while getting a good workout in.      

Know before you go:

  • Location – The route starts from numerous places, including Galo Plaza Lasso Avenue and El Ejido Park.
  • Cost – Around $25 to rent a bicycle for half of the day.
  • Opening hours – 8 am to 2 pm
  • Time needed – Depending on how much you want to ride, you can cycle from anywhere between an hour and five.
  • Getting there – There are several bike hire shops along the main Pedro Vicente Maldonado Avenue, but it’s worth asking your accommodation to point you in the right direction.

8. Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of The World City)

In the very north of the city, is a monument known as the Ciudad Mitad Del Mundo – a simple line that marks the place where the equator runs directly through Quito. 

Proud of this phenomenon, the area has a war-memorial type vibe to its architecture, but this is smothered by the overwhelming sense of fun and celebration that such a marker sparks in both locals and tourists. 

When you add to this the fact that Ecuador is the Spanish word for the equator, then you’ll understand their elation a little bit more. 

You might be thinking that this is just a line, there can’t be much to see or do here. But, you’d be wrong. Whether it’s someone trying to walk along the equator in a straight line or another taking a photo of themselves standing in both the north and south hemispheres, people go to great lengths to prove where they’ve been.

Other than the line itself, there are a number of other things to do in Quito’s top tourist spot:

  • Take the elevator to the top of the viewing platform and admire the views of the surrounding mountains. As you make your way down the stairs, you’ll also find rooms with museum-type exhibitions telling you more information about the site.
  • Take a ride in the planetarium, a virtual-reality type experience where you’ll see a visualisation of the night sky above Quito.
  • Balance an egg on the head of a nail… because why not? If you can do it, you’ll receive a certificate for your efforts. Get that in your trophy cabinet!
  • Explore the Ancestral Homes exhibit that showcases re-creations of traditional homes from the Andes and the Amazon.
  • Buy some local beer at Museo de la Cerveza and find out how they brew the stuff from start to finish.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is found in the north of Quito in the San Antonio area of the city. 
  • Cost – The entrance fee is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children, which will give you access to the monument, planetarium, a few outdoor areas, the old train station and a group of traditional homes. 
  • Opening hours – 9 am to 6 pm
  • Time needed – It really depends on what you want to see here, but a couple of hours should be plenty of time. 
  • Getting there – First, you’ll need to jump in a taxi to, or walk to Ofelia station depending on where you’re staying in the city. From here, you’ll find plenty of buses marked Mitad del Mundo. Tickets cost a mere 25 cents and buses take around 40 minutes to get there. If you’d prefer, you can get a taxi from door to door, which might cost between $10 and $20. 

9. Plaza Grande

Plaza Grande, or to give its official name, Plaza de la Independencia is the main square in the middle of Quito. Translated into English as Independence Square, the Plaza Grande was constructed at the height of colonial rule in the mid 16th century and is a testament to Spanish rule and the European influence it had over the city and wider Ecuador.

Known as the centre of Quito’s Old Town, it is here that many of the city’s modern identity was formed and, in many ways, it still remains here. Throughout history, the Plaza Grande has been the scene of vital political importance throughout history in Ecuador. 

Today, the square has become the meeting place for many of the city’s youth and is a central hub for social activity throughout Quito.

Found in the Plaza Grande are four important buildings and institutions including the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito and the Municipal Palace – making a visit to the Plaza Grande a rewarding thing to do in Quito, no matter how long you are here for.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Plaza de la Independencia is located in the heart of the Old Town.
  • Cost – Free
  • Opening hours – 24 hours
  • Time needed – Give yourself a couple of hours to take in the square’s many sights and attractions.
  • Getting there – Take either the number 12 or 27 bus to the Benalcazar and Chile bus stop, which is a short walk from the square.

10. See Le Merced

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Merced, or to give its colloquial name, Le Merced, is one of the most iconic religious buildings in Quito, and in wider Ecuador. Just a short walk from the Plaza Grande, the church was constructed in 1701, the tower in 1736 and the basilica was consecrated in 1747. Though from the outside, the church seems a whitewashed unassuming building, with its four perfect domes, stepping over the threshold will blow you away.

Inside, you’ll be welcomed by an array of breath-taking designs, with a combination of gilded architecture, gold leaf and impressive Catholicism imagery.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Located off the García Moreno road, in the historical centre of Quito.
  • Cost – Free to enter. 
  • Opening hours – Open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. Masses Sunday at 9 am and 4 pm.
  • Time needed – Around 30-40 minutes should be enough to gaze at the amazing interior of the church.
  • Getting there – Take either the number 12 or 27 bus to the Benalcazar & Chile bus stop, and you’ll find yourself just a short walk from the church.

11. Check Out La Compania

La Compania, otherwise known as The Church of the Society of Jesus, is another unmissable religious building that’s worth visiting while you’re in the Ecuadorian capital. 

Much like the others, the Iglesia de la Compañía hides behind an unassuming white-washed building with all the subtlety and seeming humbleness. And yet, when you step inside, the smells and bells of the Catholic church are revealed in all their glory.

The domed roofs and tall walls are alive with gold leaf, gilded plaster, and wooden carvings, giving the church an almost magical appeal as soon as you walk through its doors. This combination of traditional baroque styles and South American modes makes the La Compania or The Church of the Society of Jesus a breathtaking piece of city architecture.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Also located off the García Moreno road, in the historical centre of Quito
  • Cost – Free to enter.
  • Opening hours – 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Time needed – Give yourself at least 30 minutes to take in the awe-inspiring interior architecture of the church.
  • Getting there – Take either the number 12 or 27 bus to the Benalcazar & Chile bus stop, and you’ll be a two-minute walk away from the church.

12. Spot San Augustin

Though San Augustin sits last on this list of religious buildings to visit while in Quito’s historic centre, it is still one to be reckoned with. The Church of San Agustin was built between the 16th and 17th centuries and was restored during the late 19th century. 

What really sets this church apart from the others is what lies inside. The interior of the church houses a series of paintings by Miguel de Santiago depicting the life of St. Augustine, giving rise to the church’s name. This combination of awesome architecture and spellbinding 16th-century art makes the Church of San Agustin a church, museum and art gallery all rolled into one and is not to be missed when walking around the capital’s old town centre.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Located on Mejía street, in the city’s Old Town.
  • Cost – Free to enter.
  • Opening hours – 7 am – 6 pm.
  • Time needed – At least half an hour to take in the many artworks and stunning architectural designs of the church.
  • Getting there – The number 3 bus to Mejia Y Juan Jose Flores bus stop will take you directly opposite the Church of San Agustin.

13. Climb Itchimbía and Grab The “Quito” Sign Photo

In a city blessed with so many high vantage points and lookouts, it’s easy to become spoiled after a while. But, no visit to the capital would be complete without venturing up to the top of Itchimbía. This huge hill that overlooks the city is blessed with a well-taken care of parkland and provides the perfect place to relax after the climb.

With stunning views of the Old Town and Basilica just below, you will be blown away by the almost 360 views you can take in from the top. Reconnect with your inner tourist, and make sure you grab a photo with the ‘Quito’ sign at the top of the hill too. Although a smaller name than many, the huge letters spell out the name of the Ecuadorian capital and are just asking to be selfie material.

Reaching the top of Itchimbía during the early morning or evening is best; here, you can avoid the crowds, enjoy the sunrise and take a few hours to get away from the steady rush of the city.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Located at the top of Manuel Samaniego road, in the San Blas suburbs.
  • Cost – Free. 
  • Opening hours – 5:30 am – 6 pm.
  • Time needed – You’ll need around two hours to climb and enjoy the views from Itchimbía. 
  • Getting there – Buses leave from El Centro marked for Itchimbía. You can either get out at the bottom of the hill, or the bus will take you to the top. Alternatively, if you’re looking to stretch your legs, walking from the centre of Quito to the top of the hill will take around 90-minutes. 

14. Chill at Crystal Palace

When you get to the top of Itchimbía, you’ll see a mysterious glass building.

This glasshouse sits above the hillside and gazes down at the Ecuador capital below. Built in the same designs as the Palacio De Cristal in Madrid, the Crystal Palace of Quito is a huge glass building that dominates one end of the Itchimbía.

Often unmanned, the building is made of steel, glass and zinc, and was built in the German city of Hamburg. Stood here since 1889, the building’s official use is as the Cultural Exhibition centre for Quito. On rare occasions, the Crystal Palace will also hold a series of exhibitions showcasing literary presentations or art and photography exhibitions.

For most of the time, the Crystal Palace has been left as simply a place to chill and relax while gazing at the views below or enjoying the impressive structure itself. 

Know before you go:

  • Location – The Crystal Palace is located at the top of Itchimbía, close to the Quito sign. 
  • Cost – Free to enter
  • Opening hours – 5 am – 6 pm
  • Time needed – Around ten or twenty minutes to check out the building and longer if there are exhibitions there when you visit.
  • Getting there –   Buses leave from El Centro marked for Itchimbía. You can either get out at the bottom of the hill, or the bus will take you to the top. Alternatively, if you’re looking to stretch your legs, walking from the centre of Quito to the top of the hill will take around 90-minutes. If you’re already at the top of the hill, you can’t miss this imposing structure.

15. Quito Craft Beer Tour

As the first city in all of South America to brew beer, a trend started by the Spanish in the 16th century, it makes perfect sense to indulge in a Quito Craft Beer Tour when you’re looking for things to do in Quito. 

These tours won’t only introduce you to new and exciting flavours from local breweries, but will also help you to understand how and why the city of Quito is so passionate about beer, and why it has been for so many centuries.

Wandering through the traditional Old Town neighbourhood on a tour, you will be guided by a master brewer specialist who will introduce you to the world of Ecuadorian craft beers. During the tour, you’ll visit a number of pubs and local microbreweries, of course, sampling a few of their best tipples along the way. 

Not only will you sample great beers, but your guide will also furnish you with a vast knowledge of the city, its social history and Ecuadorian relationships toward food and drink.

Know before you go:

  • Location – The tours usually take place around the city’s Old Town, but your tour will tell you exactly where to meet them.
  • Cost – Tours start from $49 per person.
  • Opening hours – Tours usually take place during the early evening.
  • Time needed – Tours last around three hours.
  • Getting there – Most tour operators will collect you from a predetermined spot in Quito’s Old Town.

16. Watch The Changing of The Guard 

Every Monday the Plaza Grande comes alive with the official changing of the guard. This protocol has been taking place here for decades, with all the pomp and ceremony of centuries gone by. 

The whole ceremony concludes with the handing over of the sword from the old to the new guard, yet it is the build-up to this act that really makes watching the changing of the guard; a very quintessential thing to do in Quito.

At around 11 am, the event starts with vibrantly dressed parade soldiers opening the doors of the palace, and a full-scale marching band strikes up. Then, the Presidential Escort Group, known as the Granaderos de Tarqui, are joined by drummers and cavalry; the horses’ manes are adorned with coloured pom-poms.

Although a republic, the changing of the guard has all the elevated ceremonial imagery that you would come to expect from a royal procession. One of the most fascinating things to do in Quito, the changing of the guard, is not to be missed if you just so happen to be in the city on Monday morning.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Outside the Presidential Palace in the Plaza Grande.
  • Cost – Free to watch
  • Opening hours – The ceremony starts on Monday at 11 am sharp, but it’s worth getting there a little earlier to get a good vantage point.
  • Time needed – Allow yourself at least an hour to get in position and watch the changing of the guard.
  • Getting there – Take the number 12 or 27 bus to the Benalcazar & Chile bus stop which is just a short walk away from Plaza Grande and the Presidential Palace.

17. Climb the Basilica del Voto Nacional

The monumental 19th-century church of Basilica del Voto Nacional is a breath-taking sight all by itself. The ornate neo-gothic style that adorns the church really makes it stand out against the modern and colonial buildings that surround it. 

One of the largest churches in the entire capital, the Basilica del Voto Nacional’s most incredible feature is its two tall towers, which if you have the nerve to climb, offer amazing views of the city and surrounding foothills below.

The heart-racing climb to the top of the Basilica del Voto Nacional is one that is sure to set your nerves for heights on edge. Although the precarious climb up the steps and ladders are a little terrifying, the reward of amazing views across the city makes it all the more worth it. 

As someone who is no stranger to hilly challenges (I climbed Mont Blanc a year after this and I also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the space of a week), I found this a tough gig. Not for the height, but for the claustrophobic feeling; it’s a very tight space for those that way inclined (no pun intended).

Combining stunning neo-gothic architecture with an adrenaline rush climb and stunning views makes this one of the best things to do in Quito and is something that you are not going to forget in a hurry.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Basílica del Voto Nacional is located in the historical centre of the city. 
  • Cost – $2 for entry and a climb to the top.
  • Opening hours – 9 am – 5 pm
  • Time needed – Give yourself a couple of hours to comfortably do the climb and then enjoy the views from above.
  • Getting there – You can catch numerous buses to the Vargas Y Caldas bus stop, just around the corner from the church.

18. Cup of Canelazo

Whether you’re looking for something to warm you up on a colder day in Ecuador, or you’re simply after one of those quintessential things to do in Quito, then a steaming hot cup of Canelazo is sure to do the trick.

A traditional hot alcoholic drink, Canelazo is made from Aguardienta, alcohol fermented from sugar cane and cinnamon, which is then mixed with a type of fruit juice. The most common mixer is naranjilla, a fruit native to South America that tastes like a mix between lime and rhubarb. Other options include orange, blackberry or passion fruit juice.

You can get a cup of Canelazo almost anywhere around Quito, you’ll find street stalls scattered around the streets in the Old Town, and most cafes and restaurants serve up their own version too, with a side of traditional Peruvian food. 

However, the place that comes highly recommended is a small stall on top of El Panecillo. As I mentioned earlier, this huge mound that sits in the centre of Quito is the ideal spot to soak in the city’s view, and how better to do it than with a cup of traditional Canelazo.

Know before you go:

  • Location – El Panecillo is located in the centre of the city, within the Panecillo neighbourhood.
  • Cost – $1 entry fee to Panecillo, and a cup of canelazo should cost no more than $0.50.
  • Opening hours – The hill opens from 9 am – 6 pm, but you won’t find the Canelazo stall open until after lunchtime.
  • Time needed – Give yourself at least an hour to climb and enjoy the views with your new favourite beverage. 
  • Getting there – It’s easiest to catch a taxi from the Old Town, which shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars. 

19. Street Art Tour

A little like you’d find in the Colombian city of Santa Marta, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito is a place where street art and the buildings are one. There is a saying that ‘no wall is white in Ecuador’, and walking around Quito, it’s easy to see why that is.

While many crackdowns on graffiti artists have been attempted by the national government, it seems that the street art in Quito doesn’t shy away in the back streets, but rather displays this art of colour and pattern onto some of the most central buildings and wall canvas in the city centre.

When you join a street art tour of Quito, you’ll discover the plethora of graffiti, murals and fantastic art strewn across the city walls. Home to a sprawling 2-kilometre wall that has been divided up into over 150 different 20-foot mural sections; Quito does street art on a gigantic scale.

From humble graffiti to dedicated works of huge art, the city has it all. Joining an organised tour will allow you to get around the many street art sights with ease, and take them in at your own pace.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Much of the street art can be found around the La Floresta neighbourhood, which is also where most tours begin too.
  • Cost – Free as part of a walking tour, but you are encouraged to leave a tip for your guide.
  • Opening hours – Tours tend to take place between the hours of 10:30 am to 1:30 pm 
  • Time needed – Set aside around 3 hours to enjoy the street art tour.
  • Getting there – Most tours have a prearranged location for you to meet. If the tour begins in La Floresta, this neighbourhood is walkable from most places in Quito.

20. Find Your Empanada 

When it comes to iconic delicacies in Ecuador, there has to be one that really takes the first prize in Quito: the Empanada. Empanada is a type of baked or fried bread consisting of pastry and filling, which is a common food throughout Latina and South America. 

See it as a South American Cornish pasty if you will. You can find many different variations of this popular snack, and finding the perfect one for you can be an enjoyable task to get stuck into.

One of the most celebrated places to try this delicacy is Empanadas de Morocho Ulloa, an Ecuadorian restaurant in Quito that specializes in a huge range of flavours and fillings. Its signature empanada comes stuffed with meat, chicken or vegetables and accompanied by peanut sauce and chilli pepper to taste. 

Serving these parcels of hearty goodness since the mid-1980s, you’ll struggle to find better anywhere else.  

Know before you go:

  • Location – Empanadas de Morocho Ulloa is located in the Munive neighbourhood in the centre of Quito.
  • Cost – Prices depend on the size of empanada that you choose; from small to colossal, prices sit between $1 and $2.50
  • Opening hours – 10 am – 7 pm.
  • Time needed – Around 30 minutes to eat and relax in the restaurant.
  • Getting there – The restaurant is just across from the Francisco Javier Lizarazu Y Nunez de Bonilla bus stop.

21. Party at Plaza Foch 

Plaza Foch has long been the epicentre for nightlife and party-goers in the Ecuador capital.  Once a rundown intersection in the Mariscal district, Foch Square or Plaza Foch, as it is known locally, has developed into a bustling and booming centre, not only for foreign visitors but for good-time seeking locals also.

A square full of bars, restaurants and even live music keeps you going to the early hours. Although many consider it to be the more tourist-centric part of the city, there is no denying the great night out that you can have here.

Whether you simply want a great sit down meal in one of the restaurants or you want to relax and knock a few back – Plaza Foch is the place to go. (I just want to reiterate that you should not relax too much, especially when booze is concerned and your guard is down).

Know before you go:

  • Location – Located in the eastern Simon Bolivar district of the city.
  • Cost – Various prices depending on how you wish to spend your evening.
  • Opening hours – Most bars open early afternoon and will be open until the early hours of the morning.
  • Time needed – From a quick glimpse of half an hour to a full-blown night on the town, it’s too easy to spend hours here.
  • Getting there – The Manuela Cañizares bus stop provides the closest transport link to the plaza.

22. Garcia Moreno Prison Museum

A little like parts of Chernobyl in Ukraine, the Garcia Moreno Prison Museum is one of those places that leaves a chill down your spine. 

After housing thousands of inmates over the course of 140 years, this infamous prison shut down in 2014. Instead of stripping it bare, the prison was left exactly as it was on that day – with prisoner’s belongings still on the floor, unmade beds and murals, and a life unknown sketched on the walls. 

Now turned into a museum, everyday visitors get to delve into this mysterious world, but only via two-hour tours run by local guides.  During the tour, you’ll be told stories about previous inmates including corrupt politicians and daring escapes, and will be led into the depths of an untouched prison.

Know before you go:

  • Location – You’ll find the prison in the San Roque neighbourhood, in the south of Quito.
  • Cost – I bartered $30 USD with a contact from my hotel.
  • Opening hours – Opening hours are sporadic, so it’s best to ask your local accommodation for current touring hours.
  • Time needed – Give yourself a couple of hours to explore the prison and listen to the tour.
  • Getting there – Take the number 5 bus to the nearby Vicente Rocafuerte & Oe9 bus stop.

23. Escape The City in La Carolina Park

If you’re looking for a bit of green space to get out and about in the fresh air and take a breather from the busy streets of Quito, Parque La Carolina is a terrific option. With the picturesque hills towering over the park, and 670,000 m² of open space to explore, it’s easy to forget that you’re still in the Ecuadorian capital.

Other than the usual relaxing activities you can enjoy in the great outdoors, like exploring the park via its many walkways and grabbing a bit of “me” time, this park is home to plenty more activities to be enjoyed, a good reason why this has become one of the top things to do in Quito.

One of the top attractions is the park’s botanical gardens, which showcase some of the country’s most prized and unusual species of flora. Even better, Ecuador is considered to be one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, so there’s a guarantee you’ll find something here that you’ve never seen or heard of before. 

Inside its gates, you can explore different landscapes and the flora that they hold, including the Andean grasslands, cloud forest and wetlands, along with the ethnobotanical garden which takes a look at the medicinal plants that indigenous populations have used for years. 

If plants simply aren’t your thing, the park’s lake, auditorium, many playgrounds, skateparks, tennis courts and local markets might just tempt you to take a visit. 

Know before you go:

  • Location – La Carolina Park sits just north of Mariscal Sucre International Airport. 
  • Cost – The park is free to enter, but you’ll need to pay $3.50 for entry into the botanical garden and similar prices for other attractions inside the park.
  • Opening hours – The park is open 24 hours a day, while most of its attractions and buildings are open to the public from around 10 am to 3 pm. 
  • Time needed – Give yourself half a day or more to enjoy the great outdoors. 
  • Getting there – Jump on the bus, which leaves from Benalcázar to Marín Central every hour. Look out for signs stating Parque La Carolina.

Day Trips From Quito

Aside from the many things to do in Quito itself, as the capital and central transport link to the rest of Ecuador, day trips from Quito to the rest of the country are easy to do. If you do have a day or two or spare time, here are four-day trips worth taking a look into.

1. Otavalo

Just under sixty miles north of the capital is the market town of Otavalo, set inside the numerous roaring peaks of mountains and surrounded by the indigenous peoples of northern Ecuador. Less than a two-hour drive from the capital, Otavalo provides an ideal day trip away from Quito and has its own unique day trip opportunities.

One of the standout attractions of the town of Otavalo is its market. The largest indigenous market in all of South America, it is this that brings in thousands of visitors every year, both Ecuadorians and foreigners alike. The market sells a huge range of goods, including a selection of handicrafts, arts, ponchos, shawls, sweaters and other products – so hone your best bartering skills to get the items of your choice.

Aside from the market, Otavalo is also home to a range of stunning colonial architecture, including the San Francisco Church, Catholic Church El Jordan, Plaza de Ponchos and a little run-down train station that has its own undeniable charm.

If you’re looking for a spot of adventure, a brisk 45-minute walk out of the town centre will bring you to the stunning waterfall of Cascada de Peguche. This waterfall offers the greatest photo and exploration opportunities and is surrounded by an exciting cave system that demands to be explored.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Otavalo is located sixty miles northeast of Quito.
  • Cost – $2.50 for the bus ride to Otavalo. 
  • Opening hours – N/A
  • Time needed – The journey takes around two hours, so it’s best to set aside the whole day to explore.
  • Getting there – Take the bus from Terminal Carcelen in the north of Quito and disembark at a small bus terminal in Otavalo along Calle Atahualpa & Jacinto Collahuazo.

2. Quilotoa Crater

Only 55 miles south of the capital of Ecuador is the famous Quilotoa Crater. This water-filled crater lake, which is also the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes, is one of the most stunning natural phenomena you will find in the region and is well worth taking a day trip to go and see.

Nestled among the remote mountains, the crater is filled with blissfully colourful turquoise water and is an oasis of beauty amongst the stone and hard exterior of the Andes. Nothing quite prepares you for the view you’re about to see, and there is no shame in quickly reaching for your camera or smartphone to secure that (local pub) award-winning photograph.

The beautiful crater we see today was formed from an extinct volcano and created during a massive volcanic explosion many centuries ago. Found just under two hours away from the capital city, this is more than proof enough of Ecuador and South America’s stunning landscapes and natural attractions so close to one of its major cities.

Know before you go:

  • Location –  Quilotoa Crater is located 55 miles south of Quito.
  • Cost – Around $2.50 for the bus journey south.
  • Opening hours –  24 hours
  • Time needed –  Set aside the whole day to get there and back while also being able to see all the sights.
  • Getting there – Take a public bus from the Quitumbe bus terminal, located south of Quito. Buses to Latacunga are frequent, tickets cost approximately $2.50 USD, and the journey takes about 90-minutes.

3. Cotopaxi National Park

Just over forty miles south of Quito is Cotopaxi National Park, home to some of the world’s tallest ever volcanos. Surprisingly so close to the bustling capital city of Quito, Cotopaxi National Park offers the ideal chance to explore the interior of wild Ecuador and all the sensibilities of South American wild travel.

The centrepiece of the national park is ​​Cotopaxi, a 5,897-metre tall volcano and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world – it is also the second tallest mountain in Ecuador. 

Aside from the stunningly beautiful and huge active volcano, Cotopaxi National Park is also home to an array of wildlife, a collection that would make even the most experienced David Attenborough documentary team reach for the camera.

The wildlife that can be seen here ranges from curious deer, rabbits and foxes to the famous and the elusive Andean puma. This combination of wildlife and dwarfing volcanos makes Cotopaxi National Park an emotionally-charged experience for anyone with a love of the great outdoors.   

Know before you go:

  • Location – Cotopaxi National Park is forty miles south of Quito.
  • Cost – Various bus fares, depending on the company you use. $10 for entrance into the park itself.
  • Opening hours – The park opens from 9 am, and shuts at different times throughout the year, depending on the season.
  • Time needed – Take the entire day to make your way to the national park and then explore all that it has to offer.
  • Getting there – Take one of the many buses to Cotopaxi from Quitumbe Terminal, which takes around one hour and thirty minutes.

4. Antisana Volcano

In a land dominated by volcanoes, you may begin to get a little volcano fatigue. And yet, Antisana Volcano is just one of those sites that can’t be overlooked if you do happen to suffer that temporary condition. 

Only thirty-one miles southeast of the capital of Quito, Antisana Volcano provides the perfect day trip experience for those who love to escape the city and chance one of nature’s giants.

Before you even set your sights on the peak of Antisana Volcano, you will no doubt notice its long-dormant destruction. The lava flows of its former eruptions line the pathways and landscapes right up to Antisana Volcano’s feet. 

Banking on having good weather on your side, the slopes and peaks of Antisana Volcano will reveal themselves over the horizon, and you will remember why Ecuador was so high on your list of must-visit places.

Aside from Antisana Volcano itself, the area is home to a range of South American wildlife that will set your eyes darting and camera trigger finger itching. From the common to the rare, the surrounding landscape is home to animals such as condors, hummingbirds and spectacled bears – a solid entry for any wildlife lover.

Know before you go:

  • Location – Antisana Volcano is 31 miles southeast of the capital of Quito.
  • Cost – Tours start from $130 for a day trip with transportation included. You can visit the volcano on your own steam, but you’ll need to rent a car as no public transport heads this way. Rentals start from around $120/day, depending on the model and insurance coverage that you choose. 
  • Opening hours – 24 hours
  • Time needed – Around nine hours in total are needed for the transport and the exploration of the volcano.
  • Getting there – Numerous tour operators offer this as part of their tours of Ecuador which can be easily organised from Quito. As I mentioned above, you can also rent your own car and drive here as there are no public buses heading this way.

5. Pululahua Volcano & Geobotanical Reserve

That’s right…yet another volcano. But I think they’re pretty cool, as being from the UK, you don’t see too much of them and they almost seemed like a mythical phenomenon.

In terms of worldwide volcanoes, this is pretty gentle. It’s dormant and if you’re an outdoorsy kind of traveller, there is an option to hike the volcano, or simply admire it from afar. Pululahua resides in a national park and is also right by the Mitad del Mundo (previously mentioned at number 8 on this list of things to do in Quito.

I paid $30USD for one of the most challenging hikes I’ve had for a while, worth every penny for the views from all angles.

Is Quito Worth Visiting? 

I hope I didn’t put anyone off with my several times of playing Dad in this post, with the constant reminders of staying safe in this city. At the same time, it’s important not to water down the facts, even though I thoroughly enjoyed visiting there.

Feel free to pick out anything from above if you are planning to visit the capital of Ecuador, There are plenty of things to do in Quito to supersede concerns.

Anthony Middleton

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