Quito City is a blessed location cradled in the Andes Mountains, right in the Middle of the World.
Quito was declared Cultural Patrimony of Mankind by the UNESCO in 1978.
Quito is the Capital city of Ecuador and it has amazing landscapes, surrounded by hills and several snowcapped mountains.
Quito is also known for its treasures of Spanish Colonial Churches, paintings, sculptures and carvings.
Quito city has grown to an area of over 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres), with a population estimated at about two million. The city has grown north and south, and climbed up the foothill of the Pichincha volcano west of the city.
Quito City (Downtown)
Quito city has also spilled over into the neighboring valleys, Los Chillos and Tumbaco, thanks to improved roadways that allow Quito to break out of its geographically imposed narrowness.
Quito Altitude: is of 2,800 meters above sea level, but don't think it is a cold city in fact during the day is warm and sunny most of the year round, it gets a bit chilly at nights though.
Quito's climate is around 53 F to 70 F (13 C to 20 C) during the day and 40 F to 50 F (8 C to 11 C) in the evenings.
Long before the Spanish Conquistadors reached the shores of what is now Ecuador, Quito city was inhabited by Inca Indian groups. The Incas later conquered this land and Quito became the northern capital of the Inca Empire.
When the Inca Indian Atahualpa was killed in Cajamarca and the Spanish Conquistadors advanced towards Quito, the city was evacuated and set on fire.
It was on the ashes of the Inca city that Sebastian de Benalcazar founded San Francisco de Quito, on top of the few ruins left him. The founding date, December 6, 1534, is celebrated annually with the "Fiestas de Quito".
The celebration of the Spanish foundation of Quito city lasts more than a week, among parades with floats, dancing in the streets and people riding the roof of the chiva buses.
There's also the bullfight season (a tradition introduced by the Spanish), the election of the Queen of Quito and a number of cultural activities.
"The world championship of 40", a card game played only in Ecuador, is an important part of the festivity.
The Saturday before the start of the Fiestas, the Quiteños of all the different barrios, broom in hand, clean and sweep the city.
The example is set by the novices of Monastery of San Francisco who come out and sweep the traditional San Francisco Square.
The central event during this celebration are the bullfights, with the participation of more Spanish "matadors" than local ones.
During the week of festivities the city of Quito lives a Spanish Fiesta with flamenco dancers, manzanilla drinking, people wearing the typical Spanish hats to the bullfights, etc.
Afterwards, its inhabitants like to enjoy long lunches with the most famous delicacies of the Spanish cuisine to delight local and visitor palates.
Throughout the week, open sided buses called chivas, take groups of friends who climb to the roof to party, singing, dancing and drinking, accompanied by music bands.
Many chivas run along the streets of the city in this festive mood.
Quito city is a blessed spot located in the Andes Mountains at the foot of Pichincha Volcano.
It has the largest and one of the best preserved historical centers in South America, since the modern part of the city developed to the north, leaving the existing colonial treasures intact.
In the last two years, the city's government invested an important sum in renovations, which is showcased in the new brilliance of the historical core's buildings, which offer a myriad of classic architectural styles.
Come and celebrate with us, Quito city is waiting for you this year.
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