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You're Going to Love Quito

From its glorious Old Town - one of the world's first designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites - to the sleek modern shopping malls and office towers, there is something to see, do, and experience around every corner in Quito.

The city's formal name is San Francisco de Quito, and at 9,350 feet above sea level, it's the world's highest capital city. The city lies on the slope of Pichincha, an active volcano in the Andean mountain range. It may take a little time to adjust to the high altitude; you'll want to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water to get over the hump.

There's a wealth of experiences waiting for you in Quito, from sophisticated nightlife and world-class dining, to lush, green parks, and the wild Andean landscape. Add the warm, friendly, traditional Ecuadoran culture, and it's one of the world's best-kept tourism secrets.

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Located very close to the equator, and at its high altitude, Quito's climate is fairly cool, and temperatures are quite constant year round. Daytime temperatures tend to hover around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, with nighttime lows dropping to just under 50. Winter can be rainy, particularly around March and April, making summer the most popular time for tourist visits.

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Where to Stay in Quito

You can sample the city's rich history close up by staying at the Hotel San Francisco De Quito, originally built in 1698. The Plaza Grande lets you stay in 5-star luxury, with rooms that boast carved wood trim and glittering chandeliers. At the Stubel Suites and Cafe, you'll enjoy sleek, modern rooms and a gorgeous view of the city from the dining room.

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Shopping Streets

The Calle de la Ronda is a historic cobbled street in the Old Town where you can shop in local boutiques and art galleries. For fair trade crafts and artisan work, try the shops at the Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Grande. Modern shopping malls are located throughout the city, with a concentration in the north part of town.

Groceries and Other

Supermaxi is the city's main supermarket chain. There are also many traditional Mercados or markets in town where you'll find inexpensive groceries and particularly produce, along with prepared meals. A quart of milk costs about $1.10 and a dozen eggs will set you back about $2.25.

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Where to Eat in Quito

Enjoy a classic South American steakhouse in a unique location at Café Dios No Muere. The restaurant is attached to a 400-year-old monastery in the Old Town, and main dishes start at just $5.50. Zazu is one of the city's fine dining establishments, offering fusion cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and grilled meat dishes, which start at $18. For a casual vibe and traditional Ecuadoran dishes like llapingachos, a kind of potato pancake, you'll want to try Yaravi, where you can get empanadas for $1.50 each, and mains start at $9.