In Quito:

  • Formidable biodiversity, including two, of the 20 Ecuadorian primate species
  • The gateway to the four worlds of Ecuador, Galapagos, Pacific Coast, Andes and the Amazon
  • Historic Downtown
  • Heart of Business in the Middle of the World
  • Union and transit point between North and South America
  • Headquarters of the largest companies and representative of Ecuador
  • One of the top 10 cities in Latin America
Plaza Grande

Quito Has:

  • Historical Center’s largest and best preserved in Latin America
  • Important infrastructure, technology and services
  • Accommodation of international standards
  • Gastronomy
  • Spring-like weather
  • Formidable biodiversity: more than 2000 species of vascular plants, 77 species of amphibians, 46 species of reptiles, 524 species of birds and 102 species of mammals, including the Mantled-Howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) and the Ecuadorian White-Fronted Capuchin (Cebus aequatorialis)
  • City with the largest number of universities that represent one third of the existing universities nationwide.
  • Friendly people
  • Heritage monasteries, convents, museums, plazas and courtyards for events
  • Cosmopolitan atmosphere expressed in its vast range of dining options, entertainment and art.
  • Springlike weather year round.

Ecuador

Four Worlds

With an astonishing variety of plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms and ecosystems, and its small area (approximately 253,000 km2 / 173,983.88 square miles), Ecuador positions as the most diverse country per square meter in the world. A natural paradise, where in one day you can discover the glory of the Andes, bathe on lush Pacific Ocean beaches, explore the richness of the Amazon and marvel at the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Welcome to the country of the four worlds!

Galapagos

The laboratory of natural evolution

Galápagos

Also known as the Enchanted Islands, the Galapagos archipelago is one of the main attractions in Ecuador. This archipelago is formed by thirteen greater islands, six smaller islands, 42 islets and several rocks. It is known by its endemic species of plants and animals, such as the famous giant tortoises, iguanas, finches, mockingbirds, penguins, cormorants, lizards, sharks, etc. A true laboratory of evolution, the islands are accessible by a 2-½ hour plane trip from the Pacific coast or the Andes. The islands with tourism infrastructure are Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela. There are many options for people interested in visiting the islands, from staying at a hotel, to a liveaboard cruise ship to small boats.

There are two climatic seasons: the dry season, from June to December, and the warm season, from December to May. The temperature varies between 15 °C and 32 °C (59 °F – 89.6 °F).

Amazon

The exuberance of nature and its cultures

Amazon

The Ecuadorian Amazon is known for its lush vegetation, tropical humid forests, large rivers and innumerable species of plants and animals; among them, 16 primate species. Natural reserves, such as Yasuni National Park -the area with the highest biodiversity on the planet- and the Cuyabeno Reserve have primate communities of 11 and 10 species, respectively. The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to ancient ethnic groups who offer intercultural, ecological and community tourism alternatives. Flights from the highlands to the Amazon take less than one hour.

The average altitude is 450 meters (1,476 ft.) above sea level. Temperature varies between 25 °C and 30 °C (77 °F – 86°F).

Andes

Mountains, highlands, culture and ancient cities

Highlands

Valleys, mountains, rivers, lakes and ancient cities are part of the Andes region. This area straddles the Andes Mountain Range, a collection of volcanoes and snow-capped mountains that influence climate, biodiversity and culture. It is home to the geographical point known as Mitad del Mundo or Middle of the World (0°0’0”), located only minutes away from Quito, the capital of Ecuador and Cultural Heritage of Humanity, declared by UNESCO. The Andean region is also home to various indigenous communities open to intercultural tourism, and has many cities of great splendor. The Andean slopes are areas of extremely high diversity of several taxa, such as vascular plants, and are the habitat for primate species east and west of the mountain chain.

Pacific Coast

A paradise on the shores of the Pacific Ocean

Coast

Traveling from the Andes to the Pacific coast takes only a 40-minute flight. This region, located between the Andes and the ocean, offers beautiful beaches, such as Los Frailes, Montañita, Puerto Lopez and Salinas, and important remnants of native forests. Natural and archeological reserves, such as Machalilla National Park, are the habitat of some of the most endangered primates in the world, like the Brown-Headed Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps fusciceps) and the Ecuadorian White-Fronted Capuchin (Cebus aequatorialis). The biggest and most modern city is Guayaquil.