Quito, the metropolitan capital of Ecuador, was founded on 6 December, 1534, by Sebestián de Benalcázar. Its importance is based upon the conservation of architectural projects from the colonial period, such as the churches of La Compañía, San Francisco, La Catedral, El Sagrario, La Merced, Santa Bárbara, San Agustín and many others, the majority of which house the works of famous artists such as Caspicara.
Quito is a place where this is a particularly evident, world colonial Museums, Parks and historical buildings with architectural value.
Guayaquil is one of the most important ports in South America and the main driving force of the economy of Ecuador.
It was founded at the foot of the Santa Ana Hill, one of the city’s most visited sites because of the beautiful view seen from the summit, where there are some guns that were used centuries ago to defend against pirate attacks. The houses were built at different levels, as was the Spanish custom. Archaeological remains of several pre-Columbian cultures such as Valdivia, Machalilla, Chorrera and Manteña Guangala were also found. The gulf, rivers, churches, museums and parks are important attractions of the port city, not to mention its vibrant nightlife and trade. You can also visit the boardwalk and tour the city by bus, as well as visit shopping malls. If you want to go a little further away from the city, visiting the zoo or the church of Narcisa de Jesus is recommended. The beaches near Guayaquil such as Salinas and Villamil are another attraction that should not be missed.
Guayaquil is also the starting point for exploring beautiful beaches, visiting important historical monuments and enjoying the best food in Ecuador. Its location on the equator means it enjoys an excellent climate and is ideal for visiting at any time of year.
Cuenca, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, proudly carries this title thanks to the conservation of its colonial architecture, dating from the 18th century, lining the four rivers that cross the valley: Tomebamba, Yanuncay, Tarqui and Machángara. Among the sites to be visited are: the Cathedral, the church of Conceptas, Santo Domingo, the Calderon Park, Plaza de las Flores (Flower Plaza), the Forges neighbourhood and the Museum of the Central Bank. There are several stores that sell handicrafts from the city and surrounding areas. In terms of cuisine, the city’s best known dish is the mote pillo (white corn scrambled with eggs).
The Ingapirca Archelogical Site
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