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Quito is at once a vibrant young city and a traditional Sierra town, steeped in ancient culture and tucked between misty mountain peaks. Get to know both sides of this beautiful city with Moon Quito.
Explore the City: Navigate by district or by activity with color-coded maps, or follow a guided walk through Quito's most interesting neighborhoods
See the Sights: Stroll the cobblestone streets of Quito's Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site!) and bask in the gilded glow of la Compañia church. Hike through cloud forests, spot Andean bears at a wildlife reserve, or climb the rugged Pichincha Volcano. Learn about the history of Ecuador's indigenous people at museums of pre-Colombian art and witness Guayasamín's masterpiece at the Capilla del Hombre
Get a Taste of the City: Eat with the locals at one of Quito's markets or savor innovative takes on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine
Bars and Nightlife: Linger at a café, dance the night away at the trendiest clubs, or bar-hop through la Mariscal
Expert Advice: Experience Quito like an insider with tips from local Bethany Pitts on where to eat, where to stay, and how to get around, including advice on supporting local businesses and respectfully engaging with the culture
Itineraries and Day Trips: Spend a day or a full week in Quito, and explore nearby Calderón, Guayllabamba, Mindo, and more
Full-Color Photos and Detailed Maps
Handy Tools: Background on the landscape, climate, and history, health and safety information, a Spanish phrasebook, volunteer opportunities, and travel tips for families with kids, seniors, travelers with disabilities, and LGBTQ travelers
With Moon Quito's practical tips and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way.
Exploring more of South America? Check out Moon Chile or Moon Galápagos Islands.
About the Author
When Bethany Pitts was backpacking around the world in 2004, she found the most magical experiences in Ecuador. She'll never forget paddling silently through a jungle lagoon at night in a dug-out canoe, the water's surface covered with lily pads illuminated by fireflies. Returning to Ecuador in 2009, she realized there was nowhere on earth she would rather be and relocated there soon afterwards. She has spent the last decade exploring the country's astonishing diversity. Bethany has worked as a translator, editor and writer, but her true passion is environmental activism. From indigenous defenders, she learned that community-led eco-tourism enables them to protect threatened ecosystems and unique ways of life. This led her to write Moon Quito with a focus on ethical travel. She is passionate about enabling travelers to make informed choices about how their visits can directly benefit Ecuador's unrivaled biodiversity, its warm, welcoming people, and the preservation of their ancestral traditions. Originally from England, Beth lives in a small village on Ecuador's Pacific coast, where she has hummingbirds and passionflowers in her garden.