5 Places for Magical Views of Quito
The bustling capital city of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in the Andes, surrounded by volcanoes. This means there are ample viewing spots to take in the breadth of this city. All it takes is a few breathless hikes or walks uphill to catch a glimpse, but I promise, the views of Quito are worth the climb.
This museum not only details the history of water in Quito, but it also provides panoramic views of the city! After playing in the bubble room, explore the grounds and take in the view!
It was a perfect night to watch the sunset from the Panecillo, only I didn’t realize how long it would take to get there. Instead, I watched the sunset as we drove and took in the views of Quito lit up at night. If you have the chance, get there early enough to watch the sky turn all the beautiful colors and the lights flicker on. The sun sets nightly in Quito around 6:00 pm!
A park, minutes away from Quito’s historic center, but it feels like miles away. After a number of stairways to reach this park, you can enjoy panoramic views from the Panecillo to the Basilica and beyond while getting a break from the honking horns and city life. This is another great spot for sunset views.
A short, $4 cab ride will take you from Quito’s historic center to the base of the Teleferiqo. The cable car ride up costs $8.50 and is entirely worth it. Where the cable car leaves you, you will find stunning panoramas of the city. If you’re up for a bit more activity, and are acclimated to the altitude, you can hike to the top of the active Pichincha volcano. This will not only leave you breathless due to the altitude, but also the breathtaking views of the city and the volcanic crater. The weather changes quickly, so for the best views, be sure to go early in the day before the clouds roll in.
Basilica Nacional del Voto
A well-known tourist attraction and staple of the Historic Center’s skyline is the Basilica Nacional del Voto. It costs three dollars to enter the Basilica and make the climb up a very steep and narrow ladder to one of the towers. It’s perfect morning activity to catch 360 views of Quito, before you head off on your adventure for the day.
Ok, I may be a little bit biased here, as I lived here for 2 months teaching yoga. But the views from Community Hostel’s rooftop are my absolute favorite. Grab a beer or bottle of wine, and head up to the roof to take in every stunning sunset over Ecuador’s capital. They also have delicious breakfast and dinners prepared by their in-house chef and twice daily yoga classes. You will feel like family at this family run hostel. Go ahead, and book your stay at Community Hostel!
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I started with a list of 10 places and narrowed it down to these 5. There are vistas located all over the city that offer different perspectives. These just happen to be my favorite! I hope you enjoy them too 🙂
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