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Quito, the capital of Ecuador, lies in northwestern South America. Itwas founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art (Source: UNESCO). Its coat of arms (Escudo de Armas de la Ciudad de San Francisco de Quito) awarded in 1541, appears to the left. 

Quito, officially San Francisco de Quito, is located in northern Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains (see map). With an estimated population of about 2.1 million people as of 2007, Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the seat of the Quito Metropolitan District, home to 2 million residents, and the capital of the Pichincha province. As the headquarters of the newly-formed Union of South American Nations, Quito is also the de facto capital of South American integration. The city's elevation is, on average, 2,800 m (about 9,200 ft), making Quito the second highest capital city in the world.

Quito is about 15 miles (25 km) south of the equator. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world). Due to its high altitude and position on the equator, Quito has a constant, mild to cool climate year 'round. The typical high temperature at noon is 26°C (78ºF) and the typical night-time low is 7°C (55ºF). The average temperature is 15° C (64ºF). The city experiences only two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season, June through September, is referred to as summer; the wet season, October through May, is referred to as winter. Because of its location at the equator, Quito does not experience variations in daylight hours during the course of a year. Except for a few minutes resulting from a slight wobble in the earth as it rotates, sunrise and sunset are always at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively. Although it is in the same time zone as the eastern United States (except for the Galápagos Islands, which correspond to the U.S. central time zone), Ecuador does not switch to daylight savings time. It is interesting to note that while Ecuador is on the Pacific coast of South America, the city of Quito is due south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

(Text and map of Ecuador adapted from: Quito (2008). From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

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Free pictures of scenes around Quito, Ecuador. Quito-by-night and Quito Zoo scenes are separate.

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Hotel Sierra Madre, reasonably priced, in Quito, Ecuador
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Houses rising to the mountainside in Quito, Ecuador

 

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Modern apartment buildings with art work painted on their sides line the streets in the center of Quito, Ecuador
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Modern homes and buildings line the streets in the center of Quito, Ecuador
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Modern hotels such as the Raddison Royal Quito line the streets in the center of Quito, Ecuador
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Modern office buildings such as the World Trade Center fill the center of Quito, Ecuador
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USA fast food restarants, such as this Burger King, have a srong foothold in Quito Ecuador, but not as strongly as in other countries.
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Paddle boats waiting for customers at Parque Carolina in Quito, Ecuador
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Paddle boats and flowers adorn the lagoon at Parque Carolina in Quito, Ecuador
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Andean condor statue on guard at Parque Carolina in Quito, Ecuador
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Vendor of Exquisita Espumilla de Gualea (smoothies) waiting for customers at Parque Carolina in Quito, Ecuador
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Tour busses waiting for customers at Parque Carolina in Quito, Ecuador
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Modern office buildings such as this bank and Diners Club center fill the downtown of Quito, Ecuador
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On Sundays, some major highways are turned over to bicycles and pedestrians in Quito, Ecuador
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Inexpensive, high quality, rotisserie chicken restaurants such as this Siempre Rico (Always "Rich") Pollos al Carbon (chicken cooked on coals) make it difficult for American fast food restarants to compete.
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The spectacular view heading out of Quito, Ecuador
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Restaurant popular for Sunday afternoon local dishes in Quito, Ecuador
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Avocado tree and playground equipment behind restaurant in Quito, Ecuador
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Typical street scene in the older part of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical street scene in the older part of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical street scene in the older part of Quito, Ecuador, with the basilica in the background
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El Convento de Santo Domingo in the historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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La iglesia de la Catedral in the Plaza de la Independencia historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical scene in the Plaza de la Independencia historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Colonial building in the Grand Plaza historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical scene looking at the Cathedral of Quito in the Grand Plaza historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Brightly dressed indigenous people at the grand plaza in Quito, Ecuador
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Typical scene in the Grand Plaza historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical scene in the Plaza de la Independencia in the historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Monument to the Heroes of August 10, 1809 at the Plaza de la Independencia in Quito, Ecuador
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'La Virgen del Panecillo', located on the top of the Panecillo hill in Quito, Ecuador
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Typical scene in the Grand Plaza historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical scene in the Grand Plaza historic area of Quito, Ecuador
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Typical highway scene in Quito, Ecuador
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Armed guard carrying shotgun on patrol a gas station in Quito, Ecuador. Prices are about half of those in the USA
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New apartments under construction in Quito, Ecuador
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View of Quito, Ecuador from an apartment house rooftop
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View of the interior of an intercity bus in Quito, Ecuador
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Movie of the action and noise level of the entertainment of an intercity bus in Quito, Ecuador
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Vendors bring hot food aboard buses at each stop of intercity busses in Ecuador
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Chickens in a pickup truck going to market in Quito, Ecuador
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The spectacular view of the Pichincha volcano heading out of Quito, Ecuador
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San Francisco de Quito es la capital de la República del Ecuador y de la provincia de Pichincha, y es además la cabecera del cantón homónimo. En 1993 el nombre oficial fue cambiado por Distrito Metropolitano de Quito.
La ciudad de Quito es la segunda más poblada del país con 1.700.458 habitantes; esta población corresponde únicamente al valle principal donde se asienta la ciudad. Su temperatura oscila entre los 7° y 22° centígrados. Quito está rodeada por montañas, algunas de las cuales son volcanes y nevados, y es reconocida mundialmente por tener un tesoro colonial de pinturas, esculturas y tallados. Los interiores de sus templos y conventos son verdaderos museos en los cuales se puede ver piezas maestras de la Escuela Quiteña de escultura y tallados de madera, lo cual ha hecho que Quito merezca el nombre de "Florencia de América". En 1978 la UNESCO la declaró como Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad.
El Distrito Metropolitano de Quito comprende una población que sobrepasa los 2.000.000 de personas. Esto se debe a que por su condición de capital ha aglomerado una gran cantidad de habitantes de otras provincias y de otros lugares del planeta, convirtiéndola en una ciudad cosmopolita y en la actualidad Quito es la capital economica del Ecuador desplazando a Guayaquil, que ocupaba este puesto hasta finales del siglo XX.

(Adaptatdo de: Quito. (2008). De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre)




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