At 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito, Ecuador is the highest official capital in the world, so give yourself time to catch your breath on those stairs, especially if you've just come from sea level on one of the recent flights to Quito! The gorgeous vistas, vibrant nightlife, and historical charm are well worth the altitude, so don't lose any time— book a vacation to Quito today. Drop your bags at one of the many charming hotels in Quito and set off for an adventure you won't soon forget.
As one of twelve world heritage sites named at UNESCO's very first meeting in 1978, Quito's Old Town is the best-preserved historic center in the Americas, graced by beautifully restored colonial facades and scores of churches, cathedrals, and other jaw-dropping architectural masterpieces. If you can tear yourself away, head north to check out La Mitad del Mundo, the national monument marking the path of the equator. Later, if you're feeling active, ride Quito's famous cable car, the TelefériQo, up the slopes of Pichincha Volcano for stunning views of the city and its mountainous environs. Still have the energy for some clubbing before bed? La Mariscal is the local hot spot for dancing and drinking. It's also the site of many Quito hotels, so you can party late without worrying about how you'll get back to your bed.
After all that exploring, you're bound to be hungry. Swing by the Mercado Central for some traditional Ecuadorian street food on the cheap. Wander between stalls and try a bowl of locro de papa or chew on a roasted guinea pig if you're feeling ambitious. Be sure to save room for the grilled plantains and a batido, a type of Latin American smoothie. Working up an appetite for your trip? Travelocity can help you book cheap hotels in Quito so you have more time and energy to plan your Ecuadorian adventure. You can even save up to $537 when you book a hotel and a flight at the same time!