Best of Quito
La Compañía: The epitome of gaudy golden grandeur, this extravagant chapel is the most dazzling of all Quito’s many beautiful colonial churches.
La Basílica del Voto Nacional: The tallest church in Ecuador with its armadillo gargoyles is a striking sight, and even more spectacular are the views from its spires over Old Town.
Casa de la Cultura: From Valdivia figurines to giant bahía statues and a majestic Inca sun mask, this is easily Ecuador’s best museum.
Capilla del Hombre: Oswaldo Guayasamín’s final work, the Chapel of Man, is an awe-inspiring and humbling tribute to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Mitad del Mundo and Museo de Sitio Intiñan: Take the obligatory photo with a foot in each hemisphere (supposedly), then test out the real Equator a few hundred meters away at nearby Museo de Sitio Intiñan.
© Ben Westwood and Avalon Travel from Moon Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands, 5th Edition