Quito, which is pronounced ‘key-toe”, is the capital city of Ecuador, and is the highest official capital city in the world, located at 9350 feet above sea level. It is located on the eastern slopes of an active volcano called Pichincha in the Andes mountains. The population of Quito is nearly 2.7 million, according to the 2014 census, making Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador.
The historic center of Quito is home to one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito was declared a World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.
In Quito you will find a monument and museum marking the general location of the equator , which here is known as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world), to avoid confusion, since the word ecuador is Spanish for equator.
The Teleferico Quito is a gondola lift that runs from the edge of city center up the side of the Pichincha volcano. Offering spectacular panoramic vistas, the ride started operations in early 2005. There are eight cars, each with a capacity of 6 persons. The ascent takes 8 to 10 minutes.
At the summit, you will find an amusement park, but also a collection of artisan boutiques, shops, and a selection of restaurants at which you can enjoy a variety of choices for lunch or dinner. The whole experience can take from three to four hours if you’re allowing time to really explore and enjoy it.