'Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.â€ - So said Euginio Espejo, possibly Ecuador's first true journalist and medical pioneer. The word 'thought' certainly rings true when one observes Quito, the capital city. Towering monasteries will amaze any onlooker, not to mention the volcanic peaks which surround the city. Built atop the ruins of an ancient Incan settlement, history is plentiful here. Although time has erased much of its legacy, the city is still the least altered historic site in Latin America and is also a World Heritage Site. Despite buckets of history, finding a hotel in Quito is relatively easy.
Stay cheap in Quito
When looking for Quito hotels on a bit of a budget, you will be surprised by the quality and quantity to choose from. Posada Tambuca is a highly rated hotel which offers modest accommodation and a homely atmosphere. It is tourist friendly by being situated in a central location and when looking for cheap hotels it can't get much better than that.
Jumbo Lodging is a similarly priced hotel in a central location. Like Posada Tambuca, Jumbo Lodging is a homely establishment with polite and warm staff. Perfect for integrating yourself into Quito without paying for a glitzy hotel. Other options include the Hotel Inca Imperial, the Yellow House Hotel or the Alston Inn Hotel. These cheap hotels offer a lovely personal reception on your arrival to Quito.
Maximum comfort and quality options
Hotels in Quito can be extremely glamorous and if you want to make your trip truly unforgettable here are some examples of luxury hotels in the city. Hotel Patio Andaluz is among the best, with lovely period furniture and decoration, an expansive dining hall with traditional food and large buffets, as well as amazing views.
Casa Gangotena is also wonderfully luxurious. An old colonial mansion lovingly restored and furnished for your stay, it is sure to impress any guest. It has views overlooking the San Francisco Plaza and expansive rooms to make yourself at home in.
Quito Hotels are often full of character and culture. However, if you want that modern feel then the NH collection - Quito Royal hotel is for you. If you can, get a room higher up the building to take advantage of the amazing view of the city and the icy peaks in the distance.
Activities and attractions in Quito
If you're done choosing one of the many lovely Hotels in Quito, you may be wondering what the city has to offer for tourists. Whether you're looking for historical and cultural exploration, expansive scenery and lush views, or something more adventurous, Quito has you covered.
The beautiful church Basilica is a must see for all. The architecture both inside and out is truly wonderful. Those with a head for heights can even climb up inside the tallest tower to be rewarded with the best views of the city.
The 'Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus' is one more religious landmark you won't want to miss. Although the building itself is lovingly crafted on the outside, the true value lies within, where one can see the exquisitely decorated walls, pillars and arches.
Those who appreciate art will want to take a trip to La Capilla Del Hombre, the cities art museum. The small museum 'Casa del Alabado' is the perfect destination for someone wanting to connect with the past. Preserved there are artefacts from the Inca and even before, contained within glass for your viewing pleasure. An English audio guide has been made for visitors to guide them around the exhibits.
Those who travel with their families or who simply want a bit more excitement should go visit Nayon Xtreme Valley. Everyone comes out of there smiling and activities include paintball, camping, rappelling down waterfalls and zipping over a valley two hundred meters deep on a cable. A great destination to have lots of fun!