By Summer Brons
Quito
Ecuador
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Properly called San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador’s capital is a beautiful city rich in history and culture. Quito was the first city to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and has been a popular travel destination for many years. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your vacation with us!

Arriving in Quito is easily achieved thanks to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) located just 10 km outside of the city. You can book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to enjoy our low rates on airfare. Don’t forget to check us out for hotels as well, just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse available Quito accommodations.

According to UNESCO, Quito is home to some of Latin America’s largest and most well-preserved historic attributes, thus offering visitors an exceptional array of must-see points of interest. EscapeWizard.com recommends starting your exploration in the old town area. Here, the hilly streets are lined with architecturally stunning buildings, impressive churches and some of the city’s best museums. Tour the Museo Casa de Sucre, showcasing the life of Mariscal Jose Antonio de Sucre, who played a vital role in the independence of Ecuador. Be sure to also see the Museo Nacional del Banco Central del Ecador, an art museum with five displays covering different time periods. Finally, don’t miss the Museo de la Ciudad, dedicated to the history of Quito. Other notable venues include the Plaza de San Francisco, El Sagrario, Palacio Arzobispal, and the Plaza de la Independencia which also includes the Palacio de Gobierno and a cathedral constructed in the mid-1500s.

EscapeWizard.com knows that Quito has more to offer than just history. Outside of the old town area, you’ll find ample recreational opportunity. Visit the Parque la Alameda to enjoy several lakes and El Churo, a unique spiral tower. The park known as El Ejido features painting exhibitions on weekends, and La Carolina allows for everything from volleyball and tennis to boating and horseback riding. For an enhanced outdoor experience, spend a day in Parque Metropolitano, claimed to be the largest urban park in South America. Go for a long run or bike ride, explore undeveloped forest area, and maybe even catch sight of the wild llamas that wander the park in groups. 

Of course, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can go hiking or climbing on one of Quito’s nearby peaks. Cruz Loma and Rucu Pichincha can be reasonably covered over a long afternoon. The dormant volcano, Guagua Pichincha is another local climbing playground, although this peak may be best left to experts as mountain has been known to surprise. It roused in 1999 after three and a half centuries of dormancy, so EscapeWizard.com urges you to use caution if Guagua is your hiking ground of choice.

With so much to experience in Quito, Ecuador, the city must surely be added to the destination list of any passionate traveler. Fascinating origins, unique culture and a plethora of outdoor activities make Quito a favored vacation spot year after year. Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your own South American adventure!
Hotels in Quito
By Rose Overbey
Holiday Inn Express
Avenue Orellana N6-54 y Calle Reina Victoria, Quito, Ecuador
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Comfort and convenience are the two hallmark characteristics of the Holiday Inn Express in Quito Ecuador. The hotel is located moments from the Mariscal Sucre Airport -- and features an airport shuttle.  The Holiday Inn Express is located on Orellana Avenue, placing it central to many popular attractions such as the El TelefériQo gondola, many embassies, and popular restaurants. The city of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so there are many exciting places to explore during your stay. The staff will be happy to assist in your adventures.

The hotel aims to offer it's travelers the best in comfort away from home. At the end of a long day of exploring, or work in the city, you'll be happy to return to the comfortable Holiday Inn Express, with its many amenities that cater to both business and leisure travelers.

Guests will be pleased to discover complimentary high speed internet access available in the rooms. Each room is also equipped with air conditioning, comfortable bed and mini fridge. For your viewing pleasure rooms are outfitted with 32" LCD TV complete with cable. Each room also features a large window for guests to enjoy the landscape of the city of Quito. Each room offers a stunning view.

If you need to get some work done while you're visiting, the Holiday Inn Express also offers guests a Work desk in their rooms, outfitted with desktop electrical outlets. There is also a phone with voicemail in the room. If you have items you need to keep safe, there is an in-room safe available. All rooms offer guests coffee makers and mini refrigerators. There are also irons and ironing boards available.

Outside of the room, guests will be pleased the complimentary breakfast, served daily at the Express Start breakfast bar. There is also an onsite fitness center for guests to keep up with their exercise regimes. For the business traveler, there is a business center that features a copying, fax, a PC and other services. Guests will be pleased to discover housekeeping is daily, and should you need to wash your clothes there is an onsite washer and dryer. The hotel also offers a shoe shine service.

Staying at the Holiday Inn Express is a wonderful choice for someone looking for a convenient and comfortable place to stay in Quito. EscapeWizard.com recommends booking your hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Quito
By Janelle Clark
Sheraton Quito Hotel
Avenida Naciones Unidas y Avenida Republica de El Salvador, Quito, Ecuador
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Located in the scenic area of Old Town stands the Sheraton Quito Hotel. Old Town is a mellow experience for the leisurely. Its calm ambiance consists of a quasi-jazz feel which fits the Sheraton Quito Hotel’s location. Its interior has a relaxing, warm style with a splash of contemporary culture. The surrounding area matches perfectly with a differing outlook on shopping experiences and dining making it a relaxing and interesting experience.

Arriving in the general area would include the availability of Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO) if out of state and the vintage Trolley system giving visitors an old-time feel and scenic view of Old Town. Shuttle services are also available and run on a 24-hour basis.

Check in at the comfortable hour of 3 p.m.  Checking in to the Sheraton Quito Hotel is the start to a stay of a new or even a rejuvenating experience and at a comfortable price. Rooming includes the qualities that would make a comfort as close to the one of home, including television high speed internet access, refrigerator, telephone, and much more while providing a stylish yet warming atmosphere. Private parking is also available for safe keeping. Get steamed up and detoxed within the steam bath available as well as the recreational center as one of the Sheraton Quito Hotel’s luxuries. Even hit up a few of the restaurants and lounges including the Cooks Restaurant, Restaurante Fragatas, or Coffee and Snacks Lobby Café.

Getting out and on the town is an introduction to the preserved culture of Old Town, laced with shops from vintage to upscale the setting remains very old-time luxurious. Coffee shops accentuate Old Town and create a jazzy calm flow to the Old Town environment. Indulge in some of the fine cuisines ranging from ethnic to a more romantic dinner scene. If there’s a bit of time left, dig into some of Old Town’s historic past.

When the time of stay at the Sheraton Quito Hotel has ended checkout time is at 12 p.m. The stay of relaxation and luxury will await for another time at the Sheraton Quito Hotel in Old Town. Just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search for great prices with EscapeWizard.com.