Cotopaxi Volcano, Guagua Pichincha Volcano, Antisana Volcano, Cayambe Volcano, Mindo Cloud forest hot spot are ones of the amazing landscapes you can see in just 60 or 70 Km around Quito Ecuador, read and find the way to enjoy every single one of this natural attractions near Quito Ecuador.

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Quito is a modern metropolis filled with different comforts and services that has the advantage to be just hours or minutes away from natural and ecological places. Some of the activities that you are able to practice in the surroundings of Quito are hiking, camping, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and even rafting.

Other more relaxing activities are bird watching or to take a bath in the hot springs of Oyacachi and Papallacta or just go and visit the zoo in Guayllabamba.

Accessibility to these places it's easy by highway and then by car paths, where you can do some 4x4 driving or just take your mountain bike and ride through different paths. Some tour operators offer excellent tours that include transportation, lodging and other services that are the most appropriate to visit those places.

The links below will get you through some of the possibilities of tours to some of the best destinations near Quito,
  1. Papallacta and Oyacachi hot springs
  2. Mindo Rain Forest
  3. Mojanda Lagoons
  4. Cotopaxi Volcano National Park
  5. Pasochoa Wild Life Refuge
  6. Cayambe Volcano-Coca Ecological Reserve
  7. Antisana Volcano Ecological Reserve
  8. Ilinizas Ecological ReservePululahua Volcano Geobotanic Reserve
  9. Rucu & Guagua Pichincha Volcano
  10. Quito Guayllabamba Zoo
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Quito offers different kinds of opportunities to the national and international tourist. It's peculiar geographical site and magnificent history flows through each street and plaza, which makes of Quito the perfect destiny to start your trip around Ecuador and to know something else about a South American capital.

Quito's Historic Center is well known for it's churches and the preservation of the ancient houses that surrounds the church's plazas. Quito's Art School is worldwide known for the art collections that are presented in the museums, which are impressive and reflect the thinking of the period.

The architecture of Quito is unique, this because it lays in between a vale of the Andes and was built between mountains and valleys. Every building has adapted to it's irregular topography and within the years hills and small mountains have been covered up by the construction of houses and buildings all around.
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Mountains and hills such as the Pichincha, Panecillo, Ilalo of Cruz Loma raise in the environs of the city and they are excellent for sightseeing, some have archeological remains and others are the perfect spot for practice mountain bike or there are simply a free space to do a hike and relax away from the city.

The Panecillo its one of the main attractiveness of the city been a symbol of Quito. It is known that in that place once there was a temple to worship the sun, nowadays Quito's Virgen raises up which design was made by a sculptor named Legarda. From this site there is a breathtaking view of Quito's Historic Center. When you visit the Panecillo or a hike around the mountain skirts it is recommended to go with company.

Quito has many hills and cliffs, and that is why it is common to find stairs at the end of a street. A good way to get good views of Quito is to walk by the streets that lay in the skirts of the Pichincha or to go to the surroundings of the Metropolitan Park.

The parks are the main recreational places in Quito; people use to go over there on weekends to practice any kind of sports. In the city you can find many different parks in size and attractions, and you can find a small park in each neighborhood that you visit.

Metropolitano Park and Carolina Park are the main parks of the city. The first one located in Batan's neighborhood, is the biggest urban park in South America. Carolina park is known for being the lungs of Quito, located almost in the center of the north side of the city between Shyris and Amazonas avenues, it's close to many shopping centers and it has many recreational attractions.

There are also other parks that because of its antiquity and beauty are a traditional site in Quito. The "El Ejido" and "La Alameda" are located close to the Casa de la Cultura and are more than 50 years old. A small tour around old town Quito could end with a stop in La Alameda, were you can see the first astronomic observatory of the city.

Quito by its own, it's an excellent astronomical observatory site; because of its special location near the equator, you have the opportunity to admire the stars in its greatness. Also the sky of Quito is well known for its deep blue and for its cloudless nights in the summer.

The Cultura Solar museum and the planetariums (of the Mitad del Mundo and the one next to the Military Hospital) are institutions that are trying to raise the astronomic culture and occasionally they make some trips to the ancient observatory sites.

One of the main tourist sites in the surrounding of Quito is the "Ciudad Mitad del Mundo" were the equatorial line is located. Over there you can find museums, restaurants, handicraft stores, and live shows.

Also you can visit the Zoo, that is located one hour from Quito in Guayllabamba. This is an excellent place were you could see an interesting collection of animals like the Andes condor, tapir, small tigers and much more. There's an excellent weather and the opportunity to taste delicious typical dishes. © 2009 Posicionamiento Web Ecuador
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