Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city was the first ever to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with good reason! Quito may be home to over two million modern residents today, making it the second most populated city in Ecuador, but the city was founded atop the ruins of an ancient Incan civilization. Give yourself the freedom of mobility - book a rental car in Quito today and prepare to marvel at all this fascination region has to offer.
If you look toward the west, you will see the picturesque Pichincha volcano towering over the city. Pichincha is an active volcano that is constantly being monitored, making it a unique feature of Quito. There are a number of other active volcanoes within close proximity to the city as well, much to the delight of volcanologists and geologists alike. If you are feeling brave, you can climb your way to the top of multiple summits on Pichincha, including its two highest, the Guagua and the Rucu, which are 15,696 feet and 15,413 feet above sea level respectively.
If you prefer to remain a safe distance from possible molten lava and red hot ash, there is plenty to do within the city. A visit to the renowned Museo del Banco Central offers visitors a peek at a vast array of art, with each room devoted to a different style and era. If you are more interested in Ecuador's social history than its art history, then the Museo de la Ciudad is probably more up your alley. Exciting and interactive, this museum hosts live reenactments of life in Ecuador throughout the ages, from quiet evenings in 16th century homes to epic battles against the Spanish. Round out the experience with a peaceful walk through the Jardin Botanico botanical gardens. The orchid exhibits are guaranteed to take your breath away.
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