Quito Facts
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Quito Fast Facts

Population1,600,000 (approx.)
GeographyLocated in north central Ecuador on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano and in the Guayllabamba river basin.
ClimateQuito's high altitude and location practically right on top of the equator provides the city with spring-like weather all year round. Temperatures rarely fluctuate out of the mid-60's but there are two marked seasons: dry season and wet season. The wet season - or summer - is from June to September and the dry season - or winter - is the rest of the year.
Average annual temperature 64ºF / 15ºC
Local fare

Fusion of European and indigenous ingredients, dishes and techniques. Typical dishes of Quito and its surroundings include:

  • Patacones
  • Llapingachos
  • Seco de chivo
  • La guatita
  • Arroz con menestra
  • Caldo de salchica
  • Quimbolitos
  • Humitas
  • Mote pillo
  • Tripamishqui
Tourist OfficeQuito Visitors' Bureau (main location)
Palacio Municipal, 1st floor
Address: Plaza Grande (Old Town)
Tel: (+593 2) 2570 786
Email: infotur-ch@quito-turismo.com
Also has several other information offices located throughout the city.
Did you know?Quito has the best-preserved, least-changed and most extensive Old Quarter in all of Latin America, according to UNESCO. In fact, in 1978 Quito became the very first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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