At street level, Quito is a hectic place: vendors crows the sidewalk, traffic screeches and lurches along, stereo systems blast reggaeton from each store. From a distance, however, the city is beautiful and serene. What are the best places to get a view of the Quito?
Rucu Pichincha: That craggy looking volcano looming over the city doubles an excellent viewpoint. The easiest way to get there is by taking the TeleferiQo, the cable car that will carry you to an elevation of 13,300 feet (4,050 meters).
Guapulo: Guapulo is an emerging nightlife destination in Quito, but it’s also one of the best places to get a view of the city. From the bohemian, cliff-side bars, you can look down on the neighborhood’s white-washed 18th-century buildings and colonial church, and on a clear night you can see all the way to Cumbayá, in the next valley over.
Basilica del Voto Nacional: From the top of the neo-gothic Basilica del Voto Nacional, you’ll enjoy views that would make Quasimodo jealous. After crossing some catwalks and climbing some ladders, you’ll have an unparalleled view of both colonial and modern Quito.
Mirador El Panecillo: Located atop a hill on the south end of the Centro Historico, a giant statue of the Virgin Mary marks the spot for the best views of Quito’s historic neighborhoods. Make sure to take a cab up the hill.