Ecuador has it all: Amazon jungle, Andean highlands, indigenous markets, the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands and a fascinating capital, Quito, with a beautifully preserved historic centre. At the dizzying altitude of 2,850m, a hotel in Quito is a spectacular holiday destination and an excellent destination for a business trip. The award-winning Quito International Airport, one of the busiest in South America, is around an hour's drive from the city centre.
Why choose Quito for my business trip?
Quito is a fascinating city of contrasts in a dramatic setting, high up in the Andes amidst snow-dusted peaks and active volcanoes. Modern areas like the Mariscal district are lined with bars, restaurants, shops and designer boutiques, while the cobbled streets of Quito's buzzing historic centre will lead you past picturesque plazas and 17th century churches and monasteries. Many Quito hotels offer their own conference and meeting facilities and are experienced in welcoming English-speaking visitors and groups. Professional tour guides and event organisers are on hand to assist with your planning if you would like some local insider knowledge.
What are the cultural highlights of a trip to Quito?
At the heart of the city, you will find the extensive and remarkably well-preserved historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of Spanish colonial buildings. If you are interested in learning more about the city's fascinating past, a visit to the Museo Nacional (National Museum), one of the city's many museums, is a must.
What else can I do during my hotel stay in Quito?
For the best views of the city, which was built on the foundations of an ancient Incan settlement, and its mountainous surroundings, take the TelefériQo gondola lift, which, in around ten minutes, will take you 2.5km up Pichincha Volcano to a breathtaking lookout. If you have a little more spare time, why not head north and spend a morning browsing your way around Otavalo market? This bustling artisan market offers beautiful handmade crafts and souvenirs. Alternatively, a bus journey southwards along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', an amazing experience in itself, will take you to the stunning Quilotoa lagoon and crater. Whether you choose to explore the historic and cultural treasures near your hotel in Quito or venture beyond the city, your trip is certain to be a memorable one.