Quito, a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity sice 1978.
Quito, capital of Ecuador, escorted by high volcanoes and formed by streets broken and rocks where the houses become engraved like looking for a solid shelter, a city where people try to conserve their colorful traditions.
Quito is located on a horizontal strip of land running north to south between beautiful mountains. The splendor of the city's natural setting, combined with its attractive squares, parks and monuments as well as the warmth of its people, makes it an unique and unforgettable place. Besides its amazing landscapes, Quito is known for its treasures of colonial churches, paintings, sculptures and carvings.
Location: Andes mountain range 2.800 meters
Quito located at 2800 meters above sea level, starts its construction around 1534. It was built on such irregular landscape with great deal of effort and creativity. After the 20th century in 1978 the city with the biggest perimeter in colonial architecture in Latin America, was declare by UNESCO World Heritage, Patrimony of Culture and Heritage. The program catalogues, names, and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity . As an unique and exceptional testimony of traditional culture, becoming the first city in the continent to ever receive this distinction.
Quito could be divided in two areas:
The colonial city of Quito
The modern city of Quito