Its historic center, with all the Spanish colonial legacy, was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. Between volcanoes Cayambe and Antisana are the hot springs of Papallacta. A stroll through the flora and fauna of the cloud forest of Nanegal can finish with a bath in the waterfall La Piragua. Perched on the slopes of the volcano Pichincha, Quito, capital of Ecuador, was considered for centuries one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In fact, its historic center was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978.
Quito stands out among other South American cities for its historic centre, which stretches over more than 300 blocks of flats. In addition, this year, the Ecuadorian capital celebrates another recognition, his appointment as American Capital of culture 2011. Six themed routes to discover the city the city that mixes tradition Inca and Spanish colonial legacy, since this summer offers six new thematic routes to explore his Metropolitan District. These tours take us from the Center historical or neighborhoods like Miraflores and Lloa, up the Cayambe national park or the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. These six routes complete Quito 2011 festivities. National Park Coca-Termas Cayambe-town of Papallacta. Among the volcanoes Cayambe and Antisana at 3,300 meters above sea level are the volcanic hot springs of Papallacta. On sunny days you can see the nevada top of Antisana volcano.
This thematic route is particularly suitable for lovers of nature and well-being. Miraflores. With the cable car is one of the many points with views over the city of Quito. Lap passes through the urban forest in direction to the modern district of Miraflores shopping. Cloudy Nanegal and cascade forest the kayak. After a tour in search of the flora and fauna of the cloud forest of Nanegal it arrives just in time for bathing in the waterfall La Piragua. Then after a meal full of local specialities, there is still time to admire the craftsmanship of the region and buy gifts. Lloa and Pichincha. In this thematic route, the travel may climb the volcano by the magnificent gardens of Chuquiragua until arriving at 4,630 meters above the sea level. The feeling of peace, the richness of flora and fauna and the opportunity to climb the volcano Guagua Pichincha Lloa give an incomparable attraction. From the viewpoint of the crater, you can enjoy views of unforgettable landscapes. Tingo-Cruz of the Ilalo. The volcano Ilalo, nowadays non-active, to the Northwest of Quito will climb. The route, with a low level of difficulty for its proximity to the equator, follows the San Pedro River close to 3,000 meters above the sea level, also passing through the town of El Tingo where travellers can enjoy traditional festivities and the joy of living typically Ecuadorian. Historical centre. Be part of the Plaza de San Francisco and passes by facades rich in history and Baroque treasures such as the Church Jesuits, dating back to the 16th century. In the Museum of the praise is given to visitors a panoramic view on the cosmological conception that had the pre-Inca cultures and figures of idols of indigenous cultures are exposed in its extensive and modern exhibition halls. Source of the news: six paths to discover Quito and its beautiful surroundings.