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Quito, Ecuador’s capital city was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Incan city and stands at an altitude of 2850m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque School of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. Today, the capital of Ecuador presents travellers with a unique South American travel experience filled with history, culture and sights. 
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • An Ecuador Tourist Visa is not required for citizens of South Africa for a stay up to 90 days. Ensure your passport is valid for at least another six months after returning from your trip and you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.  
  • The South African Consulate is situated at Av. República del Salvador N 890 y Suecia, Edf. Delta, Piso 6, Quito. Phone: +593 2 246 7219. 

See and do

Attractions are plentiful – not surprising considering the city’s historical past. Key highlights to add to your list include the Basilica del Voto Nacional, Conjunto Monumental San Francisco, Plaza Grande, Museo del Banco Central, Casa de la Cultura, Museo de la Ciudad, Teleferico Cable Car, Botanical Gardens, Carmen Alto Monastery, Itchimbia Cultural Complex and Park, Intiñan Solar Museum, Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus, Mitad del Mundo (middle of the world) monument, Calle de la Rond (beautifully restored street dotted with cafes, shops and other interesting sights) and plenty more besides. 
Shopping takes the form of pretty boutiques, shopping centres, markets and fair-trade shops/workshops run by local craftsmen. There are many unique things to buy here – look out for specialities such as woven scarves or sandals (try The Mariscal); guitars (try Guitarras Guacan); fair-trade coffee, chocolate and leather goods (the vendor stalls are good, otherwise try Tianguez (Plaza San Francisco), El Quinde (Plaza Grande) or Museo Mindalae; and an assortment of local, imported and generic finds such as designer clothing (try malls such as Quicentro, Mall el Jardin, Megamaxi or Ventura Mall). 
Quito’s public transport network is easy, cheap and fairly well-organised. You can hop on one of the many buses that run in three routes through the city (note that there are not very many transfer points on the routes). The bus routes are colour coded depending on their routes, and pickpockets have been reported so you may want to plan ahead with a bus schedule (ask at the airport information desk when you arrive in town!). There are also taxis and trains if you want to travel further, or you can hire a bicycle, scooter or car (fun, easy ways to get around). 

Quito Airport – UIO  

Food and beverage: Coffee spots at the airport include Last Coffee and Subway. 
Currency Exchange:  There are ATMs in both arrivals and departures – you can also ask at the information desk regarding currency exchange. 
Lost Luggage: You can report losses and other issues at the baggage claims area of arrivals. 
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels are Hotel Aeropuerto, Hotel Plaza Grande, Akros Hotel, Hosteria Rancho Alegre, Hostal Isla Isabela and Sheraton Quito. 
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Hertz, Avis, Expo, Budget, Localiza and other local operators. 
Airport Hub: Quito Airport (code UIO) is a hub for Avianca Ecuador, LAN Ecuador and TAME, with scheduled flights to and from destinations in South America, the US and various other world-wide destinations.

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