Quito Captivates Tourists with Tradition and Adventure
Posted on 08/29/2017
A dedication to tradition, adventure and the meetings market has paid off for Quito’s tourism.
During the first half of 2017, the capital city of Ecuador has experienced a 2.3 percent growth over last year.
According to Ecuador’s Ministry of Internal Affairs Department of Migration, Quito welcomed 314,183 international visitors between January and June of 2017, which is 7,069 more travelers than the previous year.
The Quito Visitors Bureau is attributing this to the city’s diverse cultural and gastronomic offerings over the summer, as well as to Quito’s new Metropolitan Convention Center, which is scheduled to open in 2018.
“Our efforts to promote Quito around the world are providing positive results,” said Veronica Sevilla, General Manager of the Quito Tourism Board. “We have new campaigns that help showcase the experiences in Quito, including its flavors, aromas and textures that have allowed it to captivate travelers."
Quito’s attractions are diverse. Visitors will find an abundance of things to do, whether just strolling quaint neighborhoods and engaging with locals to shopping in markets, exploring museums, taking culinary classes and more.
Quito has worked to highlight its traditions, offering new workshops that are easily accessible to visitors.
At the El Quinde Visitors Center, workshops highlight some of the traditional handicrafts that are made in Quito. Live demonstrations include hat production, wood craftsmanship, toy-making, honey production and more.
A stroll through La Ronda, a neighborhood filled with craftsman, gives travelers a deeper engagement with local culture. There are opportunities to meet with local tradespeople and see where and how they make hats, fix figurines, transform chocolate into confections and more.
A visit to Mercado Central will give visitors a taste of local culinary traditions. Fresh cuts of meat, produce and even herbs for healing can all be found here.
Travelers who want a truly hands-on experience can organize cooking classes and learn traditional recipes for popular dishes like ceviche. Healing rituals can also be arranged through local hotels as well as with healers in the market and are often incorporated into spa treatments.
Museums highlight Quito’s rich history. Museo del Carmen Alto brings the past to life, engaging local storytellers at to provide a more in-depth look at the country’s origins.
Those seeking Quito’s more adventurous side will find themselves at home on the outskirts of the city where the region’s biodiversity is on full display in the cloud forest.
In El Pahuma Reserve, visitors can explore the region's biodiversity. Not far outside the bustling center of the city lies this stunning cloud forest where visitors get to know the area’s flora and fauna as well as undertake a variety of adventurous pursuits such as trekking and rappelling.
PHOTO: Quito, Ecuador is welcoming more travelers as of late. (photo by Janeen Christoff)