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Welcome to Quito, the city of eternal spring, bridge to Ecuadors past, and your gateway city. Even if you are not much of a city person, this World Heritage Site has a certain charm to it. Nestled within the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the breathtakingMoreWelcome to Quito, the city of eternal spring, bridge to Ecuadors past, and your gateway city. Even if you are not much of a city person, this World Heritage Site has a certain charm to it. Nestled within the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the breathtaking backdrop blends with colonial architecture to create a truly unique surrounding. At 9,319 feet, Quito is Latin Americas second-highest capital, after La Paz in Bolivia, and the main hub for Ecuadors tourism traffic. Located along a narrow stretch of land in the northern Andean Sierras, Quito is the main hub between the coastal lowlands in the west, the mountains, and the upper Amazon Basin in the east. From here, it is possible to fly or drive to virtually anywhere on the mainland. The Andes Mountain Range geographically divides the country in two from north to south, and the Pan-American Highway, which passes through Quito, stretches along this line. Pichincha Volcano forms the western edge of town and, to the east, a deep gorge and the Machángara River borders Quito. Beautiful colonial architecture stills exists throughout Old Town Quito, a bustling center of activity.This is based on our much larger Ecuador Adventure Guide.This unique region provides more geographic, biological and recreational diversity than any other country in Latin America. It has Darwins Galapagos islands, misty cloud forests, the snow-capped Andes and the Amazon Basin. The natural attractions are unparalleled. This book is the ultimate resource for travelers. With an eye toward ecotourism, its packed with practical travel tips and full of details about the regions unique cultures. -- Amazon customerProvides all the suggestions and tools necessary to put together an outstanding trip... candid... -- The BookwatchAdventure Guides aim to deliver content... Moderately-priced and truly user-friendly, they are packed with information that other series rarely cover. -- Library JournalCovered in detail are the history, culture, geography and climate, with stops at museums, historic sites and local attractions. Also covered are places to stay and eat- transportation- practical concerns- useful websites- e-mail addresses- and tourism contacts. Detailed regional and town maps feature walking and driving tours.