Quito is one of those places that brims with history. So much so that its entire city centre has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are pretty buildings every time you turn a corner. I had a good three days to explore the historic heart, but if you're short on time, then here are five must see sights in Quito.
Plaza GrandeAlso known as the Plaza de la Indepencia, this square is the pulsing heart of the old town and you really should start your visit here. It's bordered by the presidential building on the north side, The Cathedral of Quito on the west side, the municipal building on the south side and the archbishop's Palace on the east side. The square is buzzing with activity of street vendors, shoe shiners, tourists and locals. If you happen to be her eon Monday morning around 11 am, do pop by and watch the very animated changing of the guards. It includes the president, horses and lots of fanfare.
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
If you're going to visit a church here, you'd better make it this one. Its interior is an eclectic mix of Mudejar, Spanish baroque and indigenous design. Walking into this church, which took 160 years to be completed, your jaw will literally drop to the floor at the sight of so much gold.