The city of Quito (Peru's capital) is located on the lower slopes of Pichincha volcano in a fertile valley of the Andes at an elevation of 9,350 ft (2,850 m) above sea level. Quito (formally named San Francisco de Quito) is the oldest capital in South America. It retains a colonial centre, currently a World Heritage Site, where narrow cobbled streets dip into ravines. The city is laid out according to a rectangular plan with expansive central Plaza de la Independencia dominated by 16th-century cathedral, flower gardens and quiet parks. Architecture is chiefly in Spanish Baroque style. Notable buildings include Palacio de Gobierno, Palacio Arzobispal and the churches of La Compañía, Santo Domingo, San Francisco and San Agustin. The Basilica of Guapulo is perched on the edge of a ravine, and has many fine carvings and paintings. Museums in the city are well worth a visit particularly Museo Nacional del Banco Central del Ecuador.
The native city of Quito was conquered by the Incas in 1487 and by the Spanish in 1534. It was liberated by South American troops in 1822, in their revolt against Spanish rule. The city was Ecuador's chief economic centre until early 20th century, when it was displaced by Guayaquil. Quito was damaged by several earthquakes in the 19th century.
Most Galapagos islands cruises start with flights from Quito to Baltra Island, being the departure port. Galapagis cruise deals are usually inclusive of both flights (Quito to Baltra, and the reverse Baltra to Quito), as well as of the shore excursions offered in all ports of call along the ship's itinerary.
Highlights: Colonial buildings, Cathedral, Churches
Quito tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Quito guided city sightseeing (Legislative Palace), tour to the San Francisco Monastery, visiting La Compania Church, Oswaldo Guayasamin's Museum (Ecuadorian painter and sculptor).
The Quito cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Quito, Ecuador.
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Port Quito cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Quito, Ecuador. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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