Quito, the capital city of Ecuador at an elevation of 2,850 metres above sea level, is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. The central square of Quito is located about 25 kilometers south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 kilometer of zero latitude. Here are some images from Quito, Ecuadors colonial beauty and some general views of the city including some panorama views from El Panecillo, so please sit back and enjoy the slide show. Due to the altitude and location close to the equator the climate is mild, well mornings feel like spring, afternoons like summer, evenings like Autumn and nights cold like winter. What a beautiful city well worth a visit!