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Historic Quito, Ecuador

Cook Islands, South Pacific

Photo: Chad Ehlers/Getty Images

The city’s Old Town—a restored unesco World Heritage site—is a window into the country’s colonial past, full of painstakingly renovated mansions and churches, new restaurants and hotels, and recently opened museums. This year, the city celebrates 200 years of independence from Spain with hundreds of cultural performances.

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Destinations: Quito

Hotels (3)

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    Nü House Hotel

    The hotel, in the Mariscal Sucre neighborhood, feels like a Scandinavian import, with granite tile floors and minimalist décor.

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    Villa Colonna

    In the heart of Old Town, this six-suite boutique property features private patios, high ceilings, and antique furnishings.

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    Hotel Patio Andaluz

    The 2004 hotel was largely responsible for the Quito’s renaissance. Inside, 32 rooms are set within a preserved colonial mansion.

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    Zazu

    For dinner, order the sole ceviche in tomato juice.

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Activities (2)

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    Capilla del Hombre

    A shrine to Ecuador’s most famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín.

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    Museo Guayasamín

    The museum is an homage to Ecuador’s most famous artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín.

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