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Local Guide

Alive and vibrant in grand and subtle ways, Quito is where the modern & historic, religious & secular are inextricably intertwined. The great architecture of Quito – a UNESCO world heritage site – is found in the museums, churches, and convents of the historical district, which house even greater art traditions. Its structural and artistic splendour is rivalled only by the traditions of the city. Taste the flavours of Quito – a secret for centuries to which the world has now just begun to awaken – and understand why Ecuador has one of the hemisphere’s most varied cuisines. Experience the festivals, visit the markets and the activities which carry a spirit that has not changed for centuries.

Local Events

desfile at Swissotel Quito

Heritage Nights

1 Jan

Every Saturday night the streets and plazas of Quito’s historical district transform into a city-wide gathering to celebrate and enjoy local art and culture. Discover Quito on weekends through painting, music, theatre, and dance expositions. Every Saturday

desfile semana santa at Swissotel Quito

Holy Week

25 Mar

During Holy week Quito is home to a unique mixture of ritual and cultural expressions. Holy week is filled with centuries-old traditions and is complemented by other activities such as the International Festival of Sacred Music, gastronomic tours, parades, and other ceremonies throughout the week.

 quito at night at Swissotel Quito

Evening of Liberty

10 Aug

The Evening of Liberty brings out thousands of citizens on the night of 10th August, the anniversary of the first shouts for independence from Spain. The principal plazas, theatres, museums, churches, & cultural centres fill with people and activity to commemorate Quito’s struggle for independence.

music festival at Swissotel Quito

Quito Fest

1 Dec

QuitoFest, an international festival of independent music that began in Quito, constitutes the largest independent event for young Ecuadorians anywhere in the country. Days of concerts and presentations by local and international bands fill Itchimbia Park.

Panecillo at Swissotel Quito

Nativity Scene Contests and Displays

1 Dec

Every year the city fills with colour during the annual nativity scene contest for residents and tourists alike. This exhibition is evidence of an old tradition, which still maintains its importance and lustre, and commemorates the devotion and faith of the people of Quito.




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