QUITO – THE BASICS
Explore Quito, the capital of Ecuador, nestled in a long, narrow valley between the lush base of Pichincha, an active volcano, and the steep canyon of the river Machangara. Quito is generally thought of as South America’s most beautiful capital city, with the incredible natural setting, classical architecture and modern structures. Discover the historic sites of Quito’s old city and dozens of museums, visit hundreds of shops, cafes and restaurants, and take advantage of the plethora of excursions, hikes and climbs in the surrounding area. Although Quito lies just south of the equator, Ecuador’s capital enjoys mild days and cool nights almost year-round. The climate is divided into two seasons, wet and dry.
CLIMB EL PANECILLO
El Panecillo is a 200-meter hill in the midwest part of Quito. A statue of the virgin Mary is located at the very top. The statue is 45 meters tall and referred to as the Virgin of El Panecillo.
This program is offered by Pontificia Universidad de Ecuador, a Jesuit University in Quito, Ecuador. Students live with host families, which helps them to improve their Spanish and get immersed in the Ecuadorian culture.
To learn more about our study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador, visit our website.