Learn Spanish in Quito
Located 2,850 meters above sea level, in between the snowy tops of the Andes mountains, Quito is one of the highest Latin American capitals. With the sleeping Pichincha volcano on the lookout Quito offers spectacular views of both urban and natural beauty all over town. Learn Spanish in Quito and discover the history of the city, which dates back to pre-colonial times. Various indigenous groups ruled the city until the Spaniards founded Quito in 1534, on top of the remains of Inca ruins.Quito Photo Gallery
Home of about 2 million quiteños, the city has a large historical center, that was recognized as World Heritage by Unesco in 1978. A recent restoration of old colonial buildings, theaters and churches has turned the center into a safer place, and filled the inhabitants with pride. The narrow labyrinth of colorful streets is packed with vendors, small businesses, musicians and stray dogs, ready to be explored.
New vs. Old
Learning Spanish in Quito will fully provide the opportunity to get to know all parts of the city. Only 15 minutes walking north from the Old Town centre, the Mariscal Sucre quarter marks the ‘new’ Quito. Referred to as “La Zona” or “Gringolandia” due to the amounts of foreigners, this part of the city is popular among both locals and tourists. The neighborhood is close to the airport and bus terminal, has trendy bars, restaurants, hotels and also government buildings are located in this part of the city. Plaza Foch is the bustling center of nightlife, and every weekend it is packed with people starting of their night of having drinks in one of the many bars located on the square.
Two Seasons in One DayQuito Photo Gallery
Due to the altitude of the city and location close to the equator, Quito possesses a subtropical highland climate, with year-round constant temperatures around 18°C (64°F) during the day. During the night, the temperature usually drops to 9°C (75°F). Quito has only two seasons: Dry months July to September are considered as summer, whereas wet months October to May are referred to as winter. The weather in Quito is somewhat unpredictable: Sunny periods and showers may occur within one day, but the sun almost always shines at least a couple of hours per day.