QUITO is the capital of Ecuador. At 9,200 feet high in the Andes, the city is located only 13 miles from the “Middle of the World”, the Equatorial Line. Set in a hollow at the foot of the Pichincha Volcano, Quito is surrounded by hills and several snowcapped mountains. Its historic center or “Old Town”, known for its treasures of Colonial churches, monasteries, paintings, sculptures and carvings, and the magnificent blend of Spanish, Flemish, and Moorish architecture, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Altogether the city has 86 beautiful churches and monasteries from the 16th and 17th centuries, earning its title “Convent of America”. Nearby is Quito’s “New Town” and its heart La Mariscal, a bustling area with ethnic and international restaurants, coffee shops, handicraft market and a lively nightlife.