Three Perfect Days in Quito

Quito is a breathtaking city-but not in the usual sense.  Sure, the Ecuadorian capital is gilded and gorgeous, a painstakingly preserved jewel box of Baroque excess that was named one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1978.  But, a 9,350 feet above sea level, the world’s second highest capital (after La Paz, Bolivia) is also a place that literally takes your breath away.  Not helping matters are the gasp inducing natural surroundings that cluster on either side of the equator; the alpine paramo grasslands, the snowcapped volcanoes, the misty cloud forests, the swarms of buzzing hummingbirds.  So inhale deeply, and dig in [Three_Days_In_Quito].

– By Nicholas DeRenzo