Quito, Ecuador’s capital is the quintessential holiday destination of Latin America that offers wonderful diversity – from jaw-dropping mountainous landscapes to a charming old town, as well as religious buildings and colonial sites. This enticing capital city was one of the world’s first cities to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s no wonder why; there are lots of incredible landmarks to explore here. The most iconic amongst them is the Virgin of El Panecillo, one of the world’s largest aluminum monuments with a huge winged statue of the Virgin Mary. Head to the Basilica of the National Vow, a Roman Catholic church and admire its colourful stained-glass windows and neo-Gothic architecture. You can also step inside the stunning 17th-century La Compania de Jesus Church which features gold-plated baroque carvings and Baroque style architecture. After all of that sightseeing, why not retreat to the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve to discover a variety of birds, mammals and insects, as well as over 2000 endemic plant species. Brightsun Travel offers cheap flights to Quito, so you can look forward to planning a trip to this fascinating city teeming with memorable sights and attractions.
There are plenty of captivating museums and art galleries in Quito including the Chapel of Man Museum, a popular art hub displaying a range of paintings and murals created by Ecuador’s renowned artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. Another museum worth visiting is the Alberto Mena Caamano Museum, home to a rare collection of more than 600 objects including sculptures, paintings, and weapons, as well as life-size wax figures depicting scenes related to Ecuador’s independence movement. The La Cima de la Libertad is another fine venue that showcases a variety of military uniforms, daggers, rifles, cavalry swords and exhibits from the Ecuadorian colonial era; here you can discover personal items of South America’s renowned revolutionary hero Dona Manuela Saenz y Aizpuru, including her garments and photographs. Then there’s the Museo Inti-Nan, a science museum with various exhibits related to the planets, satellites, and origins of the universe. Finally, don’t forget to visit the MarsuArte art gallery to witness a variety of stainless steel sculptures created by renowned artist Elvira Valenzuela. Book direct flights to Quito from India through Brightsun Travel and look forward to exploring this country’s amazing museum spaces for yourself.