THE AMAZING CITY of Quito is the second-highest capital in South America, and at 9,350 feet above sea level, you may find it takes your breath away in more ways than one. Some business travelers visiting Ecuador head to the financial hub of Guayaquil in the south, but Quito remains the seat of political and cultural power. It’s not unusual for visitors arriving at the city’s Mariscal Sucre Airport to feel a touch of altitude sickness, although it’s nothing some coca leaf tea or Diamox can’t fix for most travelers.
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QUITO Ecuador’s capital city sits nearly 9,500 feet above sea level, making it the highest capital in the world. Home to 2.2 million, it was also the first city to receive UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site status in 1978, along with Krakow. Built on the legends of Incan ruins, the city is a blend of Spanish, Flemish, Moorish and indigenous influences, vibrant since the 16th century. A traveler can experience the Baroque architecture of Old Town and contemporary art in the same visit; there is an endless world to unearth in Quito. However, visitors should be advised the city can be dangerous after dark and to take heed accordingly.