22 Facts About Quito


Quito is the political and cultural center of Ecuador as the country's major governmental, administrative, and cultural institutions are located within the city.

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Oldest traces of human presence in Quito were excavated by American archeologist Robert E Bell in 1960, on the slopes of the Ilalo volcano, located between the eastern valleys of Los Chillos and Tumbaco.

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Quito briefly proclaimed its de facto independence from Spain between 1765 and 1766 during the Quito Revolt.

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In 1833 members of the Society of Free Inhabitants of Quito were assassinated by the government after they conspired against it.

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Quito returned to Ecuador in 1912 and attempted to return to power unsuccessfully; he was arrested on 28 January 1912, and imprisoned, then lynched by a mob that stormed the prison.

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Quito's body was dragged through the streets of Quito to a city park, where it was burned.

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Quito is located in the northern highlands of Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin.

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The valley of Guayllabamba River where Quito lies is flanked by volcanoes, some of them snow-capped, and visible from the city on a clear day.

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Quito is the only capital city that was developed so close to an active volcano.

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Volcanoes on the Central Cordillera, east of Quito, surrounding the Guayllabamba valley, include Cotopaxi, Sincholagua, Antisana and Cayambe.

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Southern part of Quito has a subtropical highland climate, while the northern part has a warm-summer mediterranean climate .

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Quito is the largest city in contribution to national GDP, and the highest in per capita income.

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Top major industries in Quito includes textiles, metals and agriculture, with major crops for export being coffee, sugar, cacao, rice, bananas and palm oil.

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In "The World according to GaWC" global cities report, which measures a city's integration into the world city network, Quito is ranked as a Beta city: an important metropolis instrumental in linking its region or state into the world economy.

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Quito has the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic center in the Americas.

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Parque Bicentenario is the second largest urban park in Quito, located in the site of the Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport.

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Since July 2005, Quito has had an aerial tramway, known as the "Teleferiqo", from the city center to the hill known as Cruz Loma on the east side of the Pichincha volcano.

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Quito is a city with a mix of modern-day and traditional culture.

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Quito is home to two prominent football clubs in the country.

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Deportivo Quito was the first out of the three home teams to win the title.

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LDU Quito is the only club from the capital to have won 4 continental titles.

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America de Quito was one of the most titled clubs in the past but has recently played in the lower divisions.

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