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UNESCO -- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded on November 16th 1945.
Santiago de Quito, most popularly known as Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador. Located at an elevation of 2,850 metres above sea level in the Andes Mountain Range; it is home to approximately 1.5 million people. Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador after Guayaquil and it serves as a major hub for all types of travel in Ecuador. Quito is located on the eastern slope of an active volcano and many different volcanoes and mountains around the valley can be seen from the city on clear days. Due to the nature of the landscape surrounding the city, Quito has taken on a long narrow shape and is approximately 40km long and 5km wide.
Quito was founded in 1534 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its beautiful historical architecture. The colonial centre of Quito is very well preserved and a large restoration project was recently completed. The narrow streets in this part of town are extremely vibrant and offer something for every sense. Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rises and government buildings are found. Quito is located very close to the equator and just outside of the city limits there is a monument and museum which mark the equator's location.
Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas and it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.
Pichincha, the volcano located west of Quito, is still active with its last eruption occurring in 2006 when a blanket of ash was deposited on the city. Pichincha has many different summits with its highest one rising to 4,784 metres above sea level. Both peaks are visible from Quito and can be climbed by adventure seekers.
UNESCO is located just beside the tourist district in Quito, so it is an easy transfer for volunteers. From BaseCamp House, walk down Gaspar de Villaroel to Ecovia Via Station; its located two block away. Get the bus to the South of Quito and get off at Baca Ortiz Station near La Mariscal. Walk 2 blocks south to Juan Leon Mera and look for the building which has a UNESCO sign in clear view.
Distance from BaseCamp: 5 KM
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:15
Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.
Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.
Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.
Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.
Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.
The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.
Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.
Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.
Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.
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