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View of Quito photo
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Cayambe Volcano photo
View of Quito photo
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Gral.Melchor Aymerich photo
San Sebastion photo
San Sebastion photo
La Virgen de Quito photo
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Rucu Pichincha photo
    

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Quito, officially San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America. It is located in north central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of the Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains. Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. It is also the seat of the Quito Metropolitan District, and the capital of the Pichincha province. As the headquarters of the newly-formed Union of South American Nations, Quito is also the de facto capital of South American integration.

The city's elevation is, on average, 2,850 m (about 9,350 ft), making Quito the second highest capital city in the world.

Quito is located about 25 km (15 miles) south of the equator. A monument and museum marking the general location of the equator is known locally as la mitad del mundo (the middle of the world).

Due to its high altitude and position on the equator, Quito has a constant, mild to cool climate. The typical temperature at noon is 25°C (77ºF) with a normal night-time low of 6°C (43ºF). The average temperature is 15° C (64ºF). The city experiences only two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season, June through September (4 months), is referred to as summer; the wet season, October through May (8 months), is referred to as winter.

Because of its location at the equator, Quito does not experience variations in daylight hours during the course of a year. Except for a few minutes resulting from a slight wobble in the earth as it rotates, sunrise and sunset are always at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively.



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