Romantico Quito Mio… as the lyrics of a popular Ecuadorian song say.  That’s Quito, Ecuador, an enchanting city amidst Andean sceneries to immerse in a romantic atmosphere! Discover Quito, where ancient charm meets modern allure, offering a captivating backdrop for your most intimate moments. Find here why Quito is the best destination for a romantic getaway. 

Cozy moments in Quito’s Historic Center 

Couples can immortalize their memories inside one of the best-preserved historic centers of South America and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Quito’s Old Town is brimming with colonial architecture, picturesque squares, colonial buildings with balconies, and hidden courtyards. One of the preferred activities for couples is to appreciate incredible panoramic views of the city while indulging in candlelit dinners or in the vast viewpoints of the city, such as climbing the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church roofs or the Cathedral domes to take gorgeous photos. 

Also, during a Quito city tour, lovers can enjoy strolling through the old town to visit highlights such as San Francisco Church home to masterpieces of Escuela de Arte Quiteño; La Compañía Church recognized for its ornaments and gold altars; the Plaza Grande, to sit and try a delicious cup of coffee under the Cathedral atrium or a walk to La Ronda, an emblematic street with colonial houses featured by adorned balconies and some resto-bars. 

Top Culinary delights 

Savor the flavors of Ecuadorian gastronomy as you dine in intimate restaurants offering traditional dishes with a modern twist and high-end cuisine options. From mouthwatering locro de papa (potato soup with cheese), fritada, llapingachos, ceviche, encebollado, savory empanadas, humitas, quimbolitos, desserts, and handmade sweets.

 Quito’s culinary scene also offers engaging activities for couples, such as cooking classes of 3-course meals of traditional dishes with fresh ingredients, or gourmet chocolate tastings to delight in different flavors or a warm cup of it, while learning insights about the elaboration process. 

 Romantic Day Trips

The distances between Quito’s highlights are not so far from the countryside’s charming surroundings, so couples can take advantage of incredible road trip ideas to the nearest areas steeped in adventure and relaxation. Read here our recommended spots: 

  • Visit the Middle of The World Monument to take a romantic photo at the exact point between both hemispheres on Earth. 
  • Papallacta, the perfect couple spa retreat: Have a pampering spa day at one of the luxurious wellness centers near Quito, where you can relax and rejuvenate in hot spring waters, naturally heated by volcanic activity known for its therapeutic properties with indulgent treatments. 
  • Cotopaxi adventure: For the most intrepid beloveds, it will be worth going around the Cotopaxi volcano, the main highlight of the Avenue of the Volcanoes. It is ideal for hiking near the Limpiopungo Lake, spotting local wildlife, and enjoying birdwatching and breathtaking views. 
  • Otavalo, charming Andean countryside to discover small towns and relax in a tranquil atmosphere surrounded by the Imbabura and Cayambe volcanoes, the impressive Peguche Waterfall, and San Pablo Lake, where you can take boat rides to appreciate the surroundings. 

We hope these recommendations help you plan your next romantic getaway for your clients! As your local Tour Operator in Ecuador, we will be pleased to assist you in any way possible! Feel free to contact us for more information about romantic travel experiences in Quito.

Published in April 2024