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Quito is Ecuador´s capital, and one of its best secrets is the biggest and best-preserved colonial center in South America. Even thought what we know as Quito was already inhabited 10,000 years ago, the influence and lately merged with European and other Andean cultures 500 years ago, produced an amalgam of traditions and colors, so bright as it has never seen before. Colonial Churches built 400 years ago with their interiors and altars covered with the finest gold-leaf, impressive facades carved in stone and the rich baroque style, unique in America, among other things, make this place one of those unique corners in the world.

http://www.petrelexpeditions.com/index.php/en/colonial-cities-unesco-world-heritage/quito-the-capital

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