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Pichincha, Ecuador

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Pichincha is a province of Ecuador located in the northern sierra region; its capital and largest city is Quito. It is bordered by Imbabura and Esmeraldas to the north, Cotopaxi and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas to the south, Napo and Sucumbíos to the east, and Esmeraldas and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas to the west.Prior to 2008, the canton Santo Domingo de los Colorados was part of the Pichincha Province. It has since become its own province, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.Administrative divisionsThe province is divided into eight cantons.
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Most visitors to Quito choose to stay in La Mariscal, a touristy neighborhood filled with guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. This area is also the town's nightlife hub, drawing a young crowd of revelers from around the world. If you prefer less noise, look for a bed in La Foresta, a quieter and less crowded alternative just a few blocks away from popular entertainment opportunities. For upscale sleeping options head to the old town, boasting many of Quito's top hotels in some of its prettiest buildings.
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  • If you've got the stamina to walk a little over an hour uphill, the climb to Rich Pichincha is definitely worth it. A few tips: go in the morning, the TeleferiQo opens at 9 and usually the clouds have...  more »
  • Catch the teleferico for $8.50 and from the top the hike should take about 2 to 3 hours. The end of the hike is an easy climb but the altitude does get to you. Try to do this as early as possible (Fir...  more »
  • If you visit Quito you need to do this hike. You do not need a guide. Most of this is just hiking with the last 20 minutes or so scrambling. Approximately three hours up and two hours coming down. Bri...  more »