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The Central University of Ecuador is the oldest university, and the second largest by number of students in the Republic of Ecuador. It originated in three famous educational institutions in the colonial history of Ecuador: the Seminary of “San Luis” and the universities “San Gregorio Magno”, of the Jesuits and “Santo Tomás de Aquino”, of the Dominicans. With the union of these universities, the Central University of Quito was founded in 1651.

The substantive tasks of this public, autonomous and secular institution are teaching, research and the dissemination of culture. In addition, its main purpose is to serve the country and humanity, train professionals useful to society, organize and conduct research mainly about national conditions and problems, and extend as widely as possible the benefits of culture. This mission is fulfilled through graduate and postgraduate training, the practice of social and experimental research and links with society, through appropriate management.


Quito is the second highest capital city in the world, at 2,800 meters above sea level. Its location in the middle of the world makes it a place where tradition and modernity, natural and cultural beauty converge, and is the gateway to Ecuador, a country that offers a number of options for its visitors.

In addition, the capital of Ecuador is known for its rich colonial history, beautiful landscapes and pre-Columbian art. UNESCO refers to Quito as the city with “the best preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America”.

Quitsato, the original name of the city, means “Middle Earth” in the old ‘tsafiqui’ language. Quito is the only place on the planet where Ecuador crosses the highlands. The pre-Inca civilizations were able to develop their astronomical knowledge with the help of clear reference points that surround the city: Pichincha Volcano (4,784 masl) to the west, the Antisana (5,704 masl) to the east and the snow-covered Cayambe (5,790 masl) northeast, almost precisely at the equator.

While some travelers can visit the city in 1 or 2 days, we suggest a three-day tour that covers the historic center of the city, the modern and northern part of the city and several archaeological sites located in the district of Quito.

How to get there:

From the main cities of the world there are flights to the airport located in Tababela about 25 km. from the center of the city. It operates national airlines such as Tame, LATAM Ecuador, in addition to the main international airlines: Avianca, American Airlines, KLM, Copa Airlines, Aeromexico, Iberia, among others.

From the airport there are several options to get to the city such as car rental, taxis, public transport buses and Uber.

If you arrive on October 20 and 21 you will find some of the staff that will be there to guide you with the transportation options to Quito and also guide you regarding currency exchange.

IMPORTANT: For this we need to confirm your flight number and arrival time. For more information you can visit the website

If you are in any part of the Ecuadorian Republic, you can go to the corresponding bus terminal and buy a ticket to the Carcelén Terrestrial Terminal if your lodging is located in the north of Quito or if it is the case to the Quitumbe Terminal if your lodging is located south of the city.

IMPORTANT: If you need guidance on how to go to your destination, send an email to

In Quito there are basically three types of urban transport: the special, the interparroquial and the popular, in addition to the system of taxi cooperatives and the UBER system.

The most recommended forms of transportation to move around the city are the Trolleybus and the Ecovia, which are fast bus systems, with exclusive lanes that cross the city from end to end (trunk routes) and connect with transversal lines (feeder routes) of access to different points of the capital. The Trolleybus not only covers almost the entire city, but also allows direct access to the most important station in terms of movement of tourists, the Terminal Terrestre of Quitumbe. For more information, visit the website:

What to do in Quito




 Principal mirador de Quito


Places of interest

Quito has a large number of places to visit that go from its historic churches to nearby places with nature and adventure. For more information visit the website:

Museums and Cultural Centers    PDF

Churches, Convents and Cathedrals PDF

Bookstores and Crafts   PDF





The hotel offerings of Quito are very wide and varied. The official hotels, which have a special rate for participants in the SIBGUADUA are the following:






Alameda Hotel Mercure

+593 2 299 4059

Daniela Tirado


+593 2 256 7600

Wendy Huaillas

Holiday Inn Express

+593 2 299 7394

Danilo Llerena

Wyndam Garden

+593 2 226 5265

Andrea Torres

IBIS Quito

+593 9 9350 6857

Daniela Salazar

Hotel Sheraton

+593 2 243 3906

Valeria Córdova

You can also visit the website where you will find other accommodation options.