Ecuador is bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. The country also owns the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific.

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Residents of Quito, Ecuador sometimes refer to their hometown as ciudad de los campanarios: “city of bell towers.” It’s not hard to see why.

With over 80 churches inside the city limits, Quito’s skyline is crowded with domes and soaring spires, giving the world’s second-highest capital a luminous, transcendent quality unlike any other in Latin America. Other quiteño nicknames for the city are equally celestial: “city of swallows,” “eternal city,” “little face of God.”