Few, if any, Latin American capitals are as appealing as Quito. First, there is its climate. This is a city with an eternal spring. Even though it is located near the equator, its altitude, at around 2,850 meters (9,350 feet), means that daily highs fairly consistently range between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius (60s and 70s Fahrenheit). Then there are the historic sights: the countless plazas, churches and other buildings from as early as the 16th century that helped earn the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Finally, Quito has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years. Alongside, and often within, beautiful colonial buildings, you will find new restaurants and boutiques that are giving this very old city a refreshing new energy.