QUITO Ecuador

To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Quito Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]
Quito Committee Chair: Israel Cuenca

Musicians from Quito visited Louisville in February!

Check out our Calendar page for more information.

Sister City Relationship

Quito became Louisville's second Sister City in 1962. Since its origins, the Louisville Quito committee is notably active in the areas of sharing medical knowledge, municipal cooperation, and humanitarian aid. In addition, the Quito committee is pursuing multicultural exchange opportunities
  • IUS has travels to Quito each summer as part of their teacher training program. In the past, Quito teachers interned for three weeks in Louisville sponsored by the US Embassy in Quito.
  • The Quitumbe Andean Ballet and Orchestra travelled to Louisville in 2006 & 2009 to perform at WorldFest and around the area.
  • In 2012 in honor of the Louisville-Quito 50th Anniversary, three artists traveled to Louisville to take part in the St. James Court Art Show. They also conducted workshops in several local schools and had a few speaking engagements with the public.
  • On 16 April 2016, Ecuador was violently shaken by a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake near the town of Muisne on the coast. Quito, was spared the worst of the tremors. In May and June, SCL partnered with WaterStep and Indiana University Southeast to aid in the relief effort. IUS students carried WaterStep’s life-saving water filtration units in their luggage and taught locals how to install, use and maintain the units.
  • In 2018, SCL is working with Kentucky Ecuador Partners and the Municipal Library of Quito on an exchange of technical knowledge for the stabilization and preservation of historic archives.

Existing Partnerships & Links

Kentucky Ecuador Partners


History & Culture

Nestled nearly two miles beneath Mount Pichincha in the Andes near the equator, Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is surrounded by forested mountains, several volcanos (Pichincha, Cayambe, Antisana), and notable peaks (Puntas, Atacazo, and Corazon).

While the Spanish settled Quito in 1534, the city is much older. Quito took its name from “Quitus,” one of the several tribes that inhabited the city in the pre-Colombian era. The city even once served as the capital of the northern half of the Incan Empire.

Today, Quito is made up of two parts, the Old City and the New City. The Old City remains the same as it did during the colonial era, while the New City gleams with modern buildings and bustling crowds. In 1978, the historic center of Quito was listed as one of UNESCO’s first World Cultural Heritage Sites. Quito is filled with hundreds shops, cafes, and restaurants. The city is home to many museums (art to history to medicine) and libraries, including one that was founded in 1586.

Quito is governed by the Mayor, Concejales and the Prefecto, as well as a 15-member city council. Quito’s primary industries are in exports of flowers, coffee, sugar, cacao, and bananas. However, the national oil company of Ecuador, EP Petroecuador, is also headquartered in Quito.

Fast Facts
  • Population: 2.7 million
  • Language: Spanish
  • Mayor: Mauricio Rodas Espinel

National Holidays
  • Carnival (in 2018 - February 12th)
  • Good Friday – Easter Sunday – Easter Monday
  • Fiestas de Guápulo (September 7th)
  • Birth day of Simón Bolívar (July 24th)
  • Independence Day (August 10th)
  • All Soul’s Day (November 2nd)
  • Foundation of Quito Day (December 6th)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

Highlights/Tourist Attractions

  • Historic Structures: Plaza de La Independencia, Carondelet Palace
  • Sightseeing: La Mitad del Mundo, El Panecillo
  • Religious Sites: Church of San Franciscio, Church of El Sagrario, Basílica del Voto Nacional
  • Parks & Gardens: La Alameda, Parque El Ejido
  • Museums: Museo Casa del Alabado, La Capilla del Hombre

Interested in visiting Quito? These are helpful links:

To learn more about how you can take part in and support this international partnership:
Please email us! Quito Sister Cities Committee - [email protected]