On the foot of the Pinchincha Volcano, Quito maintains its colonial past which you can enjoy visiting on a horse ridden buggy. The grandeur of the church of La Compania with its altar bathed in gold leaf is a site not to be missed. While in Quito a day trip to Otavalo is like manna from heaven for those shopaholics. There you will find all kinds of knitted and woven goods. The very proud people of Otavalo will be happy to help you and make your shopping experience worth the trip.