Quito's Centro Historico Description
The Centro Histrico is an extensive colonial center built over the ashes of what was the a major part of the Inca empire until the Inca general Rumiahui razed it to the ground rather than surrender to the Spanish conquistadors.
Centro Historico is an integral piece of Ecuadorian history. The first area named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1978, Quito's Centro Historico will transport you back and forth between centuries as you meander down its cobblestone streets and pedestrian walkways, passing by vendors selling everything from choclo (Andean corn) to DVDs. At the beginning of the 20th century, Quito fit within the boudaries of Old Town. Today, it is just a small slice of Quito, but undoubtedly the sector richest with history. Some of Ecuador's most famous battles and executions took place in the plazas that now peacefully bustle with tourists, beggars, protestors and locals out for a stroll.