Located in the Andes, Quito is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its colonial architecture, bustling markets, and breathtaking scenery. Nora Walsh, writing for The New York Times, suggests this premier travel destination for 2024, once travel safety is assured. With almost five centuries of history, visitors can delve into Quito’s cultural heritage through its newly established Metro line.

The brand-new 14-mile Metro line in Quito will connect the city from north to south, making it easier for travelers to explore—from the exquisitely preserved churches of the UNESCO-listed historic center to modern districts flaunting avant-garde towers designed by the likes of Bjarke Ingels and Moshe Safdie. Check out San Francisco Market in Old Town to see traditional curanderas (female healers) who offer cleanses (from stress relief to fertility support) using bouquets of flowers and herbs.

Caution: In January, Ecuador’s President declared a 60-day nationwide state of emergency with a varying curfew. A US travel advisory warns of civil unrest, crime, and kidnapping.

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