Quito lies at the foot of a volcano in the high Andes, so don't expect flat prairies.

It's very long, at around 50 km and very narrow, at only about 5 km at its widest. It continues to expand northwards and southwards, as well as filling the neighbouring valleys to the east, Cumbaya, Tumbaco and San Rafael.

The city is divided roughly into three parts (for the sake of visitor-simplicity): the modern North; the Historic Centre or Old Town; the working class South. Most visitors stay either in the North or in the Old Town.

 You can find practical information about getting around Quito, either by public transport or by taxi, on the city's official tourism site. This site also has a navigable map of tourist attractions which will help visitors get a feel for its geography.