Quito. Isolated in the Andes at 2,818 m. altitude. The city of Quito is spread along the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano. Bordered by the hills of Panecillo and Ichimbia.  Founded by the Spanish in 1534, on the ruins of an Inca city. Quito proudly possesses one of the most extensive and best-preserved historic centers of Spanish America.