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Quito MAPPING

A legendary yet contemporary city

America meridionale | Quito

This issue looks at another South American city: Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Located in the province of Pichincha in the western section of the Andes mountain chain above the Guayllabamba River basin, at 2,800 m above sea level, Quito is the world's second highest administrative capital after La Paz. Home to more than 2 million people, the metropolitan area stretches along the valley as can be clearly seen from the graphics traced on the GIS-based maps. Quito has grown, extending along the Guayllabamba River Valley for more than 50 km on a north-south axis, and 8 km in an east-west direction to fill the valley floor. In fact, the full length of the city is not captured by our standard (50x50 km) scale map. The population density map shows fairly equal north-south distribution. The city center - Quito’s famous historic town, officially dating back to the Spanish conquest...

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