Inspired by the famous light show in Lyon, France, the city of Quito, Ecuador hosts a similar marvel in the fall of each year that visitors from across the globe come to witness from August 9-13. The Fiesta de la Luz or The Festival of Lights is a really cool Ecuador travel incentive!

Thousands of locals and travel lovers gather in the capital city’s center as 3-D light technology projects ornate images onto buildings and churches for the crowds to see. It involves 3-D imagery that has been mapped to create augmented, digitally-rendered visuals that are projected onto the ornate colonial-era churches, convents, and museums across the city.

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Photo: Lara Henriquez

For five days, the historical buildings of Quito are brought to life with images of indigenous figures cast onto the baroque walls of churches and intricate designs wrapping themselves around Renaissance-era columns and archways of the historical centre. Showcased landmarks across the city include the Plaza Hermano Miguel, Plaza del Teatro, Plaza Santo Domingo, Capilla Museo de la Ciudad, Iglesia de la Compañía, Plaza de la Merced, Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

quito festival of lights

Photo: Lara Henriquez

The process of creating these incredible video projections is time-consuming and takes a lot of dedication from the artists working to make the buildings come to life. The city itself is rich with history that dates back to the 1500s. It was actually named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its strong connection to the human history and culture. While Quito has grown very much through the years, it has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America.

quito festival of lights

Photo: Lara Henriquez

If you do decide to visit the city for the Festival of Lights, the churches are also amazing to see during the daytime as well. The intricate details in the architecture and design of the churches coupled with the tranquil elements of the gardens in some of their courtyards create a truly unforgettable experience. The capital makes for an excellent start for your Ecuador travel.

quito festival of lights

Photo: Lara Henriquez

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