Quito is the capital of Ecuador, the country's most populous city and the second highest official capital city in the world, and the closest to the equator. It is located in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains. A capital city high in the Andes, Quito is dramatically situated, squeezed between mountain peaks whose greenery is often concealed by the afternoon mist.
Quito is rated Beta − by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Beta level cities are cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy.
Quito is rated D+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. D+ cities are strong regional hub cities. Quito was ranked #149 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Quito has a population of over 2,502,557 people. Quito also forms part of the wider Quito metropolitan area which has a population of over 4,700,000 people.