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Gastronomic and Cultural Walking Tour of Quito with Tastings

Gastronomic and Cultural Walking Tour of Quito with Tastings

First when you meet your guide, will give you some recommendations and your adventure will begin there, the points you will visit are: • Basilica of the National Vow (exterior), largest neo-Gothic church in Latin America, with its very striking gargoyles • “Camilo Egas” Art Museum, and learn about the indigenous people • Ñucanchi Shop, shopping time with Ecuadorian liquor tasting • Tasting of Canelazo, traditional Quito drink; with or without alcohol you decide • Archbishop's Palace, where we will taste the famous Mistelas, ice cream, and unique sweets. • Plaza Grande, Cathedral, Government Palace, where you will learn about the history of the city and the country • Visit the traditional García Moreno street or Seven Crosses, the most touristy street in the historic center • The Church of the Company of Jesus (outside) or also called the golden church • Former Central Bank of Ecuador (outside), we will talk about why we use dollars? • Place to eat Quito's famous empanadas • Plaza de San Francisco de Quito and its church, you will learn about its history as the origin of craft beer in South America • Tasting of Ecuadorian chocolate while we enjoy the panoramic view of the San Francisco de Quito church. Don't think twice and get to know the city of Quito in a unique and spectacular way... Chulla vida...!! (Yolo) 😄

Quito: Indigenous Culture + Old Town

Quito: Indigenous Culture + Old Town

1. Basilica of the National Vow Discover the Basilica church, its history and general characteristics, in addition to delving into its pre-Columbian history. 2. Craft store Learn about the crafts of one of the most representative stores in the capital and taste the city's typical ancestral snacks. 3. Visiting a Museum Discover the pre-Hispanic presence that inhabited Quito in pre-Hispanic times in a very special museum of pre-Columbian art. 4. Plaza Grande Walk through the central square of the city and observe daily life and the coexistence of the different cultures that pass through the streets. 5. Plaza de San Francisco Observe one of the largest architectural monuments in the city, the Plaza de San Francisco, learn about the syncretism of its architecture and the indigenous cultural features of the surroundings.

Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

Walk from Independence Plaza to the impressive Independence Monument, the city’s cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the seat of the government, Carondelet Palace.  Your guide will tell you the stories and legends behind the city’s most famous buildings and the roles these sites have played in Ecuador’s rich history. Then continue on to La Compañía de Jesús, a breathtaking Jesuit church with a volcanic stone façade and an interior covered in gold leaf. Explore the University of San Gregorio and then walk down ancient streets on your way to La Ronda, one of the most traditional Quito streets. Next up, visit a woodcarving workshop. Watch the artisans carving, gold plating, and setting in the old Quito style. Ask them questions and maybe even give it a go yourself. Then, learn how to make chocolate in the local old-fashioned way. Taste several varieties of some of the best chocolate in the world. Finally, stop at one of the most traditional ice cream shops of the old town. Try local flavors such as morocho corn and quinoa.

Quito: Private City Tour & Intiñam Museum Visit w/ Transfer

Quito: Private City Tour & Intiñam Museum Visit w/ Transfer

Your tour guide will pick you up at 8:30 a.m. from your hotel, due to the viewpoint of the volcano Pululahua, one of the two inhabited craters in the world. This volcanic complex consists of a main boiler, a central volcano with two craters and the remains of a third party, and several volcanic domes within the caldera located on the edge and outside of it. Then we head to the Intiñan Museum, geographically located at 0 degrees, 0 minutes and 0 seconds, that marks the division between northern and southern hemispheres as established by the French Geodesic Mission in the eighteenth century, you will see beautiful displays of different ethnic groups in Ecuador, plus the story of their lifestyles, explained by a specialist tour guide! This is an opportunity to be photographed with both of your feet on the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time! On the way back to Quito, you will see from the road the Equatorial Monument. In the afternoon you go to the colonial town of Quito, officially considered the first world cultural heritage site (UNESCO 1978). During your walk, you will pass through the Independence Square, scenery of many dramatic battles of revolution in the history of the Republic of Ecuador. And you will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Church of the Society of Jesus of Quito, summit of the Latin America Baroque style, the charming neighbourhood of La Ronda, and the Church and Convent of San Francisco, built in 1540. Finally you will enjoy a spectacular view of the city from "El Panecillo" hill. Then you will be back in your hotel approximately at 3:30 p.m. End of your first fantastic experience in Quito!

Quito: Cable Car Ride and Private City Tour

Quito: Cable Car Ride and Private City Tour

See Quito from above on this cable car and guided tour. Travel to Cruz Loma viewpoint, explore Quito with a guide, and learn about Quito's history. Meet your guide at your hotel and head to Pichincha volcano. Take the cable car to the top and admire the view from Cruz Loma. See an unforgettable view of Quito and the snow-capped volcanoes Cotopaxi, Antisana, and Cayambe. After returning to the base of the mountain, begin your guided tour of Quito, the first World Cultural Heritage Site created. Before your tour, enjoy some time to have a coffee or a small lunch with recommendations from your local guide. Head to Independence Square, the scene of many dramatic revolutionary battles throughout Ecuador's history. Walk past the Presidential Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, and Church of the Secret Society of Jesus of Quito. Stroll through the charming La Ronda neighborhood and marvel at the ancient Church and Convent of San Francisco. Hop into a car and drive to the top of El Panecillo and see the tallest aluminum statue in the world, the winged Virgin Mary of Quito.

From Quito: Cable Car, Intiñan Museum, & Colonial Town Tour

From Quito: Cable Car, Intiñan Museum, & Colonial Town Tour

Meet the tour guide at 9:00 am at “Plaza Foch”, Hotel Nu House, in order to start this gorgeous adventure in Quito. Take a ride on a cable car, located at the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano, in an area of 160 hectares. Travel 15 minutes per way, starting at 3,045 meters (9,990 ft) and ending up at 4,100 meters above sea level (12,500 ft). Reach the top and enjoy a beautiful view of the eastern valleys, old town, south and north of Quito. Head to the famous Intiñan Museum, geographically located at the division between the northern and southern hemispheres as established by the French Geodesic Mission in the eighteenth century. See beautiful displays of the many different ethnic groups in Ecuador, plus the story of their lifestyles, explained by a specialist tour guide. Travel back to Quito, and see the Equatorial Monument on the way, before moving on to the colonial town of Quito. Stroll through the colonial town, pass through Independence Square, and see the scenery of many dramatic battles of revolution in the history of the Republic of Ecuador. Visit the Cathedral of Quito, the Archbishop's palace, the Church of the Secret Society of Jesus of Quito, the summit of the Latin American Baroque style; the charming neighborhood of "La Ronda", and the Church and Convent of San Francisco, which was built in 1540. Finish the tour at approximately 4:30 pm, after enjoying one of the most complete sightseeing tour experiences in the capital city of Ecuador.

Quito City Tour

Quito City Tour

Quito City Tour. Duration: 3 hours. Height: 2800 m. Average temperature: +20C during the day, +10C at night. During the Quito City Tour, you will see fascinating panoramas, churches, domes and roofs that are historical relics, and learn about colonial art, architecture, culture, legends and traditions. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of the Inca city and is located at an altitude of 2800 m. Despite the earthquake of 1917, the city has the best preserved and least modified historical center in Latin America. The architecture and rich interiors are examples of the Art School of Quito, which is a mix of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and Indigenous arts. The artists of this school worked on stone and wood to give form to the most important religious events. After an hour and a half walking tour exploring the Old Town, you will understand why Quito was the first city in the world to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Quito takes its name from the Kitus tribe that inhabited the region long before the Spanish conquest. In 1533, Sebastian de Benalcazar took possession of the city, which was at first the capital of the Inca Empire, and in 1541 it was elevated to the title of a Spanish city. Its full name is San Francisco de Quito. The city was the capital of the state of Quito until the end of the Spanish colonial rule. The Franciscan order was the first of the orders to be established in Quito. The Franciscans immediately began building the monastery, which became a center of education and art, and has its own schools of painting and sculpture (the Church of San Francisco is visited during the tour). Around the main square, Plaza Grande, there are the main buildings of the country and the capital: the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall. We will visit the best example of colonial art in the city, the Jesuit temple, the facade of which is covered with intricate carvings. Quito is a metropolitan city and has many contrasts, you can appreciate this by visiting the old city and new areas. You will have a beautiful view of the whole city from the Panecillo Hill and observation deck with a statue of the Virgin Mary with wings, the patroness of the city. Transfer back to your hotel.

Old District Quito City: Private Walking Tour

Old District Quito City: Private Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza de San Blas located in the Old Town to begin your cultural tour into the city’s historical heart. Experience the sights, smells, and flavors of this sky-high capital as the day comes to life. Start this 4-hour adventure on the cobblestone streets of the city to visit: the Mercado Central, a vibrant and colorful market to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere; follow your guide past stalls bursting with exotic fruits and fresh vegetables and discover sizzling local dishes. You will also visit the Independence Plaza, home to the Independence Monument, Government Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Stop to absorb the colonial charm of the La Compañía de Jesús, a Jesuit church boasting an elaborate façade made entirely out of volcanic stone, and an interior rich in gold leaf. Next, adventure to the legendary San Francisco Catholic Church to explore convents and a monastery, then walk down through Rocafuerte Street, which in the Seventeen Century was known as “the long Street to the hill”. Explore La Ronda, one of the most picturesque cobblestone streets in Old District of Quito. Following your guide’s recommendations and try flavors that you’re not likely to find back home — like colaciones, empanadas etc... Enjoy a shot of "Canelazo" using your newly learned phrases to greet locals or stop in a chocolatería to taste and have a full explanation of the whole process of making chocolate. Your guide is happy to provide assistance in getting back to your hotel.

Quito: Old Town Walking Tour with Basilica Church Visit

Quito: Old Town Walking Tour with Basilica Church Visit

Discover the historical center of Quito on a guided walking tour. Visit the San Francisco Church, the Arzobispal Palace, and the La Basílica Church. Start your walking tour in Santo Domingo Square where you will visit the church and learn about the art inside. Walk around “La Ronda” street and see some art in it. Continue to Seven Croises Street and then arrive at San Francisco Square and Church. See the magnificent church and square before walking through Independence Square to see and appreciate the impressive buildings of what it is surrounded. Have a detailed walking tour in the Arzobispal Palace where you can see a variety of candies, food, and traditional ice cream. Finish the tour at La Basílica Church where you will have a wonderful view of the Historical Center. Buy some souvenirs or enjoy a delicious traditional drink.

Quito Auténtico y Milenario

Quito Auténtico y Milenario

Our meeting point will be in Garcia Moreno Park, where one of our guides will be waiting for you, this is diagonal to the public parking lot on Venezuela Street. You can recognize us by our Munay Travel Rollup. 1 Exterior visit Basilica of the National Vote You will get to know the most emblematic and neo-Gothic church in Quito, characterized by its architecture, its ornamental details, history and the mystery that its construction entails. 2 Free entrance Warmi Shop You will enjoy an unparalleled experience where you will be part of our culture, history and dance one of our traditional and ancestral dances from the Amazon region. 3 Street of seven crosses and Exterior of the church of Santa Barbara. 4 "Casa del Higo" - Heritage House. We will visit one of the first houses built in the old town currently considered a heritage house. 5 Aleli artisan bread Tasting of the best sourdough bread in Quito, handmade for decades. 6 Exterior visit Archbishop's Palacem - Quito Sweet shop. For sweet lovers, here we will enjoy the different varieties of traditional Quito sweets. You will also learn the history of this beautiful palace and its architecture. 7 Exterior visit Big square Historical review Legends Current events Better known as the Plaza de la Independencia or main square, where you will learn the history surrounding the independence of Ecuador. And its most relevant points that make it up. 8 Free entrance Church of El Sagrario Architecture Bulkhead Located on the street of the seven crosses. This beautiful chapel of religious origin has fascinating architecture and different representations of the Quito baroque. 9 Exterior visit Church of the Company of Jesus We will visit the La Compañia church, one of the most beautiful and perfect in Latin America, the pinnacle of Ecuadorian baroque. It is also called "Solomon's Temple of South America" and Considered the golden church 10 Central Bank of Ecuador - Quito Metro Appreciation of ancient Quito and modern Quito. Design and architecture. 11 San Francisco church and square. Here you will learn about the history and architecture of San Francisco. We will also learn curious facts such as the most popular legend in Quito and the creation of the first artisanal beer. 12 Ecuadorian chocolate tasting. We will taste the best chocolate in Ecuador where we will recharge our energy to continue with our tour. 13 Exterior visit Queen bow and old hospital of quito. We will visit two important points that separate social classes and access to resources in the city of Quito, which marks a historical milestone. 14 24 de Mayo Boulevard and Morales Street (LA RONDA). Curious and historical facts about La Ronda Street. Visit to the museum "Casa de las Artes 999 La Ronda" Finally We will live the experience of how to handle an old loom where different garments from the Andean region of our country are made in Peguche Handicrafst.

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4.6
(12 reviews)

Kevin was a super guide with us, he explained a lot of history to us about each place we visited and the foods they tried were very delicious. We did a traditional dance and the chocolate tour was great and very personalized. Very good communication from before starting the tour until days after the tour.

Kevin was very knowledgeable about his city. The tour hit all the main Quito spots and I learned alot. We were taken to a local sandwich shop owned by an old family of Quito that I wouldn’t have dared to go in. The food was delicious on the tour including empanadas, ice cream, sweets and chocolate.

Absolutely wonderful! We were so impressed with Malena! She was so knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions with a beautiful smile! Simply can't go wrong!

Jimena was amazing! Very friendly and personable, lots of knowledge, and adjusted our schedule slightly for weather. She even took us to try cuy (by request)

our guide, Kevsa, was friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. we enjoyed our discussions on many cultural topics.