Day trip

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

4.6 / 5

51 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Ecuador

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Activity provider: Gray Line Ecuador

From US$ 40 per person

Visit the largest and best preserved historic center in South America. Experience Quito's culture and traditional trades. Then, during the Middle of the World experience, defy the laws of physics.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Quito on board a trolley that's a replica of a historic tram
  • Admire the churches and colonial monuments of the historic center
  • Take in views of colonial and modern Quito from the Mirador del Panecillo
  • Visit the Middle of the World Monument and village
  • Have experiences that defy the laws of physics
Full description
Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet. Entrance to the Middle of the World complex is included ,where you can enjoy experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. NOTE: On Sunday, this tour operates in an inverted way, first you visit the Middle of the World and then you have the city tour.
Includes
  • Roundtrip transportation from the meeting point
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the Middle of the World
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at Holiday Inn Express Hotel at 8:10 AM from Monday to Saturday, and at 8:30 AM on Sundays.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, you will first visit the Middle of the World and then do the city tour
  • Entrance to the Middle of the World is included in the ticket price
  • Food and drinks will not be provided. Please carry cash for meals
  • Tips are not included in the ticket price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 51 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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This tour includes the historic city of Quito and the middle of the world so take into account that the stops are quick. This was a great choice for me since I was spending only just a day in Quito but if you like taking a lot of pictures or just doing the tour in a slow pace I'd recommend (if it's possible) to make each tour separately. As I said, because of time, this tour was a great fit for me and also Andrés, the tour guide did a really good job.

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January 6, 2023

In general, the activity is excellent, the places we visit are essential, perhaps I would add entering the basilica of the vote, even accessing the Towers. The guide was fine but seemed more English than Spanish. I understand that in the group, that we were 6 wrong, 3 people were English-speaking, but if the official language of Ecuador is Spanish, it would at least require that the first comments be in that language and then be translated into English, when the reality was the other way around. The excursion is totally recommended to see part of Quito.

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September 21, 2022

The guide is very friendly and knowledgeable, the trolley is quaint but not very comfortable. The information given is mostly about the history of Quito and less about the actual art and architecture, which wasn’t so much what I was interested in. The places he tool us were wonderful, including gorgeous churches and charming old city streets, a delicious chocolate tasting, and the Middle of the Earth park with all its scientific activities and photo opportunities. But the drive there was a bit long for that uncomfortable trolley.

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May 30, 2022

Product ID: 220890