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

1. 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: Guided City Tour with Tastings and Box Lunch

2. Quito: Guided City Tour with Tastings and Box Lunch

Discover the historic center of Quito on a guided walking tour. Visit the San Francisco Church, the Arco de la Reina, the Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutia, and more. Enjoy a snack and a traditional drink along the way. Meet your guide and set off on a walk through the historic center of Quito. Visit the San Francisco Church, the Arco de la Reina, the Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutia, the Church of the Society of Jesus, the Sucre Museum, the Central Plaza, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, and the streets of Gabriel García Moreno and Venezuela. Stop for a snack and a traditional drink at a local cafe. Try a humita or quimbolito and a mini toast with mistelas. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic center of Quito and learn about the city's history and culture.

Quito Tour, Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano Horseback Ride

3. Quito Tour, Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano Horseback Ride

You will begin your tour with a pick-up from your hotel. The tour will then continue from Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop next to San Juan Mirador from where you will have a beautiful view of the colonial center of Quito.  After walking through the colonial streets, you will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the cathedral and the Government Palace. You will also visit La Ronda Street, the Company Church, Santo Domingo Church, Sagrario Church and San Francisco Church, which was built during the 17th century.  After visiting the historical sights, you'll go to the Teleférico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of the beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and Quito, the capital. From a point at more than 13,000 feet (4000 meters), you will enjoy magnificent views, as well as a horseback riding tour which will last between 2 to 3-hours going up to almost 3 miles above sea level.

Old District Quito City: Private Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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: City Tour, Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano Hike

6. Quito: City Tour, Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano Hike

Departing from your Quito hotel, you'll embark on a journey that will let you discover some of Quito's top attractions. First, visit Panecillo Hill which allows for panoramic views of the city. Don't forget to bring your camera. The tour will then continue on to the Basilica Church, and to the San Juan Mirador from where you'll have a beautiful sight of Quito's colonial center.  Stroll through the colonial streets and get a glimpse at the old city's top attractions including Independence Plaza, the cathedral and the Government Palace. You'll also visit La Ronda Street, the Company Church, Santo Domingo Church, Sagrario Church and San Francisco Church. After visiting the historical site, head to Teleferico, Quito's famous cable car. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and of the city itself. From a point at more than 4,100 meters (13,500 feet), you'll enjoy magnificent views, as well as embarking on a leisurely hike on top of the mountains. If you are already acclimatized, you can go for a walk to Rucu Pichincha volcano. This hike will take you through the typical Paramo (highland) vegetation of the Andes up to the rocky summit of Rucu Pichincha, which is a volcano basically made up of series of andesitic lava and is crowned by a sequence of subglacial gaps that form the youngest peaks of this building. The Rucu Pichincha 4698 meters, a volcano without activity, is located in the vicinity of the Ecuadorian capital. It is advisable to climb it to acclimatize, if you intend to climb other mountains. The Rucu Pichincha is undoubtedly the mountain near Quito of greater importance. Its name is due to the fact that it was the first crater of the Pichincha massif and therefore the oldest peak. "Rucu" which in Quichua means "old," is an extinct volcano whose activity culminated in the Pleistocene. From this time, it was intensely eroded by the ancient glaciers that have polished its slopes and have only left pointed rocky peaks. From the 4698 meters (15450 feet) high summit, you will have great sights on a clear day, with Quito down in the valley below you and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes Cayambe, Antisana and Cotopaxi in the horizon. In the afternoon, you will return to Quito. 

Private Tour: City Tour+Mitad del Mundo & Quito´sTeleferico

7. Private Tour: City Tour+Mitad del Mundo & Quito´sTeleferico

Pick up from the hotel in Quito. The tour will then continue from the Basilica Church, where we will make a brief stop to visit it. After walking through the colonial streets, we will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. We will also visit the Company Church, The Sagrario´s Church, and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century, you will also have the chance to taste Ecuadorian chocolate. After visiting the historical sights, we will go to Teleferico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy our city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains, and the capital, Quito. From a point of more than 13,000 feet (4000 m), you will enjoy magnificent views of the city. After lunch, you will head to the Middle of the World monument, where you can stand right in the middle of the equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition, you will have a chance to participate in several experiments at the Intiñan Museum. You will also enjoy the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the Equatorial line. Return to Quito.

Quito City Bike Tour

8. Quito City Bike Tour

We will start the tour at the northern area of the city, stopping in places like Carolina Park, Botanical Garden, El Ejido Park, National Assembly, Alameda Park, San Marcos Church, and much more before we head to the old town. All these places are never seeing by a traditional city tour, so be ready to discover the secrets of the city from a completely different point of view. Once we arrive to the old town, we will visit the unmissable sites of it, like Basilica Church, Quito’s mains square, Sagrario Church, San Francisco Church and La Ronda Street. All the traditional places to complete your experience in Quito and make it unforgettable. Also, at one of the stops in the traditional neighborhood of San Juan, you will have the opportunity to learn how to make a delicious Corn Cake known as Quesadilla. Finally, we will return to the meet up point.

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William was a great guide for our two families, which included three generations traveling together. He worked to engage our tweens and teens during the tour and kept us well informed of how the tour would progress. He was super knowledgeable about the various parts of Quito and flexible with how much time we would spend at each location. It was a good introduction to Quito and we would certainly recommend this tour.