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Quito: 2.5-Hour City Bus Tour

1. Quito: 2.5-Hour City Bus Tour

Embark on a fun and relaxing tour experience as you explore Quito on a double-decker bus. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations and enjoy informative commentary from an audio guide along the way. The itinerary includes the highlights of Quito, including its historic city center, the largest in South America. Stop at Panecillo Hill, and enjoy panoramic views from the most important lookout in Quito. Enjoy a memorable ride through the city and take great photos from the top of the bus.

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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

2. Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

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.

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Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

3. Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

Begin your 3-hour tour in the northern part of Quito and head up to the middle of the city. This is where you will find the monument that stands on the line that divides the northern and the southern hemispheres. The Equatorial Monument was built during the 17th century when the precise dividing line between the hemispheres was defined by a French expeditionary team.

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Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

4. Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

Explore Quito, the oldest capital in South America, from all of its angles. Get to know the main historical plazas, buildings, churches and parks. Admire downtown's colonial architecture with its mix of 19th century and modern style buildings. Get away from the main sites and explore lesser-known gems, like the main flea market in town, where you'll understand another side of every day local life. Explore a top food market, while eating traditional Ecuadorian cuisine favoured by the locals. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

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Quito Discovery Walking Tour

5. Quito Discovery 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.

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Quito: Historic Day and Night Tour

6. Quito: Historic Day and Night Tour

During the course of this tour, you'll get to know the people and places of Quito, as your guide explains to you the cultural heritage of the city. You'll travel in a historic tram, similar to those that could be found in Quito in the 20th century. Firstly, you'll visit the historic centre of Quito, one of the largest and best-preserved sites in South America. Then, make your way to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, making a brief stop during which you'll be able to climb it's high domes. Following this, you'll head to the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city where a statue of the Winged Virgin is located. Take some time to admire the beautiful landscape of Quito. Then, you'll continue to the Plaza de San Francisco, a place full of history. The historical and political centre of the city is to be found at the Plaza Grande, which is surrounded by innumerable attractions including the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church. This part of the tour will finish in the traditional La Ronda neighbourhood, in whose romantic setting you can find workshops and learn from local artisans. Find out how their works are created and gain an insight into the trades of yesteryear, which keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city.  Urban Legends of Quito at night: The nighttime tour will begin in the northern part of the city. You'll get to visit the more commercial areas, where you can find most of Quito's hotels and nightlife. Then, you'll head to the historic centre to admire the churches and historic buildings illuminated at night. The tour will continue to Mirador del Panecillo, where you can take in stunning views of Quito. At the end of the tour, you may wish to go to one of the local nightlife spots or to one of the recommended restaurants or simply return to your hotel.

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From Quito: 3-Day Mitad del Mundo, Teleferico & Mindo

7. From Quito: 3-Day Mitad del Mundo, Teleferico & Mindo

Day 1: Enjoy a reception at Quito Airport and then check-in at your hotel. You will start the tour early and head to the historical center of the first city to named as a UNESCO Prime Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Follow the Avenue Gran Colombia through to the Church of the Basilica of the National Vow to Independence Square through to the colonial streets on this cathedral walking tour. You will also see the Government Palace and Archbishop, the Church of the Society of Jesus and the Church of San Francisco built in the 16th Century. Later, arrive at the Mirador del Panecillo, where you'll find a sculpture of the Virgin Mary and can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Continue north on one of the expressways that will lead you directly to the Intiñan Museum, where you will experience and feel like you are in the middle of the world. Then head toward Mitad del Mundo, a representation of the cities with colonial era architecture and also see the monument that divides the northern hemisphere southern hemisphere, where you can take pictures with one foot in each hemisphere. It was built in the 18th Century, when the French scientific expedition defined the exact position of the Equator line that divides the world. Accommodation in Quito. Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel from 07:00 - 08:00. Leaving from Quito, appreciate the impressive change of vegetation and climate as you travel to Mindo Cloud Forest. Walk through the private protected forest with crystal clear rivers and observe more than 400 exotic species of birds, butterflies and orchids. Time for lunch (included) and return to Quito. Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Start the tour at 10:00 from the hotel lobby and go towards the cable car city located on Western Avenue for a unique viewing point of the city and if the weather permits, you will to be able to observe the Avenue of the Volcanoes (Andes). Check out of your hotel and then transfer to the airport.

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Quito: Family Walking Tour

8. Quito: Family Walking Tour

Experience a rewarding adventure with your family on this exclusive walking tour. Listen to a local professional guide explain the many famous cultural and architectural sites of Quito. Stroll through the city center with your family on this two-hour tour at an easy pace. Have fun learning about Quito’s fascinating history and hearing stories that both the adults and kids are sure to enjoy.

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Quito City Tour & Capilla del Hombre Art Museum

9. Quito City Tour & Capilla del Hombre Art Museum

This full-day tour includes a visit to The Panecillo Hill for a panoramic view of the city. The tour will then continue from the Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop and next, onto the “San Juan Mirador” from where you will have a beautiful view of The Colonial Centre of Quito.   After walking through the colonial streets, stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. Furthermore, visit La Ronda Street, The Company Church, Santo Domingo´s Church, The Sagrario´s Church and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Capilla Del Hombre Museum which was built by local artist Guayasamin as a tribute to humankind and the art-work on display depicting the historic suffering and struggle of Latin America’s poor indigenous population.

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What people are saying about Pichincha

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

El tour estaba bien organizado y empezó punctual at the pick-up point. El guia Daniel Ayala se demonstró desde el principle muy amable y empatico with todo el grupo; tenia mucho conocimiento y nos explicó muchisimas cosas sobre el centro historico. Not only dandonos informaciones de la historia de la ciudad, until también counting leyendas divertidas. Nos hizo probar también unas especialidades locales y siempre estaba attentive to the exigencias de cada a person. Recommend this tour por supuesto: ojalá van a tener Daniel as a guide!

Excellent tour. Very well organized. The time is exact to be able to appreciate the wonders of the historic center of Quito and spend quality time in the middle of the world. The guide was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about his area. At all times he made me feel comfortable and shared his experiences as a resident of the city of Quito, culinary advice and places to visit. A one hundred percent recommended experience.

Tour was great. Sat on the top of the bus. The travel through Quito downtown narrow roads is simply amazing. It rained for a while. But we enjoyed the whole tour.

it is a very nice experience , transportation is cool and comfortable, the guide Daniel is very passionate and I learned a lot !

excellent tour. exactly what I expected. guide was excellent too. I'd recommend to anyone.