Guided tour

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

4.7 / 5

11 reviews

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

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.

About this activity

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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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Meet at Galeria Ecuador at 8:15 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
  • Food and drinks will not be provided. Please carry cash for meals
  • Gratuities/tips are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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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!

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October 25, 2021

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.

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October 17, 2021

I had a mishap with getting an Uber and was not able to meet the group that morning. They really bent over backwards to make special arrangements to meet me when I was finally able to get there hours later. My host, Daniel, was very friendly and informative. He told us a lot of local legends that I would never had heard on my own. I have seen several bad reviews but I’m a solo female traveler and a first time international traveler and I am so glad I did this tour!! I have nothing but good things to say.

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October 16, 2021

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