Duration: 4 hours
Your tour starts the viewpoint of Guapulo, where you will learn about the history of the Road of Orellana, that was used to find the lost city of El Dorado and lead to the discovery of the Amazonas river. From here you can also see the top of the church of Guapulo, built in the 17th century, and some of the nearby valleys that surround the capital city.
The day continues with a visit to the old town of Quito, where the church La Basilica shows its glamorous exterior in neogothic style looking over the old town. Its unique gargoyles in forms of several animals from Ecuador watch over the church and give it an intriguing appearance.
From here we will submerge into this neighborhood, driving over narrow streets surrounded by antique houses and their pretty little balconies until we arrive at the Plaza Grande, the Great Square, the most important square of the city even today and from which you can see the presidential palace Carondelet, the city´s cathedral, the archbishop’s palace and the town hall. Only a few meters away we will visit the famous church of La Compañia, an impressive example of baroque influence, covered completely in gold leaf and decorated with magnificent artwork from many centuries ago.
With this impressive picture in mind, we will continue our way to the square of San Francisco, which has been built on the Tianguiz, an aboriginal market which used to be surrounded by many Inca structures and on which today you can see the church of San Francisco and its museum. Inside of the museum we will admire art and sculptures going back to the 17th, 18th and 19th century, from the so-called Escuela Quiteña or Quito School.
A couple of blocks away we will reach La Ronda, a small pedestrian street, where you can see old handicrafts being produced right in front of you. We will visit several ateliers and workshops, which will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the traditions and culture of our beautiful capital city.