Daily tours in Quito

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Quito city tour
Duration: 4 hours
Private tour
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Quito city tour, getting to know its traditions
Duration: 4 hours
Private tour
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Quito from above
Duration: 6-7 hours
Private tour
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Legends of Quito – Quito's treasures
Duration: 1 hour
Shared tour
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Legends of Quito – In love with Quito
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Shared tour - Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h00
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Colonial Quito on bike
Duration: 2 - 4 hours - Intensity: Low - Ground: Pavement 
- Distance: 8 to 12 kms
Private tour
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Quito city tour with show dinner
Duration: 4 hours
Private tour
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Quito by night
Duration: 3 hours
Private tour
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Quito city tour, a cultural and historic experience
Duration: full day
Private tour
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Middle of the World
Duration: 4 hours
Private tour
Tours in Quito

Quito city tour

Duration: 4 hours
Private tour

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.

The day ends with a trip to the Panecillo, a small hill in the middle of the city from where you will have a panoramic view over the old town merging directly into the cosmopolitan center of Quito. Its central attraction is a giant metal sculpture with the image of the virgin of Quito.

Ride back to the hotel.

  • Includes
    Bilingual guide - Transport from and to your hotel - Entrance fees: Church of La Compañía / Museum of San Francisco / Panecillo

Before you leave the old town, you will visit one of the most traditional streets in Quito, La Ronda. Even today you can admire the work of many craftsmen and will visit the famous workshop Zabalartes, where the “trompos”, a typical small Ecuadorian toy, are made by hand. You will also have the chance to try and dominate the art of making this toy spin and dance on the floor, like only a few experts still can do.

At the end of today´s adventure, you will go up the Panecillo, a viewpoint at 3000 meters, which is home to a metal sculpture with the image of the Virgin of Quito and from where you will have the perfect panoramic view over the city.

Ride back to the hotel.

  • Includes
    Bilingual guide/driver (1-3 passengers) Bilingual guide (4 passengers or more) Transport from and to your hotel Entrance fees: Church of La Compañia

Quito city tour, getting to know its traditions

Duration: 4 hours
Private tour

Quito was declared cultural heritage of humanity in 1978. It is a city full of contrasts where the old town merges with a modern metropolis, surrounded by beautiful mountains and valleys at an altitude of 2850 meters. Every corner of Quito hides its unique traditions, which will mesmerize you completely. The tour will start at a viewpoint in the neighborhood Guapulo, that allows you to have a panoramic view over some of the surrounding valleys and from which the Spanish started their trip to the depths of the Amazon. It is also a neighborhood of many colorful cafes and restaurants to spend your evenings.

After this first stop you will continue to the old town and will be directly greeted by the impressive facade of the church La Basilica, an architectonic masterpiece in neogothic style by Emilio Tarlier that is shaped like gothic cross and whose European influence is recognized especially in the resemblance to the Cathedral from Burgos in Spain and Nnotre Dame in France.

Once you get to the heart of the historic center, you will visit the Galeria Ecuador Gourmet, located directly at the most important square in Quito, the Plaza Grande or Great Square. Here you will experience all the aromas and tastes that Quito has to offer through its coffee, its herbs and its famous chocolate that will transport you to a whole new experience in flavors and traditions. To complete this gastronomic adventure, you will be able to make your own truffles with some of the finest cocoa in the world.

You will then continue your day only a few blocks away, visiting the church of La Compañia, which shines in a baroque style and will impress you even more once you walk inside and see its whole interior covered in gold leaf and harboring some of the best artwork of its time. You will carry on to the next stop, the square of San Francisco, which was built on top of the Tianguiz, also known as aboriginal market, and where in past days the Incas would build many structures in its time that have been found underground. Now it is the home to the church of San Francisco.

Quito from above

Duration: 6-7 hours
Private tour

The tour starts with a visit to the TeleferQ, a cable car that will take you from 2950 meters to 4153 meters in only 20 minutes. From here the view is spectacular, with the City on your feet and the famous avenue of the volcanoes in the background to this unique scenario. You can take a small walk around the place, relax and have a nice coca leaf tea

From there you will continue to the old town where you´ll firstly visit the church La Basilica, an impressive construction in neogothic style in which the European architecture merges with an Ecuadorian touch in its facade, with beautiful gargoyles in the shape of animals from this region.

From here the tour will take you through the narrow streets of the old town, surrounded by small houses and their cute little balconies taking you back to colonial times. You will get to the Plaza Grande, the most important square in Quito, which decorates the outside of the presidential palace Carondelet. The city´s cathedral, the archbishop´s palace and the town hall are some of the other buildings surrounding this beautiful green square. It is only a few minutes away to reach the church La Compañia, which will astonish you with its unique interior completely covered in gold leaf and decorated with artwork on every wall.

You will then visit the square of San Francisco, which was built on top of the Tianguiz, also known as aboriginal market, and where in past days the Incas would build many structures in its time that have been found underground. Now it is the home to the church of San Francisco. The museum of San Francisco is the perfect place to learn about Ecuador´s art and culture and shows an exhibition of the Quito School with work from the 17th 18th and 19th century.

The tour ends at the street La Ronda, a street full of traditions and culture and known for its workshops like Chez Tiff, a chocolaterie where you can learn about the production of chocolate. This place is also the perfect spot to see some of our very traditional craftsmen at work.

Ride back to the hotel.

  • Includes
    Bilingual guide/driver (1-3 passengers) - Bilingual guide (4 passengers or more) - Transport from and to your hotel - Entrance fees: TeleferiQ / Church of La Compañía / Museum of San Francisco
  • Includes
    Bilingual guide (private) - Transport from and to your hotel (private) - Legendary Character in Spanish (guide will translate into your language) - Entrance to one heritage site as scheduled

Legends of Quito – Quito´s treasures

Duration: 1 hour
Shared tour
Saturdays and Sundays at 19h00 and 20h00

Every Saturday and Sunday you have the chance to live a unique experience discovering the secrets and treasures of Quito guided by one of the legendary characters of our city, who will tell you unique stories on a theatrical tour.

In each visit you will enter a heritage site of Quito, such as churches, convents, museums, neighborhoods and learn in depth about the magic that surrounds each one of them and its historic characters like Cantuña, el Danzante, el Diable, la Panadera, la Yuyera and many more.

The heritage sites that can be visited each week are:

  • Church La Compañía de Jesús
  • Cathedral Primada de Quito
  • Convent of San Agustín (Museum Miguel de Santiago)
  • Convent of San Francisco (Museum Fray Pedro Gocial)
  • Monastry of Santa Catalina de Siena
  • Monastry of  Carmen Alto
  • Convent Máximo de La Merced
  • Museum María Augusta Urrutia

Legends of Quito – In love with Quito

Duration: 2 ½ hours
Shared tour
Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h00

Every day you have the chance to discover unique stories of Quito joined by a legendary character of our city, such as Cantuña, el Danzante, el Diablo, la Panadera, la Yuyera and many more. With them you will visit heritage sites of the old town and places that are usually not open to the public, which makes this tour one of its kind.

Enjoy a tour full of history, culture and discover the many secrets hidden in every corner of this beautiful historic side of our capital city.

Sitios de visita:

Puedes elegir dos de las opciones descritas a continuación:

  • Recoleta de San Diego (Museo del Padre Almeida)
  • Recoleta del Buen Pastor
  • Recoleta de las Madres Agustinas
  • Museo de arte pre-colombino Casa del Alabado
  • Museo de Arte Colonial
  • Museo de la Ciudad
  • Museo de Medicina
  • Centro Cultural Metropolitano (Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño)
  • Church La Compañía de Jesús
  • Cathedral Primada de Quito
  • Convent of San Agustín (Museum Miguel de Santiago)
  • Convent of San Francisco (Museum Fray Pedro Gocial)
  • Monastry of Santa Catalina de Siena
  • Monastry of  Carmen Alto
  • Convent Máximo de La Merced
  • Museum María Augusta Urrutia
  • Recoleta of San Diego (Museo del Padre Almeida)
  • Recoleta of the Buen Pastor
  • Recoleta of the Augustin Nuns
  • Museum of pre-colombine art and Casa del Alabado
  • Museum of Colonial Art
  • Museum of the City
  • Museum of Medicine
  • Metropolitan Cultural Center (Museum Alberto Mena Caamaño)

Or one of these options:

  • Bells of the Convent of San Agustín
  • Catacombs of the Convent of San Agustín
  • Dome of the Catedral Primada de Quito
  • Catacombs of the Catedral Primada de Quito
  • Dome of the Church La Compañía de Jesús
  • Catacombs of the Church La Compañía
  • Includes
    Bilingual guide (private) - Transport from and to your hotel (private) - Legendary Character in Spanish (guide will translate into your language) - Entrance to two heritage site of the historic center or a restricted area, such as domes, catacombs or bell towers

Colonial Quito on bike

Duration: 2 – 4 hours
Private tour
Intensity: Low                  
Ground: Pavement
Distance: 8 to 12 kms

Quito, which was declared cultural heritage of humanity in 1978, is a city full of colors and beautiful landscapes that will soften the heart of any visitor and tourist. With this perspective, what better way to experience this unique city, than tour it by bike while passing its lovely small streets and absorb everything that it has to offer.

The tour starts in the neighborhood La Mariscal, from where you will head to the old town. Once you get there, you will have a panoramic view of the Independence Square, also known as Great Square, which is surrounded by the presidential palace Carondelet, the metropolitan cathedral, the archbishop´s palace and the town hall of Quito.     

From here you will continue through the narrow streets of the historic center and see its main churches, as well as the famous street La Ronda, where you can still admire craftsmen at work, elaborating some of the most traditional handicrafts of Ecuador in front of your eyes. This is the perfect place to take a quick snack before returning to the starting point of the tour.

  • Includes
    Equipment delivery to the hotel or starting point - Blingual Guide - Full equipment (bike, helmet, gloves) - Mechanical assistance - Unlimited hydration during the tour - Equipment reception at starting point - Snack
  • Does not Include
    Insurances

Quito City Tour with show dinner

Duration: 4 hours
Private tour

You will really enjoy seeing a completely new side of our beautiful capital, visiting its main attractions by night and letting yourself get captivated by the unique lighting that has been staged for this precious old town to show its beauty to every visitor. The tour starts with the imposing church La Basilica showing its architecture down to every detail, from its domes in neogothic style to the singular gargoyles in shape of Ecuadorian animals. The next stop is the Great Square, surrounded by the presidential palace Carondelet, the metropolitan cathedral, the archbishop´s palace and the town hall, inviting you to take a small romantic walk to admire these buildings.

Passing the impressive church La Compañía that shows rare ornaments on its exterior, you will then visit the square of San Francisco, which was built on top of the Tianguiz, also known as aboriginal market, and where in past days the Incas would build many structures in its time that have been found underground. Now it is the home to the church of San Francisco

After this extraordinary experience, you will close the night at a restaurant that presents its guests a mix of an Ecuadorian dancing show and some of the most exclusive local dishes for you to taste. Its recipes are known to be over 200 years old and its privileged location fills the night with the perfect atmosphere to enjoy. The traditional neighborhood San Marcos exhibits the old traditions of the culture of Quito.

Ride back to the hotel.

  • Includes
    Bilingual guide/driver (1-3 passengers) - Bilingual guide (4 passengers or more) - Dinner at the Restaurant Los Milagros - Show - Transport from and to your hotel
  • Includes
    Bilingual guide/driver (1-3 passengers) Bilingual guide (4 passengers or more) Transport from and to your hotel

Quito by night

Duration: 3 hours
Private tour

You will really enjoy seeing a whole new side of our beautiful capital, visiting its main attractions by night and letting yourself get captivated by the unique lighting that has been staged for this precious old town to show its beauty to every visitor. The tour starts with the imposing church La Basilica showing its architecture down to every detail, from its domes in neogothic style to the singular gargoyles in shape of Ecuadorian animals. The next stop is the Great Square, surrounded by the presidential palace Carondelet, the metropolitan cathedral, the archbishop´s palace and the town hall, inviting you to take a small romantic walk to admire these buildings.

Passing the impressive church La Compañía that shows rare ornaments on its exterior, you will then visit the square of San Francisco, which was built on top of the Tianguiz, also known as aboriginal market, and where in past days the Incas would build many structures in its time that have been found underground. Now it is the home to the church of San Francisco

Finally, the tour will conclude with the perfect view over the city, on the top of the Panecillo, a hill in the middle of Quito which offers a panoramic view and shows all the city´s splendor at night. It is also the home to the sculpture of the Virgin of Quito.

Ride back to the hotel.

Quito City tour, a cultural and historic experience

Duration: full day
Private tour

Your trip starts at your hotel to the neighborhood of Guapulo, from where you will have a perfect view over some of the valleys surrounding Quito, as well as the church of Guapulo, which was built in the 17th century and served as the starting point to the Amazon expedition during the Spanish conquest.

From there you will continue to the old town of the city, where the church of La Basilica will greet you from high over the roofs of the small old houses that decorate the narrow streets which take you deep into the heart of the historic center.

This church is an impressive construction in neogothic style that combines a European facade with very traditional Ecuadorian elements, such as gargoyles in the shapes of local animals.

From here, you will get to the Plaza Grande, the Great Square, the probably most important square of Quito, due to the buildings that surround it, the presidential palace Carondelet, the city´s cathedral, the archbishop´s palace and the town hall. Only two blocks away, the church of La Compañía awaits you with its majestic interiors completely covered in gold leaf and decorated with unique artwork on its walls.

Your next stop will be the square of San Francisco, which was built on top of the Tianguiz, also known as aboriginal market, and where in past days the Incas would build many structures in its time that have been found underground. Now it is the home to the church of San Francisco. The museum of San Francisco is the perfect place to learn about Ecuador´s art and culture and shows an exhibition of the Quito School with work from the 17th 18th and 19th century. From here you´ll go to the famous street La Ronda, a place where even today the artisans show their work to the public in their workshops and ateliers. Last, but not least, your visit in the old town will end with a stop at the Panecillo, a small hill in the center of Quito, home to a metal sculpture of the Virgin of Quito and the perfect viewpoint to have a panoramic view over the entire city.

In the afternoon, you will head to the equatorial line, where you can visit the city of the middle of the world. With its colossal monument in the center of this complex, it sticks out in a desert area only 40 minutes away from Quito. Inside the monument, you can walk through the ethnographic museum, which shows the different facets of Ecuador´s cultures and indigenous peoples. From here, it is only a 5 minute drive to the museum Intiñan, which is an experimental museum that shows through several experiments results that can only be shown on the equatorial line.

Ride back to the hotel.

  • Includes
    Bilingual guide/driver (1-3 passengers) - Bilingual guide (4 passengers or more) - Transport from and to your hotel - Entrance fees: Church of La Compañía / Museum of San Francisco / Panecillo / City of the middle of the world / ethnographic museum / Museo Intiñán
  • Includes
    Bilingual guide/driver (1-3 passengers) - Bilingual guide (4 passengers or more) - Transport from and to your hotel - Entrance fees: City middle of the world / ethnographic museum /museum Intiñan

Middle of the World

Duration: 4 hours
Private tour

This tour will take you to the famous monument of the middle of the world, which is located only 40 minutes away from the city center.

In this place you will be able to learn more about Ecuador and its culture and people in the ethnographic museum inside the monument itself. It is also the iconic place to take a picture with each foot on one hemisphere. After this stop, you will visit the museum Intiñan, in which several different experiments will demonstrate that you are actually standing on the real middle of the world, due to phenomena that can only be seen on this latitude.

Ride back to the hotel.

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