Departure: Every day (private tour)
Located in the Andean mountains, Quito is the world´s highest capital city with an altitude of ±2850 meters. Its well-preserved historical center was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and it´s considered the cultural capital of South America. In addition the city has a unique geographical location. At Mitad del Mundo (“Middle of the World”) you can stand with both feet on different hemispheres at the same time! In this day tour you will visit all the highlights of the old town as well as the equatrorial line and learn about this important site to many ancient cultures.
After lunch you will visit Basilica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas. The building is noted for its grotesques in the form of native Ecuadorian animals such as armadillos, iguana, and Galapagos tortoises. After observing the church from inside the tour continues with a visit of the Plaza de Independencia (or “Plaza Grande”), the main square of Quito’s old town and one of the symbols of the executive power of the nation. Its main feature is the monument that remembers the start of the independance from Spanish monarchy in 1809. The square is flanked by the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Municipality of Quito. Next you will visit the impressive La Compañia church with its golden interior. Dripping with extravagance, the church is adorned head to toe in gold leaf decorations. After visiting Plaza de San Francisco and observing its church of the same name from outside, you will make a last stop at La Ronda street. Here you can get a glimpse into the culture and Spanish-era heritage of Quito. This lively cobbletone street is the place to explore historic buildings, sample traditional food and watch artisans at work. Your guide will invite you to try an artisanal ice cream with typical Ecuadorian flavours. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel.
In special occacions such as national holidays the Basilica del Voto Nacional and La Compañia churches can be closed for public. In this case they will only be observed from outside.
- Entrance equator museum
- Entrance Basilica del Voto Nacional
- Entrance La Campañia church
- Ice cream
- Bilingual guide
- Personal expenses
- Sunscreen & sunglasses
- Rainproof jacket
- Layered clothing
- Water & snacks
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