Quito City Tour & Mitad del Mundo

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Departure: Every day (private tour)

Located in the Andean mountains, Quito is the world´s highest capital city with an altitude of ±2850 meters (9,350 ft). 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 equatorial line and learn about this important site to many ancient cultures.

Active
35%
Culture
95%
Nature
30%
Relax
25%
Itinerary

The visit of the old town starts at the 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 independence 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 cobblestone 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.

After lunch you will head towards the equator line that is located 26 km north from Quito’s city center. When you arrive at the City of the Middle of the World, the impressive equator monument will immediately catch your eye. However, recent studies brought to light that the monument is not build on the exact equatorial line. So instead of the Middle of the World complex, you will visit the outdoor equator museum that is located on the real equator, about 240 meters away. In the museum you will learn about ancient cultures and their knowledge about their location in the world and sense of time. You will also undergo some fun experiments that explain the scientific effects of being on the equator. If you bring your passport, you can let it stamped with an equator stamp inside the museum. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel.

In special occasions 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.

Included and excluded
Included:

  • Lunch
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee Intiñan Equator Museum
  • Entrance fee Basilica del Voto Nacional
  • Entrance fee La Campañia church
  • Ice cream
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What to bring?
For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport (only if you want to receive a stamp)
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or lightweight scarf
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Layered clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water and snacks
Price
Private tour

Passengers Price per person Total price
1 $150,00 $150,00
2 $95,00 $190,00
3 $80,00 $240,00
4 $80,00 $320,00
5 $80,00 $400,00
6 $75,00 $450,00

Contact us for special group prices (more than 6 passengers).

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