Independence Square, Quito

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Quito Discovery Walking Tour

1. Quito Discovery Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza de San Blas located in the Old Town to begin your cultural tour into the city’s historical heart. Experience the sights, smells, and flavors of this sky-high capital as the day comes to life. Start this 4-hour adventure on the cobblestone streets of the city to visit: the Mercado Central, a vibrant and colorful market to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere; follow your guide past stalls bursting with exotic fruits and fresh vegetables and discover sizzling local dishes. You will also visit the Independence Plaza, home to the Independence Monument, Government Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Stop to absorb the colonial charm of the La Compañía de Jesús, a Jesuit church boasting an elaborate façade made entirely out of volcanic stone, and an interior rich in gold leaf. Next, adventure to the legendary San Francisco Catholic Church to explore convents and a monastery, then walk down through Rocafuerte Street, which in the Seventeen Century was known as “the long Street to the hill”. Explore La Ronda, one of the most picturesque cobblestone streets in Old District of Quito. Following your guide’s recommendations and try flavors that you’re not likely to find back home — like colaciones, empanadas etc... Enjoy a shot of "Canelazo" using your newly learned phrases to greet locals or stop in a chocolatería to taste and have a full explanation of the whole process of making chocolate. Your guide is happy to provide assistance in getting back to your hotel.

From Quito: Cable Car, Intiñan Museum, & Colonial Town Tour

2. From Quito: Cable Car, Intiñan Museum, & Colonial Town Tour

Meet the tour guide at 9:00 am at “Plaza Foch”, Hotel Nu House, in order to start this gorgeous adventure in Quito. Take a ride on a cable car, located at the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano, in an area of 160 hectares. Travel 15 minutes per way, starting at 3,045 meters (9,990 ft) and ending up at 4,100 meters above sea level (12,500 ft). Reach the top and enjoy a beautiful view of the eastern valleys, old town, south and north of Quito. Head to the famous Intiñan Museum, geographically located at the division between the northern and southern hemispheres as established by the French Geodesic Mission in the eighteenth century. See beautiful displays of the many different ethnic groups in Ecuador, plus the story of their lifestyles, explained by a specialist tour guide. Travel back to Quito, and see the Equatorial Monument on the way, before moving on to the colonial town of Quito. Stroll through the colonial town, pass through Independence Square, and see the scenery of many dramatic battles of revolution in the history of the Republic of Ecuador. Visit the Cathedral of Quito, the Archbishop's palace, the Church of the Secret Society of Jesus of Quito, the summit of the Latin American Baroque style; the charming neighborhood of "La Ronda", and the Church and Convent of San Francisco, which was built in 1540. Finish the tour at approximately 4:30 pm, after enjoying one of the most complete sightseeing tour experiences in the capital city of Ecuador.

Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

3. Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

Walk from Independence Plaza to the impressive Independence Monument, the city’s cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the seat of the government, Carondelet Palace.  Your guide will tell you the stories and legends behind the city’s most famous buildings and the roles these sites have played in Ecuador’s rich history. Then continue on to La Compañía de Jesús, a breathtaking Jesuit church with a volcanic stone façade and an interior covered in gold leaf. Explore the University of San Gregorio and then walk down ancient streets on your way to La Ronda, one of the most traditional Quito streets. Next up, visit a woodcarving workshop. Watch the artisans carving, gold plating, and setting in the old Quito style. Ask them questions and maybe even give it a go yourself. Then, learn how to make chocolate in the local old-fashioned way. Taste several varieties of some of the best chocolate in the world. Finally, stop at one of the most traditional ice cream shops of the old town. Try local flavors such as morocho corn and quinoa.

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What people are saying about Independence Square, Quito

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

We were unlucky that our tour happened at time of virus restrictions

A great way to learn about and explore the old city.