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Quito: Full-Day Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Tour

1. Quito: Full-Day Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Tour

Board the Quito Tour Bus on Avenida Naciones Unidas in the heart of Quito, and then depart the city in the early afternoon. Journey to the Geobotanical Reserve of the Pululahua Crater at the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo complex. Visit the new Beer Museum, see a miniature model that celebrates the architectural beauty of the Historic Center of Quito and more. Finally, you will visit the Agave Museum where you will have a tasting of this ancestral drink. Return to the start point in the evening.

Quito: Intiñan Museum Small-Group Tour

2. Quito: Intiñan Museum Small-Group Tour

Visit the Intiñan Museum, also known as the Museum of Equinoctial Solar Culture, where you will enjoy a combination of physic, folklore, and culture. Marvel at the variety of fauna, flora, instruments and other manifestations of culture at the museum, and discover the Forest of Totems. Participate in interactive experiments that prove you are standing in the middle of the world.

Quito: Equator Line and Hidden Gems Tour with Beer Tasting

3. Quito: Equator Line and Hidden Gems Tour with Beer Tasting

Your tour guide will pick you up at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel, in order to drive you towards the north west of Quito to head the famous Intiñan Museum, geographically located at 0 degrees, 0 minutes and 0 seconds, that marks the division between the northern and southern hemispheres as established by the French Geodesic Mission in the Eighteenth Century. You will admire beautiful displays of different ethnic groups in Ecuador, plus the story of their lifestyles, explained by a specialist tour guide! This is the opportunity to be photographed with both of your feet on the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time! After this memorable and fantastic experience in the museum, you will drive to the “Mitad del Mundo” complex, that is located at the San Antonio parish of Quito. The grounds contain the Ethnographic Museum, a museum about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador. The 30-meter-tall monument, built between 1979 and 1982, was constructed to mark the point where the equator passes through the country in the geodetic datum in use in Ecuador at that time. A line down the centre of the east-facing staircase and across the plaza, was meant to mark the equator and countless tourists over the years have had their pictures taken straddling this line. Then we drive straight to a hidden farm, where you will learn all about the organic products that the local people grow in their backyards, such as coffee, bananas, tangerines, lemons, oranges, etc. While we are walking through the little crops, we will have one of the best opportunities to practice photography, from an extremely short distance, of about 20 species of Hummingbirds, 6 species of Tannagers, 2 species of Quetzals, toucans, flower piercers, and much more! After this memorable experience, you'll have time to relax and enjoy a craft beer tasting at a local brewery. You will finish this fantastic adventure at 4:00 p.m!

Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

4. Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

Explore Quito, the oldest capital in South America, from all of its angles. Get to know the main historical plazas, buildings, churches and parks. Admire downtown's colonial architecture with its mix of 19th century and modern style buildings. Get away from the main sites and explore lesser-known gems, like the main flea market in town, where you'll understand another side of every day local life. Eat at a top street food stop, and explore one of the main markets. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

Quito: Capilla del Hombre and Guayasamín House Museum

5. Quito: Capilla del Hombre and Guayasamín House Museum

Visit the former home of legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín and discover a comprehensive collection of his work. See his personal collection of pre-Columbian ceramic, bone, and metal artifacts. Admire an exhibition of Guayasamín’s religious art, including work by skilled indigenous artists from Escuela Quiteña. Visit the Capilla del Hombre cultural center located next to the house. Admire the serenity of your surroundings, impressive architecture, paintings, murals, and sculptures by Guayasamín. Explore its open spaces and discover its message of commitment to human rights, peace, and solidarity. See the "Eternal Flame", advocating for peace and human rights, and the "Tree of Life" where the ashes of Guayasamín are interred. Reflect on history from a Latin American point of view. Gain insight into social issues including discrimination, the role of women and children, and casualties of war.

Quito City Tour & Capilla del Hombre Art Museum

6. Quito City Tour & Capilla del Hombre Art Museum

This full-day tour includes a visit to The Panecillo Hill for a panoramic view of the city. The tour will then continue from the Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop and next, onto the “San Juan Mirador” from where you will have a beautiful view of The Colonial Centre of Quito.   After walking through the colonial streets, stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. Furthermore, visit La Ronda Street, The Company Church, Santo Domingo´s Church, The Sagrario´s Church and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Capilla Del Hombre Museum which was built by local artist Guayasamin as a tribute to humankind and the art-work on display depicting the historic suffering and struggle of Latin America’s poor indigenous population.

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What people are saying about Pichincha

Really nice day out. Mitad del Mundo was great and we were given over two hours to do what we wanted at our own pace. The beer and chocolate museums are part of the complex and so you can do this on your own too. The chocolate was actually a really reasonable price and they let you taste it first. The guide Andrea was really informative and friendly.

Ernesto was absolutely terrific! The tour was informative, enjoyable, and the stops for lunch and a chocolate tasting gave us a glimpse into authentic Quito. (For an extra special bonus, ask Ernesto to take you to “Güero Güey”, the absolute best taqueria in town!)

This tour was great. Tour guide Roberto knew so much about the history of Ecuador, the solar system, equator and you name it. Very educational, interesting and fun too, recommended!

I ticked off an item on my bucket list.Really enjoyable

I always wanted to go to the centre of the earth and I am glad that I have accomplished this.

If that opportunity arose, I would suggest to friends or family