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Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking Tour

1. Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking 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.

Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

2. Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

Twenty minutes from the northwest of Quito you will find this amazing “Middle of the World” experience. You will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have a chance to participate in several experiments on Intiñan Museum (such as watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial, etc…) In The Middle of the World city´s complex, you will be able to visit a fascinating ethnographic museum that gives a great overview of the many distinct cultures of this small country. You will also enjoy of the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the latitude zero inside of the Pululahua Geo-botanical Reserve.

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

3. 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: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

4. Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

After pickup from your hotel in Quito, take a 2-hour ride to the Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo. Explore the cloud forest with your private bilingual guide, and appreciate the picturesque scenery even more on an included cable car ride. Learn about the 4 stages in the lives of butterflies at the butterfly garden, where you can observe around 1,200 of these colorful creatures. Next, walk through the cloud forest to one of the most visited natural attractions in Mindo, the Nambillo Waterfall. Formed by a rapid in the Nambillo, it's a popular natural spa. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the pool area, if you like. At the end of your, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Quito.

Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

5. Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

Discover the diversity of Quito's street food scene and delight your palate at our favorite eateries in town. Begin your food adventure with sunset watching at a plaza and enjoy the panoramic views of the main valleys at your feet. Then it's time to dive into the food scene of Quito. First, sample a classic Andean drink and get ready for various foods samplings in two cool neighborhoods. Eat like a local on this tour and be surprised by the diversity of local produce and its unique combinations. Experience the bustle of the crowded stalls where local cab drivers grab a quick bite before heading to their night shifts. Savor homemade traditional dishes and enjoy a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish off the evening with a visit to a local bar.

Quito: Historic Day and Night Tour

6. Quito: Historic Day and Night Tour

During the course of this tour, you'll get to know the people and places of Quito, as your guide explains to you the cultural heritage of the city. You'll travel in a historic tram, similar to those that could be found in Quito in the 20th century. Firstly, you'll visit the historic centre of Quito, one of the largest and best-preserved sites in South America. Then, make your way to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, making a brief stop during which you'll be able to climb it's high domes. Following this, you'll head to the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city where a statue of the Winged Virgin is located. Take some time to admire the beautiful landscape of Quito. Then, you'll continue to the Plaza de San Francisco, a place full of history. The historical and political centre of the city is to be found at the Plaza Grande, which is surrounded by innumerable attractions including the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church. This part of the tour will finish in the traditional La Ronda neighbourhood, in whose romantic setting you can find workshops and learn from local artisans. Find out how their works are created and gain an insight into the trades of yesteryear, which keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city.  Urban Legends of Quito at night: The nighttime tour will begin in the northern part of the city. You'll get to visit the more commercial areas, where you can find most of Quito's hotels and nightlife. Then, you'll head to the historic centre to admire the churches and historic buildings illuminated at night. The tour will continue to Mirador del Panecillo, where you can take in stunning views of Quito. At the end of the tour, you may wish to go to one of the local nightlife spots or to one of the recommended restaurants or simply return to your hotel.

Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

7. Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

Explore the flavors of Ecuador on a walking tour with an expert foodie guide. Meet one of the top chefs in the country, and try local wines and chocolate cocktails. Your tour takes you through the beautiful La Floresta neighborhood, where you'll wind up at one of the most beloved restaurants in Quito. Learn about the local produce and the fairtrade culture of Ecuador's small communities. Enjoy creative, chocolate-based cocktails, the best local coffee, and the perfect wine for pairing while you learn about the culture and history of the region's gastronomy.

Quito: Street Food Essentials

8. Quito: Street Food Essentials

Begin your experience in Quito's main flea market, a hidden gem even for locals. Eat some of the best traditional dishes while understanding a classic working environment full of antiques and small treasures. Continue around the Basilica of the National Vow towards the eateries surrounding one of the oldest and most significant public schools, where most of the student's movements take place. Make your third stop in one of the busiest political areas, where the amount and quality of the eateries are beyond the imagination. Walk around beautiful street art toward the main park in downtown Quito, and get a glimpse of everyday life, national sports, and some of the most representative street eateries in town. As your first bites digest, stroll to the most mind-blowing stop to savor the most delicious culinary scene in the country: seafood from Manabí (famous for its inventive, resourceful, and truly unique food). Then, continue your pleasant walk and find your way to one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish the journey with quality hand-made chocolate, the icing on the cake of Quito's top flavors. You can choose to take a regular shared or private walking tour, with or without pickup and drop-off.

Quito: Capilla del Hombre and Guayasamín House Museum

9. 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.

Quilotoa Lagoon Private Tour from Quito

10. Quilotoa Lagoon Private Tour from Quito

Pick up from your hotel in Quito. Your guide will drive along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass through the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. Stop to visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos” to learn about their traditions and way of life. After that, a short visit town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. You will also be able to enjoy an unforgettable experience by kayak in the lagoon. Enjoy lunch and stand in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages. Note: on Thursdays, Saquisilí Indigenous Market is optional

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What people are saying about Pichincha

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Our tour with Ernesto was an absolute blast! From the beginning it was such a cool atmosphere, felt like a long term friend is showing us his city with loads of cool places, drinks and for sure the cool street art around Quito. Would definitely recommend it and thanks for showing us the cool side of Quito!

Nico, our guide, was fantastic. We got to hear about history, see churches, and eat native food. Food, drinks, and transportation are included. Quito is at a high elevation, so make sure you are comfortable with the altitude before taking this tour, as you will be walking most of the time.

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!)

Such an amazing experience! We always love doing food tours in new cities. This was one of the best! Loved the variety of foods, stories, and exploration!! This is a must do while in Quito!!!

Nicolas was so nice, helpful and fun Highly recommend it