Quito
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  • Quito: 2.5-Hour City Bus Tour

    1. Quito: 2.5-Hour City Bus Tour

    Embark on a fun and relaxing tour experience as you explore Quito on a double-decker bus. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations and enjoy informative commentary from an audio guide along the way. The itinerary includes the highlights of Quito, including its historic city center, the largest in South America. Stop at Panecillo Hill, and enjoy panoramic views from the most important lookout in Quito. Enjoy a memorable ride through the city and take great photos from the top of the bus.

    our guide was amazing. so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Ecuador and it’s people

  • Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

    2. Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito

    Depart Quito and journey towards the Guayllabamba valley to see the Quitsato Sundial in La Mitad Del Mundo, built to share the astronomical knowledge of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the region. Pass over the line of the equator and continue towards the largest indigenous market in South America. Shop for souvenir textiles and traditional crafts at the Mercado de Ponchos, where the locals sell tagua nut jewelry, fake shrunken heads, hand-painted trays, spices, spools of wool and other interesting items under mushroom-shaped umbrellas. Get back to nature at the Peguche waterfall, popular with the locals who go there to take a sacred bath on the eve of Inti Raymi. Continue towards the caldera lake of Cuicocha in the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve (excluding holidays) and get stunning views of the Cotacachi Volcano before driving back to Quito.

    Longer day than expected (12 hours vs. 10 in the description), but worth it! All the stops were great. Bring an extra duffle bag to fill with all the beautiful textiles from the market, you'll want to buy everything.

  • Historic Quito and Craft Beer Tour

    3. Historic Quito and Craft Beer Tour

    First enjoy a visit to the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America, in a replica trolley, learn how these circulated in Quito in the last century. Visit to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you will be able to climb up to its high domes, and later move towards the Panecillo viewpoint. This iconic place in the city, is renowned for its beauty, near by there is also a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Continue to the Plaza de San Francisco, one of the representative places of the city which is full of history. Enjoy a walk to the Plaza Grande, historical and political center of the city, where you will pass by innumerable attractions including: the Cathedral, the Palace of Government, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañía church. Then experience the traditional La Ronda n...

  • Mitad del Mundo & Horseback Ride at Pululahua Volcano

    4. Mitad del Mundo & Horseback Ride at Pululahua Volcano

    This day tour combines a visit to the educational museum built on the equator, Mitad del Mundo, with a beautiful horseback ride through the Pululahua Crater.  In the morning, drive to the ranch where the horses are waiting. From the ranch, robust and amiable mountain horses will take us through the stunning landscape of this ancient volcanic crater – the biggest one on the whole American continent and one of only two inhabited craters in the world – with its constantly changing sceneries and huge biodiversity. While circling the central lava cone, witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture.  The horseback riding time will be about 3 hours. Lunch with panoramic view over valleys and cloud forest covered mountains (lunch if option is selected). Afterwards, continue by car to the...

  • Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

    5. Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

    Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern h...

    Very inexpensive and easy way to learn about Quito. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. It was easy to book through the site and the built in GPS system in the app was extremely helpful to find the meeting point.

  • Quito: Urban Legends of Quito by Night

    6. Quito: Urban Legends of Quito by Night

    Start your Quito night tour in the northern part of the city and travel through the most important commercial areas where most of the hotels are located. Explore aboard a replica of the trams used in the city in the last century. Head to the historic center to gaze at the illuminated churches and main tourist attractions. Discover some of the city's unique landscapes (tickets not included). Then, continue to Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) for a beautiful view of colonial and modern day Quito. During the tour, you will get to know the people who live in this city better, and begin to recognize their way of speaking and thinking. During your visit to the city, your guide will tell you all about the historic urban legends that are a part of the traditional and cultural heritage of the people of Quito.

    The tour at night had a very different perspective than that during the day. Many sites and buildings are lite up enhancing their beauty. A lot of interesting information was provided.

  • Quito: Street Food Essentials

    7. 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...

    Nicholas was such an excellent guide, knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. The food choices were excellent and varied. I'd absolutely do it again!

  • Quito: Historic Day and Night Tour

    8. 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...

  • Quito: City Highlights and Food Tour

    9. 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. Explore a top food market, while eating traditional Ecuadorian cuisine favoured by the locals. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

  • Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

    10. Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

    Begin your 3-hour tour in the northern part of Quito and head up to the middle of the city. This is where you will find the monument that stands on the line that divides the northern and the southern hemispheres. The Equatorial Monument was built during the 17th century when the precise dividing line between the hemispheres was defined by a French expeditionary team.

    Heidi our guide was fabulous! Excellent tour, just as advertised. Diego drove us safely to and from the equator. Great experience, not difficulties or problem. Taking the Grey Line was the best way to go.

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What people are saying about Quito

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 97 reviews

It was absolutely worth it! The guide was super friendly and did a great job, he always tried to fulfill every single wish of the customers :) I would definitely recommend it, especially when you consider the low price!

Gustavo was an excellent guide. He is a Native Ecuadorian and knew everything about the City and Country. It was an immense please to spend the day with him and give him our highest recommendation

Excellant knowledge of destination. Spoke very good English. Only does private tours Very flexible to client requests and pickup times.We can recommend Gustavo without reservation.

Nicholas was such an excellent guide, knowledgeable, personable, and a lot of fun. The food choices were excellent and varied. I'd absolutely do it again!

our guide was amazing. so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Ecuador and it’s people