Guided tour

Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

Quito: Old Town Highlights & Food Tour

From US$ 35 per person

Learn the legends of Quito and explore the historic center. Get hands-on with a woodcarving lesson. Enjoy a chocolate tasting and a local ice cream.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk through Quito’s old town and hear the stories and legends of this historic center
  • Visit one of Quito’s oldest woodcarving workshops and try your hand at the craft
  • Try some of the best chocolate in the world at a local chocolate factory
  • Taste ice cream made from unique South American ingredients
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Chocolate-making session and tasting
  • Ice cream
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance of the Teatro Sucre (Plaza del Teatro), Old Town Quito. Please arrive 10 minutes before the activity starts.

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable clothes

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