Quito
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  • Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

    1. Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

    Discover the diversity of Quito's street food scene and delight your palate at the 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 favorite neighborhoods. Eat like a local on this tour and be surprised by the diversity of plantain, potatoes, and yuca soaked in a tasty spicy salsa called ají. 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 the time at one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish off the evening with a visit to a classic speakeasy bar. Enjoy advanced ...

    A very good introduction to local food with a good guide. The terrain is very demanding and the portions are large

  • Quito: Street Food Essentials

    2. 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: City Highlights and Food Tour

    3. 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 City Shared Tour

    4. Quito City Shared Tour

    You'll begin the tour at 9:00 from the lobby of the hotel and go towards the center of the first city named Historic Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Follow the Gran Colombia Avenue past the church of the Basilica del Voto Nacional (The Basilica of the National Vow), to the Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square) through the colonial streets. Continue on a walking tour visiting the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop, the church of the Jesuits where you can appreciate its adornments and gold altars, the tabernacle and the church of San Francisco built in the sixteenth century. After you arrive at the Panecillo’s Balcony where the statue of the Virgin Mary is located and where you can to admire a beautiful landscape of Colonial Quito and modern. The tour ends with your return to your hotel.

  • Quito City Sightseeing Tour and Cable Car

    5. Quito City Sightseeing Tour and Cable Car

    Enjoy a full-day tour of Quito including 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, the “San Juan Mirador” from where you will have a beautiful sight of The Colonial Centre of Quito. After walking through the colonial streets, stop at the Independence Plaza admiring 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. After visiting the historical site, you will head to the cable car. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and the capital. From a point of over 4000m, you will enjoy magnificent views, as well as walking on the top for 1–2 hours over 4...

  • Quito: Family Walking Tour

    6. Quito: Family Walking Tour

    Experience a rewarding adventure with your family on this exclusive walking tour. Listen to a local professional guide explain the many famous cultural and architectural sites of Quito. Stroll through the city center with your family on this two-hour tour at an easy pace. Have fun learning about Quito’s fascinating history and hearing stories that both the adults and kids are sure to enjoy.

  • Quito: Guided Street Art Tour with a Craft Beer

    7. Quito: Guided Street Art Tour with a Craft Beer

    Join in on an off-the-beaten-path walking tour with a focus on urban artistic expression. The journey begins with a visit to a public school surrounded by street art murals. Discover hidden parks and plazas, the perfect environment for local and foreign artists to express themselves for everyone to see. Pick up insights into the context, techniques, and meaning of these wonderful multi-style pieces that make Quito one of Latin America's best spots for street art lovers. Finish the afternoon with a local craft beer in a bar that is not only a fantastic place for drinks, but also one that continues the artistic theme of the tour. Choose between a private and shared tour with either hotel or meeting point pickup.

  • Quito: Cultural City Bike Tour

    8. Quito: Cultural City Bike Tour

    Start from the iconic Ochoymedio Arthouse Cinema. Take a look at the amazing street art around La Floresta and hear about some of the artists who painted them from your bilingual guide. Taste some pretty awesome chocolate before visiting a great lookout and hanging out with some locals. This is a fascinating and not very frequented part of Quito, a hidden gem. Then, visit some interesting parks, and get to see the local culture as well as the hub of activity that is the Mariscal area. Explore a special handicraft market and meet the actual artisans who make their products. Also, discover an iconic fruit and veggie market showing you how the "real people" live, shop, and eat. Next, head to the oldest park in Quito (and in Ecuador) and gain some fascinating historical insights. See the oldest astronomical observatory in Ecuador, as well as some other interesting places. Making your way ...

  • Quito: Urban Bike Tour

    9. Quito: Urban Bike Tour

    Explore La Floresta, Mariscal, La Carolina Park, Iñaquito, and much more as you gain an insight into how locals live in Quito.  Departing from the iconic Ochoymedio Arthouse Cinema, take a look at the amazing street art around La Floresta as you also learn about some of the artists who painted them. Then, head to Carolina Park and visit the Botanic Gardens. You'll be riding along Amazonas Avenue, one of the main arteries of the modern Quito. Afterwards, stop and take some great photos.  Experiencing a local market is a must in any city. The iconic and colourful Iñaquito Market dates back to the 1970s. The tour will then head back via Carolina Park once again, returning to La Floresta. Making your way past an impressive 50-metre tall mural, the tour will finish at a local café. Upon arrival, you'll get to enjoy a complimentary drink and snack.

  • Quito City Sightseeing and Mitad del Mundo Tour

    10. Quito City Sightseeing and Mitad del Mundo Tour

    This tour starts early in the morning as you are picked up from your hotel in Quito and board a private vehicle to start your sightseeing tour of the city.  You will first head to visit the Panecillo Hill where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city and take great pictures. The tour continues to Quito's Old Town and the Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop. Then, you will head to “San Juan Mirador” a viewpoint from where you will have a beautiful sight of the colonial center of Quito. You will then enjoy walking through the colonial streets and stop at the Independence Plaza admiring the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace and Ronda Street. You will also visit La Compania Church, the Sagrario Church and the San Francisco Church, which was built during the 17th century. After lunch (not included), you will head to the Middle of the World monument, where you can stand ri...

    Great day tour. The guide (Daniel) was friendly and very knowledgable. All the sights were amazing. Would particularly recommend the Mitad del Mundo

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What people are saying about Quito

This was such a fun and up-close way to get to see many of the different neighborhoods in Quito, including some more traditional tourist spots as well as some spots that only locals would know. Ernesto and Nico were my guides and they were so friendly and provided a lot of background information and history. Not to mention, the food was amazing! I would recommend starting this tour on an empty stomach, as you will definitely get more than enough food. I would also suggest bringing a backpack to carry raincoat/water bottle, and wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. On our few hours of walking we experienced both bright sunshine and pouring rain. Ernesto did call us a car at one point so we wouldn’t have to walk in the downpour. I will definitely recommend this to my friends who are visiting Quito!

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!

Super guide (Daniel) showed us all the best sights

Great day tour. The guide (Daniel) was friendly and very knowledgable. All the sights were amazing. Would particularly recommend the Mitad del Mundo

an absolute amazing experience and would definitely recommend to everyone I know who would come through Quito! best guide and couldn’t be happier!

Nico was an incredible guide who knows so much about Quito's history and the local food scene. This tour is a must!