Quito Old Town Tours

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Quito’s unmissable historic center, or Old Town, extends over 320 hectares (790 acres) and is the largest historic center in the Americas.

Made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, Quito has taken great pride in restoring its colonial buildings and sprucing up its public spaces to ensure that both locals and visitors continue to breathe life into the old town.  The streets and plazas constantly buzz with colorful locals and vendors selling everything from roasted peanuts to giant roasted pigs, while tourists drink it all in as they shuffle between the overwhelming number of restored churches and chapels, convents and monasteries, mansions and museums.

And of course, there are plenty of bars and restaurants and shady plazas to rest in when sightseeing fatigue kicks in.

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Plaza Grande (Independence Square), marks the center of Quito Old Town which extends between La Mariscal in the north and El Panecillo in the south.

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Address: Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

Discover the rich culture and history of Old Town Quito on this 4-hour guided walking tour. Hear the stories and legends behind the Ecuadorian capital’s most iconic landmarks that you visit, including Independence Plaza, Government Palace, the Independence Monument, and the Archbishop’s palace. On this tour, you don’t just sightsee — try your hand at making traditional chocolate, too. Plus top off this fantastic day with a stop at an old-school ice cream shop, and sample delightful flavors.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$59.25 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$59.25 USD
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$105.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Quito and Middle of the World

Travel to the Middle of the World with a stop at Mitad del Mundo after a personalized tour of Quito. First, a private guide provides insight on the capital city’s historical center, including its World Heritage–listed monuments and churches. After a hike to El Panecillo, a lookout point above the city and home to La Virgen de Quito statue, you’ll stand at the Equatorial monument—0 degrees latitude.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$225.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

This popular private tour hits all of Quito's top attractions. Follow your expert local guide through the capital city's historic district, stand on the equator and ride on the highest gondola in South America. This full-day experience is perfect for travelers who want to gain insight and understanding into the history and culture of Quito.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Quito City Tour

Explore the historic sights of Quito, including its iconic ‘Middle of the World’ monument situated on the equator, during this full-day private tour. Start your day in the Old Town section of Quito, visiting two of its top churches, La Compañía and San Francisco, and checking out the government palace. You’ll then head to the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ (Middle of the World) monument, marking zero degrees of latitude, where you’ll explore the Intiñan museum and a number of on-site attractions dedicated to this unique geographic location. This Quito city excursion also covers round-trip hotel transport, a private guide and vehicle and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$120.99 USD
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Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off all of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center; admire landmarks such as Plaza de la Independencia, San Francisco Monastery, and the Panecillo; then walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Day Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon and Markets from Quito

Spend the day exploring the Ecuadorian Andes' most western volcano on this private tour of Quilotoa. Experience the stunning beauty of this water-filled caldera and navigate the landscapes that surround it. This dormant volcano last erupted 80 years ago following 14,000 years of dormancy.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$219.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha Full-Day Tour from Quito

Discover indigenous arts and local markets during this cultural tour of Otavalo Market and Laguna Cuicocha from Quito. Escape the city and journey into Ecuador's more rural hillsides as you follow your guide through some of the area's top cultural attractions.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$61.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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7-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotel and Transfers

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin during this 7-day tour of the Galapagos and Quito. Spend a day in Ecuador’s alpine capital to explore the city’s colonial past and visit the Middle of the World monument to straddle the Equator. Fly to the Galapagos the next day where your guide will be waiting to lead you on your 4-day island-hopping adventure. Learn about the native flora and fauna, including the famous tortoises, then head back to Quito for your flight home.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$1,195.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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8-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotels and Transfers

Set out on a nature adventure through the Galapagos Islands with this 8-day tour, including a stop in Quito City. See giant tortoises, playful sea lions, comical blue-footed boobies, and colorful flamingoes as you explore several islands, including Santa Cruz and Isabela. The convenient itinerary includes hotels, meals, and transfers.
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,275.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 days
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Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake and Cayambe Shared Day Tour from Quito

Discover Ecuador's vibrant cultural heritage, natural wonders, and Andean villages on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire traditional handicrafts at the legendary Otavalo Market, tour the Cayambe biscuit factory, visit the leather capital of Cotacachi, and marvel at Cuicocha Crater Lake. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$65.59 USD
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Paramo Journeys

Dive head first into the ancient cultures and natural attractions of Ecuador on a private four-day tour. In addition to learning about indigenous groups, you also get to enjoy action packed activities like mountain biking, rafting, and horseback riding. With transportation, three nights accommodation, and some meals included, you’re free to skip the stress of planning and truly enjoy yourself.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$349.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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2-Night Quito Experience: Transfer, Tour and Mariscal Accommodation

Enjoy a break in Quito with a 2-night experience that includes an arrival airport transfer, hostel accommodation and a tour of Quito’s Old Town. With a guide, you’ll learn about the neighborhood’s colonial-era history as you see impressive plazas and landmarks like La Compañia, the famous Jesuit church. The budget-friendly package also includes ample free time for you to explore the city as you wish.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$139.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Cultural Historical Culinary and Food Market Tour in Quito

Explore Ecuador’s food, history, and culture on this all-day tour with a private guide. Customize your itinerary to suit your interests and enjoy a convenient, hassle-free hotel pickup. Options include a visit to Quito’s traditional food and medicine market, an enriching and delicious cooking class, and trip to the “Middle of the World City,” where the Southern and Northern hemispheres meet.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$116.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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5-Day Private Tour Amazon and Andes Adventure

Enjoy the ultimate personalized adventure in Ecuador as you explore both its rugged Andes region and exotic Amazon on this 5-day private tour. Enjoy stunning scenery covering everything from sky-high volcanoes to dense jungle, spotting exotic wildlife and visiting indigenous communities to get a taste for daily life. You’ll also participate in fun outdoor activities like horseback riding, rafting and more. Best of all, this private tour is easily customized to fit your specific interests and schedule. This private Ecuador excursion includes a private guide and vehicle, tourist- and tourist superior-class accommodations, meals, all activities and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$1,125.00 USD
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Condor Express

With altitudes between 4000 and 6000m, this 9 days program will allow an ideal acclimatization and increase your ability to climb successfully some of the highest volcanoes in South America. During these 9 days, you will be accompanied by a qualified and bilingual guide and will be able to summit in 4 of the most famous volcanoes in Ecuador, ending at the summit of Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador!Climbing these mountains will offer you spectacular views of Ecuador and the Avenue of the Volcanoes, wich undoubtedly will leave you breath less!
  • Duration: 9 days
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$1,800.00 USD
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5-Day Adventure in The Andes and the Amazon from Quito

The best of Ecuador in one 5-day tour! You will see the highlights of the Andes and Amazon around Quito. This program is designed for travellers who like a bit of luxury and comfort. Our private transportation takes you from Quito to Cotopaxi, to Baños and to Tena where you will stay at an Eco-Lodge. You have English speaking guides and it is a mix between private tours and group tours. The hotels will be from tourist class up to tourist superior class. Most meals are included and this is a perfect extension for before or after the Galapagos Islands.
  • Duration: 5 days
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$1,178.40 USD
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8-Day Private Round trip Andes and Amazon Rainforest

Our guide will be happy to take you on this exciting 8-day round trip to explore the Andes and Amazon Rainforest, two of the most diverse regions of Euador. On this private tour you will visit Quito’s historic centre, Otavalo and the surrounding towns, the Cotopaxi National Park, the Quilotoa Crater Lake, Baños, the hot springs of Papallacta and explore the amazing jungle during your stay at an amazon lodge near Tena.
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,025.00 USD
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9-Day Galapagos Island Hopping and Quito Tour from Quito

No trip to Ecuador is complete without visiting the Galapagos Islands, a glorious archipelago home to some of the world’s most biodiverse wildlife. See the best of Galapagos and Quito, Ecuador’s historic capital, on a 9-day island hopping tour, ideal for nature lovers. Observe an abundance of wildlife on Isabela Island, visit the Sierra Negra volcano, swim with colorful fish at Concha Perla, and take a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Quito Old Town. Accommodation, meals as per the itinerary, transfers, and airport pickup and drop-off in Quito are included.
  • Duration: 9 days
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$2,825.17 USD
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Ecuador Program 15 Days

On this tour we will discover beautiful landscapes of Ecuador, knowing about the culture and cuisine of this beautiful country and your wonderful people
  • Duration: 15 days
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$3,985.00 USD
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9-Day Andes Highlands and Amazon Rainforest from Quito

In this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Andes Mountains crossing to the amazon Rainforest where you will experience a magical adventure into the jungle. You will also learn about the different life styles that the people of this regions have.
  • Duration: 9 days
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$2,220.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 days
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Ecuador & Galapagos Adventure 11 Days

11-Days Ecuador Adventure in the summer. It is a great way to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in a short time while making new friends of similar ages. The ideal age for this trip is from 13 to 17. This a group tour, our travel director with chaperons will meet participants at major hub airports in the United States to begin the journey, be with them 24/7 and return the same way. Our programs are safe, educational and fun!
  • Duration: 11 days
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$4,142.88 USD
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  • Duration: 11 days
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Quito Full Day

Quito City, the Capital of Ecuador is one of the most beautiful and well preserved in world, declared world heritage site by the UNESCO, it is considered the Gods Face of Latin America, during this Quito Tour, Guide Ecuador will guide you around and will let you discover this south American jewel located at the middle of the world.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$80.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Ecuadorian Treasures Bucket List Tour

Discover the Ecuadorian Treasures!!!!! Start and end in Quito, visiting 14 more destinations in a 8 Days Tour Package. Bike at one of the most Active volcanoes of the world , by the end of the day, enjoy the magical views of the Andes surrounded by Lamas and Alpacas , hiking in the Andes , visiting Indian communities , tasting Local Food , exploring the Ecuadorian Jungle with a lot of adrenaline , knowledgeable guides , private transportation and much more in small groups ,such a great deal.
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,350.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 days
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