Santo Domingo Plaza (Plaza de Santa Domingo) Tours

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Santa Domingo Plaza graces the southern edge of Quito’s Old Town and is easily missed by visitors. It’s an airy plaza, dominated by the imposing Santo Domingo Cathedral on its southeastern side. In the center of the square a statue of hero Antonio José de Sucre points towards Pichincha Volcano where he won the battle for Ecuador’s independence in 1822.

The Santo Domingo Cathedral dates back to 1581 and houses an impressive statue of the Virgen del Rosario in an ornately carved baroque-style chapel. If you visit the plaza at night, the cathedral’s domes look beautiful floodlit.

The Plaza comes alive on weekends when neighboring Quiteños converge on the square to watch the various acrobats, jugglers and magicians go through their routines. 

Practical Info

If you plan an evening visit to Santa Domingo Plaza, it is best to go as part of a group, or arrange for a taxi there and back, so you are not a target for would-be muggers.

Santa Domingo Plaza is near the southwest end of Calle Guayaquil in Quito's Old Town.

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Address: Plaza de Santa Domingo, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

Get a sense for the architecture, history and culture of Quito during this 9-hour trip visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south. This Quito city trip includes entrance fees at select attractions, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half Day Tour Old District Quito

Immerse yourself in Quito’s colonial past during this 4-hour tour of the city’s Old District and major historic sights. Explore the top attractions of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, including the churches of San Francisco and La Compañía, its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and government palace. You’ll also enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city from Panecillo Hill and learn about Quito’s history, food and culture from your guide. This half-day tour of Quito also covers entrance fees at La Compañía and San Francisco church and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half Day Quito City Tour

Enjoy the best of Quito on this 3-hour guided sightseeing tour. Navigate the narrow city streets that wind through colonial and contemporary Quito. Make stops at Independence Plaza and the Presidential Palace. Check out the impressive views from one of the world’s highest capital cities and gain insider knowledge about the culture and history of this Ecuadorian city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride Pichincha Volcano Tour

Spend an entire day exploring the city of Quito with an expert guide. Learn about local cultures and traditions as you make your way through scenic landscapes and urban streets. Visit Teleferico and relax on a picturesque horseback ride to Pichincha Volcano, where you'll find incredible views of Quito.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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