• Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 79.00 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 6-hour Old Town Quito walking tour
  • Stroll through Quito's historic center, including Independence Plaza and the Government Palace
  • Admire the architecture of Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús
  • Learn how to make traditional chocolate
  • Sample treats at an established ice cream shop in Old Town
  • Hear about the stories and history of Quito from an informative guide

What You Can Expect

Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

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Step out on a guided walking tour of Old Town Quito and experience the sights, smells and flavors of this sky-high capital as the day comes to life. Begin your 4-hour adventure on the cobblestone streets of Old Town where you’ll meet your informative guide.

Kick off your sightseeing at Independence Plaza, home to the Independence Monument, Government Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace. Travel through energetic crowds as your guide unlocks the history of this central Quito stop.

Swing by La Compañía de Jesús, a Jesuit church boasting an elaborate façade made entirely out of volcanic stone, and an interior rich in gold leaf. Visit the University of San Gregorio and make your way to La Ronda, one of the most picturesque streets in Old Quito.

Switch to culinary delights as you learn how to make chocolate, in the traditional Ecuadorian-style. You get to sample some varieties, of course, before moving on to a popular ice cream shop in Old Town that’s been around for years. Follow your guide’s recommendations and try flavors that you’re not likely to find back home — like morocho corn ice cream and quinoa.

After this sweet note, your tour ends back at the departure point.

Customer Reviews

peter p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a fabulous tour with a passionate, knowledgeable tour guide. He took us to some unusual hidden spots, for example showing us a great sculpting demonstration and a chocolate-making demonstration.

Joyce N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Pablo was an excellent guide. He gave us the political, historical and economic background of Ecuador. As we walked he told us so much interesting information as we went through the sites and side streets. It could not have been better! Joyce N.

john g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

guide was very good, full of interesting details,ice cream flavours amazing , chocolate fantastic

Julia B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great tour! Fun and knowledgeable guide, and loved the chocolate.

Mary Faith T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Pablo was amazing! He could/should be a university lecturer. We all were impressed by the volume of information he shared about history of Ecuador, comparative analysis of colonial activity in other countries at the same time periods, how the different Catholic orders and competing religious groups affected the growth of Quito. It was really fascinating and delivered in a very dynamic style that kept the group including our 2 teenagers engaged--and that was really only the first half of the tour. The subsequent ice cream and chocolate stops were delicious and a lot of fun. Friends at home were very happy to receive their scrumptious artisanal chocolates as souvenirs.

Bonnie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was a great tour to get all of the history of Ecuador and Quito. The Historic downtown is a must when visiting Quito. Pablo was very knowledgeable, answered all questions, and is obviously passionate about his country.

Ellen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a great day and enjoyed the trip. Highly recommend this trip.

Lisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had great tour in Old Town with a very knowledgeable guide.

Amy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was beyond excellent, and gave my husband and I a thorough tour of Quito, along with a very good history lesson. We enjoyed every minute of it, and recommend our guide highly!

sibylleross

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was a great experience. Our tour guide was excellent speaking fluent spanish and english. Would recommend this tour to anybody.

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