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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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Professional guide
Chocolate-making session and tasting
Ice cream
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Quito 170401, Ecuador

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Explore the historic district of Quito and enjoy authentic Ecuadorian foods on this full-day tour! Begin your adventure on the cobblestone streets of Old Town Quito with your expert guide. Browse the central market, where you'll see a variety of goods including roses, exotic fruits, and local vegetables.
Pass By:  
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
head to the Monastery of San Francisco. This large, ancient building takes up two city blocks and is a must-see attraction. Tour the chapel and convent while hearing stories and legends of the impressive building from your guide
Pass By:  
Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
follow your guide to the heart of Old Town -- Independence Plaza. Walk around the plaza while admiring the impressive Independence Monument, the Archbishop's Palace and the Government Palace. Learn about the significance of these buildings from your guide as you walk through the plaza.
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Quito Old Town
Explore the historic district of Quito and enjoy authentic Ecuadorian foods on this full-day tour! Begin your adventure on the cobblestone streets of Old Town Quito with your expert guide. Browse the central market, where you'll see a variety of goods including roses, exotic fruits, and local vegetables.
Pass By:  
Plaza de San Francisco
Head to the Monastery of San Francisco. This large, ancient building takes up two city blocks and is a must-see attraction. Tour the chapel and convent while hearing stories and legends of the impressive building from your guide
Pass By:  
El Palacio de Gobierno
follow your guide to the heart of Old Town -- Independence Plaza. Walk around the plaza while admiring the impressive Independence Monument, the Archbishop's Palace and the Government Palace. Learn about the significance of these buildings from your guide as you walk through the plaza.
Pass By:  
Palacio Municipal
follow your guide to the heart of Old Town -- Independence Plaza. Walk around the plaza while admiring the impressive Independence Monument, the Archbishop's Palace and the Government Palace. Learn about the significance of these buildings from your guide as you walk through the plaza.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years old
  • For your Intrepid Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Latin America

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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This was a fabulous tour with a...
peter p
, Feb 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.
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Pablo was an excellent guide. He...
Joyce N
, Feb 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.
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The weather was horrible so the...
Mev419
, Jan 2018
The weather was horrible so the guide altered the tour to help keep us dry in a rain and thunderstorm. Wish I saw more and wasn't so wet and cold! but appreciate the guide being flexible and still making it a great day! He was very knowledgeable about the history of Ecuador and a great conversationalist.
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Old world charm and an interesting...
Ronald F
, Dec 2017
Old world charm and an interesting guide makes this tour worthwhile. Sampling local food also a very enjoyable aspect to this tour.
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guide was very good, full of...
john g
, Dec 2017
guide was very good, full of interesting details,ice cream flavours amazing , chocolate fantastic
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Great tour! Fun and knowledgeable...
Julia B
, Aug 2017
Great tour! Fun and knowledgeable guide, and loved the chocolate.
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Pablo was amazing! He could/should...
Mary Faith T
, Aug 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.
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This was a great tour to get all of...
Bonnie B
, Jun 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.
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We had a great day and enjoyed the...
Ellen S
, Nov 2016
We had a great day and enjoyed the trip. Highly recommend this trip.
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We had great tour in Old Town with a...
Lisa C
, Dec 2015
We had great tour in Old Town with a very knowledgeable guide.
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