Day trip

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

4.6 / 5

44 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Ecuador

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Activity provider: Gray Line Ecuador

From US$ 40 per person

Visit the largest and best preserved historic center in South America. Experience Quito's culture and traditional trades. Then, during the Middle of the World experience, defy the laws of physics.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Explore Quito on board a trolley that's a replica of a historic tram
  • Admire the churches and colonial monuments of the historic center
  • Take in views of colonial and modern Quito from the Mirador del Panecillo
  • Visit the Middle of the World Monument and village
  • Have experiences that defy the laws of physics
Full description
Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet. Entrance to the Middle of the World complex is included ,where you can enjoy experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. NOTE: On Sunday, this tour operates in an inverted way, first you visit the Middle of the World and then you have the city tour.
  • Roundtrip transportation from the meeting point
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the Middle of the World
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at Holiday Inn Express Hotel at 8:10 AM from Monday to Saturday, and at 8:30 AM on Sundays.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, you will first visit the Middle of the World and then do the city tour
  • Entrance to the Middle of the World is included in the ticket price
  • Food and drinks will not be provided. Please carry cash for meals
  • Tips are not included in the ticket price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 44 reviews

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The guide is very friendly and knowledgeable, the trolley is quaint but not very comfortable. The information given is mostly about the history of Quito and less about the actual art and architecture, which wasn’t so much what I was interested in. The places he tool us were wonderful, including gorgeous churches and charming old city streets, a delicious chocolate tasting, and the Middle of the Earth park with all its scientific activities and photo opportunities. But the drive there was a bit long for that uncomfortable trolley.

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May 30, 2022

I enjoyed the experience from being picked up at my hotel to being toured around the city. Although I’m not a fan of chocolate I even tried the chocolate during the tasting session it was a great experience overall and the tour guide was very aware of how we were feeling based on the elevation.

May 6, 2022

This is a fabulous tour - combining the old town with 'Middle of the World'. Our guide Daniel, was great - providing detailed explanations of the buildings were visited, the history, and some great stories. The morning gave us the chance to explore some of the key buildings in Quito's old town, and Daniel's input brought the places and Quito's history alive. We crammed a fair bit in, in the morning but not having to walk long distances between places was nice. The afternoon's visit to the 'Middle of the World' was fun. Again, Daniel made it interesting, and provided us with complementary information to what was already available. It might be corny having your picture taken on the equator line but that's why we were there, and Daniel helped out, making sure we got the pics we wanted. Overall, the day was fab, our guide made it very enjoyable and all for $40 - value for money without a doubt!

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February 24, 2022

Product ID: 220890