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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

1. Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

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.

Quito: Guided Street Art Tour with local drinks

2. Quito: Guided Street Art Tour with local drinks

Join us on an off-the-beaten-path walking tour with a focus on urban artistic expression. Start with an Andean agave drink and walk through one of the coolest neighborhoods in Quito, spotting all kinds of street art. Pick up insights into the context, techniques, and meaning of these wonderful multi-style pieces that make Quito one of Latin America's best spots for street art lovers. Finish the afternoon with a drink in a bar with famous for its breathtaking view of the valley, while enjoying one of the most traditional alcoholic drinks in the city.

Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking Tour

3. Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking Tour

Explore Quito, the oldest capital in South America, from all of its angles. Get to know the main historical plazas, buildings, churches and parks. Admire downtown's colonial architecture with its mix of 19th century and modern style buildings. Get away from the main sites and explore lesser-known gems, like the main flea market in town, where you'll understand another side of every day local life. Eat at a top street food stop, and explore one of the main markets. Finish the journey sampling some of the best chocolate and coffee from the hands of a top chocolatier.

Quito: Street Food Essentials

4. Quito: Street Food Essentials

Begin your experience in Quito's main flea market, a hidden gem even for locals. Eat some of the best traditional dishes while understanding a classic working environment full of antiques and small treasures. Continue around the Basilica of the National Vow towards the eateries surrounding one of the oldest and most significant public schools, where most of the student's movements take place. Make your third stop in one of the busiest political areas, where the amount and quality of the eateries are beyond the imagination. Walk around beautiful street art toward the main park in downtown Quito, and get a glimpse of everyday life, national sports, and some of the most representative street eateries in town. As your first bites digest, stroll to the most mind-blowing stop to savor the most delicious culinary scene in the country: seafood from Manabí (famous for its inventive, resourceful, and truly unique food). Then, continue your pleasant walk and find your way to one of the favorite markets in town, a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish the journey with quality hand-made chocolate, the icing on the cake of Quito's top flavors. You can choose to take a regular shared or private walking tour, with or without pickup and drop-off.

Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

5. Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

Discover the diversity of Quito's street food scene and delight your palate at our favorite eateries in town. Begin your food adventure with sunset watching at a plaza and enjoy the panoramic views of the main valleys at your feet. Then it's time to dive into the food scene of Quito. First, sample a classic Andean drink and get ready for various foods samplings in two cool neighborhoods. Eat like a local on this tour and be surprised by the diversity of local produce and its unique combinations. Experience the bustle of the crowded stalls where local cab drivers grab a quick bite before heading to their night shifts. Savor homemade traditional dishes and enjoy a gastronomic paradise showcasing the natural abundance of Ecuador. Finish off the evening with a visit to a local bar.

Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

6. Mindo-Ziplining, Equator Museum and Chocolate Factory

Mindo is a mountain area watershed or landmark located at the western side of the Ecuadorian Andes, where two of the most bio-diverse ecoregions in the world meet, the Chocoan lowlands and the Tropical Andes. This private tour is recommended for all types of adventurous travelers. Below you’ll find the standard itinerary. As this is a private tour you can modify it to your own preferences. You can choose between a chocolate tour in Mindo, tubing in the river (cold water!), a butterfly tour, a tour at the Inti Nan museum and much more! Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. 7:00 AM Pickup at the hotel in Quito and start driving to Mindo 9:30 AM Coffee and delicious brownie at chocolate factory Quetzal (chocolate tour optional) 11:00 AM Canopy tour (10 lines) 1:00 PM Lunch at a local restaurant 4:00 PM Visit to the Intiñan museum, located 200 meters from the Middle of the World (equator) 6:00 PM Back in Quito

Cotopaxi Horseback Riding Tour from Quito

7. Cotopaxi Horseback Riding Tour from Quito

The tour begins with early morning pickup from your Quito hotel (Urban zone). After arrival at the ranch, be paired with a suitable horse, mount up, and spend some time learning the basic controls.  Once you feel comfortable, set out on a 2 or 3.5 hour trail ride in the Andes Mountains. Return to the ranch, at around 1:00 PM and enjoy lunch before heading back to Quito. Both beginners and experienced riders will enjoy this activity that provides the opportunity to appreciate the stunning landscapes of the national park.

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What people are saying about Quito

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5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Our tour with Ernesto was an absolute blast! From the beginning it was such a cool atmosphere, felt like a long term friend is showing us his city with loads of cool places, drinks and for sure the cool street art around Quito. Would definitely recommend it and thanks for showing us the cool side of Quito!

Nico, our guide, was fantastic. We got to hear about history, see churches, and eat native food. Food, drinks, and transportation are included. Quito is at a high elevation, so make sure you are comfortable with the altitude before taking this tour, as you will be walking most of the time.

Do not hesitate to take this tour! We had an incredible time and were able to see the majority of the tourist spots in Quito all in one day. Bring your walking shoes and prepare to be in awe by the end of the day!

It was a great experience of one day trip for city tour and middle of the world in Quito. The guide Ana is very knowledgeable for history, culture, even food. I learned a lot and enjoyed the activities.

This was a good full-day tour of downtown Quito and the Mitad del Mundo. We learned a lot obout the city and the country.