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Quito: City Highlights and Food Walking Tour

1. 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.

From Quito: Cotopaxi Volcano and Colonial Hacienda Day Trip

2. From Quito: Cotopaxi Volcano and Colonial Hacienda Day Trip

See Cotopaxi Volcano, the second most popular destination in Ecuador. Begin the adventure at 8:00 am from Hotel Nu House, before travelling to the Cotopaxi Volcano, which is over 5,897 m or 19,347 ft, and be surrounded by pristine forests, mountains, lakes, wild horses and ecosystems which change amazingly according to elevation in this incredible reserve. Observe the exotic fauna during the first hike at Limpiopungo Lagoon, offered by this unforgettable adventure, before driving up to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters above sea level (14,763 ft) to enjoy a breath-taking view of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and to start a once-in-a-lifetime hike up to the refuge. Hike for one exciting and challenging hour, and then take time to admire the stunning view and visit the world-wide-known Refuge "José Rivas", located at 4.800 meters above sea level (15,748 ft). After finishing the hike, you'll drive downhill way towards a charming 300 years-old-hacienda to be delighted by its charming colonial architecture, history, and delicious gastronomy. Leave behind the noise and stress of the big city to visit Cotopaxi National Park, and experience a feeling of spirituality and love for nature. Return to Quito at approximately 4:30 pm to end this unforgettable adventure.

Quito: City Sightseeing Guided Night Walking Tour

3. Quito: City Sightseeing Guided Night Walking Tour

This excursion takes from two and a half to three hours. Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 p.m. to start a short evening drive along Quito's most interesting sites, like The Church and Square of San Blas, founded in 1568; the Sucre Theatre, an exceptional building of the 19th century; the Convent of El Carmen Bajo and many other architectonic jewels! You will do a wonderful full walk along the main streets, plus quick stops in the most beautiful spots of Quito's colonial town, in order to see the incredible structures, buildings, monasteries, churches and squares lighted up by the moonlight and splendid colours! This is the best and safest opportunity to enjoy the lovely atmosphere of Quito at night. It is also possible to visit the charming neighbourhood of La Ronda where we can try one the most famous home-made-cocktails of the sierra region called “Canelazo”, which is a mixture of a hot cinnamon tea, passion fruit juice and a few drops of a safe local “moon shine”. After your unforgettable walk, you will drive up to the top of "El Panecillo" hill, which is located at 3.200 meters above sea level (10,000 ft), to appreciate the beautiful contrast of colourful lights on the squares and avenues, distributed in the irregular topography of the city. On the way back to the hotel you will stop in front of the Basilica de Quito, an extraordinary church built with neo-gothic style! You will be back in your hotel approximately at 9:30 p.m.

Quito: Night Street Food and Local Drinks Tour

4. 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.

Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

5. Quito: Chocolate Lovers Tour

Explore the flavors of Ecuador on a walking tour with an expert foodie guide. Meet one of the top chefs in the country, and try local wines and chocolate cocktails. Your tour takes you through the beautiful La Floresta neighborhood, where you'll wind up at one of the most beloved restaurants in Quito. Learn about the local produce and the fairtrade culture of Ecuador's small communities. Enjoy creative, chocolate-based cocktails, the best local coffee, and the perfect wine for pairing while you learn about the culture and history of the region's gastronomy.

Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

6. Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

Twenty minutes from the northwest of Quito you will find this amazing “Middle of the World” experience. You will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have a chance to participate in several experiments on Intiñan Museum (such as watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial, etc…) In The Middle of the World city´s complex, you will be able to visit a fascinating ethnographic museum that gives a great overview of the many distinct cultures of this small country. You will also enjoy of the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the latitude zero inside of the Pululahua Geo-botanical Reserve.

Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

7. Quito: Private Mindo Cloud Forest Tour with Cable Car Ride

After pickup from your hotel in Quito, take a 2-hour ride to the Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo. Explore the cloud forest with your private bilingual guide, and appreciate the picturesque scenery even more on an included cable car ride. Learn about the 4 stages in the lives of butterflies at the butterfly garden, where you can observe around 1,200 of these colorful creatures. Next, walk through the cloud forest to one of the most visited natural attractions in Mindo, the Nambillo Waterfall. Formed by a rapid in the Nambillo, it's a popular natural spa. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the pool area, if you like. At the end of your, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in Quito.

Quito: Street Food Essentials

8. 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: Guided Street Art Tour with local drinks

9. 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.

Mindo Ziplining

10. Mindo Ziplining

To begin your zip line experience, receive a briefing on the safety methods used during the activity by a highly skilled guide. The guide accompanies the group at all times throughout the activity. The first cable begins on a raised platform. You walk from the arrival site of one cable to the departure site of the next one. The walks vary between 13 feet to 492 feet (4 meters to 150 meters), and are somewhat intense in nature. Everyone walks together on the trails and waits at each platform, so you’ll be with your family and friends. Enjoy a total of ten unique cable rides which vary in length and catch spectaclar views of the forest canopy.

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What people are saying about Quito

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 43 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.

Ernesto was absolutely terrific! The tour was informative, enjoyable, and the stops for lunch and a chocolate tasting gave us a glimpse into authentic Quito. (For an extra special bonus, ask Ernesto to take you to “Güero Güey”, the absolute best taqueria in town!)

Such an amazing experience! We always love doing food tours in new cities. This was one of the best! Loved the variety of foods, stories, and exploration!! This is a must do while in Quito!!!

Nicolas was so nice, helpful and fun Highly recommend it