Experience deep historical roots with our Quito Tours
Ecuador’s capital city of Quito has some of the richest history in the whole of South America. With its center being one of the first places in the world that UNESCO declared a world heritage site. It is filled with colonial churches, thought-provoking museums, huge parks and soaring cable cars. Quito is certainly a place you can spend at least a few days. However, at first glance, this city can seem overwhelmingly busy, messy and intimidating. But know where to go and this city has a lot to offer all types of travelers. So sit back and let us guide you through the best places to visit with our guide to the best Quito tours.
Quito Tours inside the City
Admire the beautiful neo-gothic architecture of Basílica del Voto Nacional. Tourists can even pay to climb to the highest tower to take in amazing views of the city and surrounding mountains. Then explore el San Francisco one of the oldest buildings in the whole of Quito. The 16th-century church is decorated with lavish gold alters and striking colonial art. Visit the former home of famous Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. Or check out his nearby masterpiece museum La Capilla del Hombre with beautiful views of Quito. Also overlooking the city lies El Panecillo, a 200m hill that houses the famous Virgen de Quito Statue. Climb up and enjoy the views and appreciate just how far the city spans. Visit the colonial street of Calle La Ronda and get transported back in time as you wander the beautiful cobblestone paths.
Looking for places for coffee or places to eat? Check out the modern area of Plaza Foch buzzing with restaurants and nightlife. Or visit the bohemian district of Guapulo. Its cafes and bars are full of artists, musicians and writers, a cool place to relax for an afternoon.
Quito Tours outside the City
If you’re craving adventure then why not hike the perfectly shaped volcano Cotopaxi. Lying 50km south of Quito, this is one of the worlds highest volcanoes and guided climbs go regularly. Or ride the Tren de Los Volcanes. This train takes you through the stunning avenue of the volcanoes experiencing local culture on the way. Just under 2 hours from Quito sits the town of Otavalo. This town rich in indigenous culture is famous for its market Plaza de Los Ponchos. The market is one of the biggest in South America and sells all sorts of handmade goods. Otavalo is also surrounded by beautiful green scenery, waterfalls and a wild condor park.
Stand on both the northern and southern hemisphere at the same time at Mitad del Mundo. This 30m tall statue and site, lying 26km outside of Quito are perhaps one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It highlights the exact location of the equator of which Ecuador is named. Quito and it’s surrounding area has an abundance of activities and tourist sites. A part of the continent that should definetly not be missed.