Top 7 Quito City Tours
Ecuador’s capital, Quito, is nestled among the Avenue of the Volcanoes in central Ecuador. The first city to earn UNESCO World Heritage status, Quito is said to have more churches per capita than any other Latin American city. Stroll through the historic old town, visit the Cathedral and Plaza de la Independencia on a tour of Quito. But Quito is not just a historic city; the modern part is decorated with parks, plazas, shopping centers, restaurants, and bars. The influx of retired ex-pats, attracted by free healthcare and the affordable cost of living, gives the city an international flair. Spend the night and enjoy a Quito tour before heading off to the Galapagos Islands – or add an extra day in Quito to visit the Mitad del Mundo museum or the Otavalo Market.
City of Quito
During a Quito Ecuador tour, you’ll definitely want to visit the Cathedral of Quito on Plaza de la Independencia. Also walk around the modern part of Quito with its parks, shopping centers, and offices. Go on top of El Panecillo to see the large statue of the Virgin Mary called La Virgen del Panecillo. Just outside of Quito, visit the Mitad del Mundo monument that is situated 240 meters away from the real equator. Travel 11 miles (18km) north of Quito to the Middle of the World Complex and put one foot in each hemisphere. From Quito, you can also visit small indigenous communities, such as the Otavalo, and learn more about their indigenous traditions. See below to find our tours that include Quito tours. Quito is almost automatically part of any Galapagos tour as you need to connect here to the domestic flight over. To secure the connection, we do recommend that you overnight in Quito and by doing so also have a tour of the town.
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